John Wesley believed in the importance of educating all children, and United Methodists have a history of supporting the rights of all children to a quality education. If you know of a program or ministry in your congregation and community that is focused on education, consider applying for one or more of these GRANTS! The deadlines are approaching quickly!
Innovations to Improve Child Literacy Supported
The All Children Reading Competition, an initiative of USAID, AusAID, and World Vision, seeks to improve reading skills and literacy rates among primary grade children in low-resource settings. Funding will be provided for innovations that focus on the following two areas: access to improved teaching and learning materials, and better education data to support decision-making, transparency, incentives, and accountability. Projects must be carried out in eligible low- and middle-income countries. (A list of eligible countries is available in the Request for Applications.) U.S. and non-U.S. for-profit companies, non-governmental organizations and associations, academic or research institutions, faith-based organizations, civil society, and foundations are eligible to apply for grants of up to $300,000 over a two-year period. Local organizations in the eligible low- and lower-middle income countries are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 31, 2012. Visit the initiative’s website to download the Request for Applications.
School Improvement Projects Funded
The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program, funded by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, provides grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to public K-12 schools and parent groups associated with public schools throughout the U.S. for projects to improve schools. Preference is given to requests that have a permanent impact, such as facility enhancements or landscaping/clean up projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit are favored. For 2011-2012, priority will be given to projects focused on basic needs. The spring 2012 application deadline is February 17. However, if 1,500 applications are received before the application deadline, the application process will close. Visit the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education website to access the online application process.
Funds for Teacher Development and Projects to Enhance Student Achievement
The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation makes grants to support educators’ efforts to close the achievement gap, develop creative learning opportunities for students, and enhance their own professional development. Learning & Leadership grants provide opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth. Student Achievement grants provide support to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. Applicants for both grants must be practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades pre-K–12, public school education support professionals, or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Applications are reviewed three times a year; the upcoming deadline is February 1, 2012. Visit the NEA Foundation’s website to submit an application online.
Fellowships for Teacher Enrichment Activities in Selected States
The Fund for Teachers awards fellowships to pre-K-12 classroom teachers in selected school districts in a number of states and Washington, DC so that they may participate in training and enriching activities that will improve their skills as teachers. Applicants must propose a summer activity and explain how the endeavor will make the applicant a better teacher; how the applicant will implement his or her new improved skills in the classroom; and how these improved skills will benefit students, curricula, and the school. Teachers must have a minimum of three years experience and be full-time teachers spending at least 50% of their time in the classroom. Eligible teachers may apply as individuals (funding limit of $5,000) or as a team (funding limit of $10,000). The application deadline is January 27, 2012. Visit the Fund’s website for detailed fellowship guidelines for each location.
Minigrants for Creative Classroom Projects
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s Minigrant Program provides awards of up to $500 to public schools and public libraries for projects that foster creative expression, working together, and interaction with a diverse community. The grants provide educators with the opportunity to create special activities outside the standard curriculum. Previously funded programs include pen pal projects, murals, quilts, theatre productions, newspaper or other publications, intergenerational activities, and programs that bring disparate communities together. Public schools, public libraries, and preschool Head Start programs in the United States, including Puerto Rico and Guam, are eligible to apply. The application deadline is March 15, annually. Applications may be submitted online through the Foundation’s website.