By Kevin Hart October 19, 2010 8:43 pm
The famous “wish list” – every school has one. It’s the list of new programs or learning opportunities the school would like to implement, if only the funds were available. With education budgets being eviscerated throughout the country, grants may be the best opportunity to bring some items from your wish list to life.
Here are five grant and award competitions that are now accepting applications. You just may find the money your school needs to improve student learning and health, or to provide world-class professional development for its educators.
Fund For Teachers Grant
Applications are now available for 2011 Fund For Teachers Grants. Fund for Teachers provides grants for teachers to pursue meaningful experiences that will help them enrich their classroom instruction. Past Fund For Teachers fellows have done everything from kayaking the Lower Mississippi River to conduct science experiments, to participating in an archeological dig in Israel. Applications are due in January, and awardees are notified in April. Fellowships occur over the summer.
Great American Classroom Makeover
Great American Financial Resources is going to pay for “makeovers” for three classrooms this year. First place includes $2,500 for your classroom, and $2,500 for your school; second place provides $1,500 for your classroom, and $1,500 for your school; and third place offers $1,000 for your classroom and $1,000 for your school. A short application, which must include a photo of your classroom, is due by November 13. Finalists will be notified in December, and the public will vote in January to decide which classrooms win.
Great American Salad Bar Project
Whole Foods is sponsoring a competition to put healthy salad bars in local schools. Any public schools – elementary, middle, or high schools – within a 50-mile radius of a Whole Foods Market store are eligible to apply. If you or your students are getting tired of pizza and tater tots, a salad bar may be the perfect addition for your cafeteria. But you need to hurry — the deadline for submitting grant applications is November 1, 2010.
The School of the Future Design Competition
This competition challenges middle school student teams to design schools that will enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive, and engage the surrounding community. The students will present their project to a jury for review. The first-place regional winning teams will receive travel and hotel accommodations to participate in the final jury process, slated for April 13, 2011 at the National Education Association. The students will attend a reception in their honor hosted by the National Association of REALTORS and spend a day on Capitol Hill with their respective members of Congress. The week’s events culminate in the Awards Ceremony, April 14, 2011, where the winning schools will receive cash prizes. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2010.
SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards
As temperatures start to dip across America, plenty of educators and students are thinking about sunnier days. The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards may be just the remedy. These awards recognize students and educators for grassroots efforts to protect the environment. Eight winning projects will receive $10,000 to benefit their projects and an all-expenses-paid trip for three students and one adult leader to a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park for a special awards event. From the eight projects, one outstanding environmental educator will receive $5,000; an all-expenses-paid trip for themselves and one guest to a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park for a special awards event; and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2011 National Science Teachers Association national conference. Entries are due by December 1, 2010.
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