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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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Professional Development Grants for Science and Math Teachers

Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 16:01 PM / by Vickie Garton-Gundling posted in education, mathematics grant, grants for mathematics education, STEM teaching, STEM Education, STEAM grants, ducational funding, education grants, education funding, grants for education, grants for math education, STEM grants, STEM funding, professional development grant, teacher grant, stem education grants, grants for steam, teacher development grants, grants for teacher development

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It is well known that The United States ranks much lower in science and math education outcomes than many other countries (Pew Research Center, 2017). As a result, government entities, national organizations, businesses, and private foundations are investing in teacher professional development so today’s educators can better train tomorrow’s innovators in the fields of science and math. Below is just a sampling of the myriad of grants available for professional development for science and math teachers.

General STEM Professional Development Grants

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation: Learning and Leadership Grants

Though the NEA Learning and Leadership Grants are offered to teachers in any field, at present the NEA states it will give preference to teachers who seek funds to travel to professional development events in the fields of STEM or “global competence” improvement. Applicants must be current NEA members working at a public institution, and either groups or individuals may apply. In additional to educational groups and teachers, other educational professionals—such as bus drivers, custodial staff, and food service staff—are also encouraged to apply. Awards are either $2,000 or $5,000, and there are three deadlines each year: February 1st, June 1st, and October 15th.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science: Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

This grant / fellowship provides funding for K-12 teachers to gain real-world professional development by working at a Federal agency or Congressional office for eleven months. Participants have the opportunity to affect national education policies while learning valuable information about the latest innovations in their educational fields. To be eligible, teachers must be U.S. citizens who are currently employed as a STEM educator at a U.S. public or private school. Additionally, all applicants must have at least five full years of STEM teaching experience. For the full eligibility requirements, see the Eligibility section of the FAQs.  The application period is typically mid-August to mid-November, and this year’s deadline for the 2019-2020 term is November 15th, 2018.

Science Professional Development Grants

The National Weather Association Foundation (NWAF): Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants

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10 of the Most Money-Giving Private Foundations:

Wed, May 6, 2015 @ 10:05 AM / by Mary Ross posted in after school program, education funds, community development, community development grant, STEM Education, free grant money, nonprofit grants, grants for education, grants for math education, enviornmental grants, enviornmental funding, STEM funding, nonprofit funding, professional development grant, top ten U.S. foundations, grants for Underprivileged, community engagement, education grant, afterschool program, after school programs, top foundations, grants for environment, foundations, foundation grant, foundation grant money, foundation grants, community grant, grants for envirvonmental projects

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When looking for a grant to fit your organization’s needs, consider both government grants and foundation grants.  While both types can provide the funding you need, government grants can take six months to a year for review while private foundations typically take only three months.  So, if you need a quicker turnaround, you may want to look at which private foundations are giving the most money and consider how you can appeal to those foundations’ goals.  Here are 10 foundations that are giving the most money. 

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