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Libraries = Strong Communities

Mon, Apr 15, 2019 @ 11:04 AM / by Stephanie Heiland posted in grants for libraries, library grants, libraries help find grants, grant resources at libraries

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From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.  As we celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers during National Library Week April 7- 13, check out these great grant opportunities and funding resources available through libraries and to support libraries in our communities.

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Grants for Technology-Assisted  Education

Tue, Feb 12, 2019 @ 11:02 AM / by Vickie Garton-Gundling posted in education resources, grants for educational technology, educational funding, educational grants, technology grant, professional development grant, teacher grant, grants for Underprivileged, school resources, afterschool programs, after school programs, grants for libraries, grants for technology, school grant, classroom resources, library grants, grants for after school programs, at risk youth, disadvantaged youth, disadvantaged youth grants, educational technology grants, at risk youth grants, grants for disadvantaged youth, grants for at risk youth, grants for teachers, grants for international use, school technology grants, grant for school technology, teacher development grants, grants for teacher development, school library grants, school libraries

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There is still much debate about the ideal role and typical results of technology use for educational purposes. Some worry that technology is a distraction to students, decreases individual critical thinking skills, or inhibits quality research from reputable sources. Yet many studies and surveys have actually found substantial benefits to technology use in educational settings, such as increased student engagement, better workforce preparation for students in today’s digital age, more personalized educational experiences, and even monetary savings on the development of and access to curriculum and learning materials (Centre Technologies, 2015). However, many students, teachers, and schools lack access to technology due to financial constraints. Luckily, many organizations and businesses offer grants to support technology-assisted educational initiatives.

IGT's After School Advantage Program
IGT’s main goal for this program is to equalize after-school educational opportunities for underprivileged youth aged 5 - 18 through added or enhanced technology for learning purposes. To this end, IGT works with chosen non-profit agencies to build customized digital learning centers or renovate existing digital learning centers to improve after-school programming. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
This Foundation offers a variety of educational grants. In particular, the Data-Driven Education grant supports learning programs and school-wide initiatives that make it possible to collect and assess data toward improved educational gains. Technology resources and education are essential for any educational data collection enterprise, and grant proposals may include requests for new technology in the classroom to assist data collection, plans for professional development programs to help teach educators innovative data collection methods, or initiatives to improve safety and security measures when gathering and storing student learning data. Eligible organizations must be located in the United States, Africa, or India; please take the Foundation’s eligibility quiz for more information on the grant’s eligibility requirements. The Foundation typically funds no more than 25% of a proposed project’s budget. Initial proposal applications are accepted on a rolling basis and typically reviewed within six weeks. 

Schools and Libraries E-Rate Program
This Universal Service Administration, Co. program offers discounts to eligible schools and libraries to obtain internet access and other telecommunications connections essential for quality educational programming. For details on specific school and library eligibility requirements, visit this page.  Service discounts range from 20% - 90%. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please review the “application process flow chart” PDF at this website for more information on the full application requirements and process.

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Centre Technologies: https://centretechnologies.com/importance-of-technology-in-the-classroom/
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Grants for Literacy Education

Fri, Feb 8, 2019 @ 15:02 PM / by Vickie Garton-Gundling posted in reading grant, literacy grants, literacy, education grants, grants for libraries, library grants, grant funding, school library grants, school libraries

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The ability to read and write is something many of us take for granted. Yet, USA Today reports, 1 in 7 adults—or 32 million adults—in the United States cannot read, according to a U.S. Department of Education literacy assessment study (2011). Literacy education seeks to reduce these numbers by teaching reading, writing, critical thinking, second language acquisition, and other important literacy skills. Whether your school or organization provides literacy education for children, adults, or families, there are many grants available for literacy education funding and resources.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

This Foundation offers five different grants for literacy education:

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