Introduction to Grants Central Station Karen Brooks
Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/costas
It's All About The Fruit Program http://www.kidsgardening.org/grants/jamba.asp
Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants http://www.raconline.org/funding/funding_details.php?funding_id=1795
Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education: Dept of Commerce Grant http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=56016
Verizon Education and Literacy Grants http://foundation.verizon.com/core/education.shtml http://foundation.verizon.com/grant/application.shtml Verizon Foundation only accepts electronic proposals. Find out how to use our simple Apply Online process. The Verizon Foundation reviews unsolicited proposals on a continuous calendar year basis from January 1st through the last business day of October.
Family Literacy Library Services Grant Program http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/familylit/ Submitted online to the Division of Library Development by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2010.
International Youth Art Competition (Grades K-12) In April 2011, experts from around the world will gather in Houston for the International Academy of Astronautics Humans in Space Symposium. As part of this event, students ages 10-17 are invited to express their ideas about the future of human space exploration through visual, literary, musical or digital art. Winning art will be displayed at the Symposium and in an online gallery. Submissions must be received by Dec. 3, 2010 . "Kids in Micro-g" Challenge (Grades 5-8) "Kids in Micro-g" is a student experiment design challenge geared toward grades 5-8. Its purpose is to give students a hands-on opportunity to design an experiment or simple demonstration that will have observably different results when performed in the classroom and aboard the International Space Station. Experiment proposals may be submitted by educators on the behalf of student groups. Winning proposals will be performed aboard the space station. Proposals are due Dec. 8, 2010 .
RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge (Grades 9-12 and Higher Education) The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge invites high school students to work cooperatively as engineers and scientists to solve real-world problems. Participants explore and design solutions to two problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope. Project solutions for Phase 1 of the challenge are due Dec. 15, 2010 . Teams who complete the first phase are then paired with participating college engineering students to begin Phase 2, the InWorld phase of the challenge. 2011 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (Grades K-12) The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, D.C., serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be employed full-time in an elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching full-time for at least five of the last seven years. Applications are due Jan. 4, 2011 .
Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award (Grades K-12) Do you know K-12 teachers who are making a difference in education through the use of technology? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning are eligible. The deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2011 .
Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge (Grades 5-8 and Informal) The Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge is open to students in grades 5-8. Teams of up to six students are challenged to create a Sustainable Water Recycling System for the moon. The challenge uses real-world scenarios that meet science and mathematics content standards. Students can participate in a formal, informal or home-school setting. Teams will test their system on a simulated wastewater stream and report results to NASA. Entries are due Feb. 28, 2011 .
NASA Space Settlement Design Contest (Grades 5-12) Design a space colony! Space colonies are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space colony involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines. This contest is for 11-18-year-old students from anywhere in the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grades 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. Submissions must be received by March 15, 2011 .
Scholastic Book Grants http://www.scholastic.com/aboutscholastic/communitybookgrants.htm
Digital Wish Grants http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grants
Please look at http://www.techlearning.com/article/31022
These are 2009 grant winners – Best Practices in grant winners. The winners expressed what they where doing in the grant and why they think they won .
Do you see any patters ?
Common Errors in Grant Writing http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/funding/common_errors_grantwriting
“ I don't believe there is a special language, but I do believe there are words and phrases that speak clearly to the reader. I keep a list of "instead ofs" that I refer to when I write and when I edit.”
“ For example instead of this phrase, try these words”:
in view of, use because in a number of cases, several in view of the fact that, because in all probability, probably in the event that, if in the vicinity of, near it is imperative that, be sure that arrived at the conclusion, concluded make decisions, decide last but not least, finally
“ You get the idea. Keep it simple and to the point. Your reader will understand what you are trying to do and your grant will have a better chance of being funded.”
“ Dr. Julie Miller, in her book "Business Writing That Counts" suggests that we eliminate the ultimate weasel word: there. She believes that it does not produce engaging prose and should be expunged forever from your writing. There is, there was, there has been, there will be are all examples of dull, flat writing. Starting sentences with this non-word is a lazy way of writing.”
Suggestions by Dr. Julie Miller http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/funding/common_errors_grantwriting
“ As you weigh your choice of words, select from strong action verbs. You will build your own list of action verbs over time. For example, many proposals ask you to include information about key players in the proposal implementation. You will have your key project implementers submit their resumes for inclusion in the appendix of the grant. In the narrative, you will write a few sentences about each person and the role that individual will play in your grant.”
Looking at your list of action verbs will help you. A few to consider include: