Grants and contests

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Description: Create a lesson plan and qualify to win as many as 43 different grants for hardware and software. Digital Wish is a public charity designed to help educators locate much-needed funding for technology. Regardless of whether you win one of these grants, your technology wish list will be posted publicly so that donors can make a contribution to your classroom. It's basically a wedding registry for technology products! There's a searchable library of grants, and a myriad of ideas for fundraising.
Deadline: Ongoing
The Verizon Foundation is in the business of improving lives in literacy, knowledge, and a readiness for the 21st Century. Specifically, Verizon wants to help people to increase their literacy and educational achievement.
Deadline: Ongoing quarterly
Do you need $500 to further the growth and success of your program or turn your idea into reality? Did you recently create a sustainable community action project, program or organization or have a great idea for helping your community? If you answered "YES!", you're eligible to apply for a Do Something Grant. Best of all - they're given out WEEKLY!
Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and stay active for consideration for two months after submission
Intel’s primary giving focus is education. Intel has a strong interest in supporting K-12 and higher education, and community programs that deliver the kind of educational opportunities that all students will need to prepare themselves to succeed in the 21st century. Intel vigorously supports education through donations and grants for programs that advance science, math, and technology education, particularly for women and underserved populations.
Deadline: Ongoing
Back to School Grants: The Dollar General Back-to-School Grants provide funding to assist schools in meeting some of the financial challenges they face in implementing new programs, or purchasing new equipment, materials or software for their school library or media center. Maximum grant amount is $5,000.
Deadline: May of each year to be announced August of each year
Youth Literacy Grants: The Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries and non-profit organizations to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Maximum grant amount is $3,000.
Deadline: May of each year to be announced August of each year
Donors Choose is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.
Deadine: On-going
Grants award between $250 - $2,500 and proposals must promote understanding of environmental issues and focus on hands-on involvement. Grants are for elementary to high school grades.
Deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 of each year
NEA offers two grants: Learning & Leadership Grant as well as the Student Achievement Grant. Grant awards range from $2,000 to $5,000. Learning & Leadership Grants provide opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Student Achievement Grants provide $5,000 to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter.
Deadline: February 1, June 1, and October 15.
This year, we challenge ourselves to seek ways to provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through these challenging times efficiently and with the greatest impact. In 2009, basic needs will take priority. Please keep this focus in mind as you apply for a Toolbox for Education grant in the 2009-2010 academic year. Awards up to $5,000.
Deadline: Please check the website in July 2009 for a list of the 2009-2010 deadlines.
Teach@15 Award (Best Buy)
Deadlines: Ongoing every 15 days
The Teach@15 Award Program helps schools serving any grades 7-12 meet their technology needs. Teens (age 13-18) who are registered members on ("members") can nominate their schools to win a Teach@15 Award.  Starting Sept. 1, teen members can vote once a day for 15 days for one nomination.  Every 15 days, Best Buy will award 3 schools with Best Buy gift cards. The school with the most wins $1,500, school in 2nd place wins $1,000 and the school in third wins $500.
** Best Buy only allows you to use the money on Best Buy products.  This has to be carefully coordinated to make sure you are buying hardware that is compatible and approved with the FCPS network.
September Deadlines
The NAMM Foundation provides grants to worthy programs that advance access to music education and music making for people of all ages.
Deadline: September 30
October Deadlines
Deadline: October 1
The mission of Toshiba America Foundation is to promote quality science and mathematics education in U.S. schools. Grants are made for programs and activities that improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics, grades K-12. The Foundation focuses its grant making on inquiry-based projects designed by individual teachers, and small teams of teachers, for use in their own classrooms. Average award: $500 - $20,000. 
December Deadlines
Deadline: Early December
MICCA is offering educators in Maryland an opportunity to apply for grants to encourage the use of technology in teaching. Grants not to exceed $700.00 will be awarded. The grants provide funding to be used to promote new ideas in the use of educational technology and to improve student achievement. 
 May Deadlines
Local Target stores offer grants for the arts, early childhood reading, and family violence prevention. Grant money ranges from $1,000 - $3,000. The window for applying is from March 1 – May 31
The Tech Awards is an international awards program that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity. Awards are presented in five categories: Health, Education, Environment, Economic Development, and Equality. Three Laureates in each category are honored and one Laureate per category receives $50,000.
Deadline: On-going
Sponsored by Discovery Education and CDWG. They have monthly drawings for prizes. Simply complete the form to enter. Disclaimer: The site states, “Taxes on prizes and all expenses related to acceptance and use of prizes and not specified are the sole responsibility of the winning school. By participating, entrants and their schools agree to these rules”. Deadline: ongoing
The first contest is a poetry contest found though Creative Communication. The contest is open for K-12 students and there are over $3,000 worth of prizes. The students who win the contest in each grade level category win money as well as a free copy of the anthology that is created from the winning entries. Schools with 15 or more kids accepted into the anthology will receive a writing achievement award and they are eligible for a $250 grant. (Check back after the deadline passes for next year’s contest.) There are two deadlines for this contest:
October for Essay
December for Poetry
November Deadlines
The Presidential Award for Reading and Technology honors educators in grades K–12 who are making an outstanding and innovative contribution to the use of technology in reading education.
Deadline: November 15
The Vernier Technology Awards will recognize and reward the innovative use of data collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom. $1,000 prize in cash, $1,000 in Vernier products, and $1,000 towards expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education.
Deadline: November 30
The National Coalition for Women in Technology (NCWIT) announces its Award for Aspirations in Computing. This award recognizes young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. All U.S. high school young women (grades 9-12) are invited to apply. Qualified awardees receive $500 in cash, a laptop computer, and other recognition. English and Spanish language versions of the award materials are available.
Deadline: mid-November
February Deadlines
MSET K-12 Desktop Publishing Student Contest
Description: The K-12 Desktop Publishing Contest recognizes several K-12 Maryland student winners each year. Individual students may submit an original, written product that has been computer-generated. The entry may be fictional or non-fictional about a topic of the student’s choice. The writing piece should be well-developed, organized, and accurate; contain few errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics; and have an appropriate format for the type of writing selected (poetry, letters, etc.). Most importantly, the presentation style of the writing piece should reflect the best uses of technology when: formatting text, choosing a font and layout, and selecting graphics that enhance the piece of writing. There are 4 grade level categories for this contest: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. (I have seen entries win using Publisher, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, or Scholastic Keys.) DEADLINE: Feb. 1
MSET K-12 Graphic Art Student Contest
Description: The K-12 Graphic Arts Contest recognizes several K-12 Maryland student winners each year. Individual students may submit an original art product, color or black and white, that is generated with a computer. Entries must be completely computer generated, with no enhancements made using other artistic tools. The artwork should be mostly completed in freehand with a minimum of clip art or stamps; show originality and demonstrate elements of creative expression; have a center of interest that draws your eye in; be balanced with in the space used; and be unified so that all pieces flow with one another. The originality of the artwork is valued. There are 4 grade level categories for this contest: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. (Entries have won using Microsoft Paint, Photoshop or Pixie)   DEADLINE: Feb. 1

MSET K-12 Student and Teacher Multimedia Contest

Description: The Multimedia Contest recognizes several K-12 Maryland student winners and one teacher winner each year for their creations using multimedia software such as KidPix, Pixie, PhotoStory, Windows Movie Maker, and PowerPoint. Winners’ creations are featured at the annual conference. There are 4 grade level categories for the student contest: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. (I have seen entries win with PowerPoint, Web Blender, MovieMaker or Photostory.)   Winners of MSET grants and contests receive free membership to their annual technology conference in Baltimore to attend an award ceremony.  DEADLINE: Feb. 1
Sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the ExploraVision competition gives students in grades K - 12 the chance to create their own visions of the future. It's a challenging but rewarding contest in which student teams select and research a current technology, and then explore what it could be like 20 years from now. Research topics can blend in with your syllabus, enhancing your students' grasp of your material and helping you meet classroom goals.

Members of the four first-place teams will each receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond and an expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to be recognized for their achievements. Four second-place teams will also receive $5,000 savings bonds. Big thinking and big stakes those are great reasons for your students to start imagining the future.

Deadline: February 2
March Deadlines
A scholarship awarded to a PK–2 educator who has demonstrated vision and creativity in a project or program that effectively integrates technology in the classroom and/or school. $500 scholarship will be awarded.
Deadline: March 16
This annual award will be presented to three teams of a school librarian and collaborating teacher who have conducted an exemplary technology program extending beyond the library to meet the needs of classroom students and teachers. $1,000 cash prize.
Deadline: March 31
ISTE is pleased to announce a new annual award for an outstanding young educator under age 35. Eligible nominees include teachers, technology coordinators, library media specialists, administrators, etc., in public, private, and independent schools (around the world), as well as educators in community and after school programs.
Deadline: Nominations open January 5 and close March 15
June Deadlines
The Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award
The Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award recognizes and encourages the critical collaboration between the teacher and media specialist to promote learning, increase student achievement and develop 21st century skills. All K–12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada are eligible for the award. Three winners will receive a $2,500 (U.S.) cash award; Gale products (approximate value $500 U.S.); a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection and choice of professional publications from Linworth Books (approximate value $800 U.S.).
Deadline: June 15