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Funding Resources

With a little a little patience and diligence, it is possible to identify sources of grant funding. The following options focus on support for technology in education. However, if you have other innovative classroom projects you'd like to fund, searching for sponsors is just a click away. You can use search engines and databases but be sure to narrowly define the type of grant you are looking for. 

 The Springfield Public Schools offer grant writing tips and tools to search for grant opportunities . This is a great place to start!

Each year Creative Classroom Online provides three grants of $2500 to support innovative educational projects. The application process is simple-- just answer one question!

"If we show you the money, how will you use it to make your dream project come true?"

There is a printable application form available online. Once completed, it should be mailed by October 2,2000 to:

          Creative Classroom
149 5th Avenue, 12th Floor
           New York, New York  10010

Sprint offers grants for programs that encourage the innovative use of technology in the classrom. The Sprint Foundation has an ongoing proposal process that awards grants quaterly.

All applications must include:

  • Background information on the requesting organization;
  • A summary of the program or project for which funds are requested;
  • Budget information for the program or project;
  • Information on other sources of support;
  • A copy of the organization's 501(c)(3) tax exempt ruling;
  • A current financial statement

Proposals should be sent to:

       Executive Director
       Sprint Foundation
       2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway
       Westwood, KS 66205

The Springfield Public Schools Foundation  offers mini-grants to teachers within the district. The maximum amount currently awarded is $1000. This money is available to fund projects for a wide varitey of educational purposes, including technology initiatives. Grant applications are available from the board office and are due in March each year.  A panel of educators and Foundation board members review the applications to decide which projects to fund.Since these grants are awarded locally and not very heavily solicited, chances of being selected are quite good.

Ameritech has an impressive site, Technology Advisor, that promises to consider grant applications for educational projects. One of the priorities is to fund initiatives that "help school administrators and teachers understand the use of telecommunications technologies, encourage professional development for teachers to incorporate communications technologies into the classroom, and that recognize and reward teachers who apply telecommunications technologies in teaching and learning." There is no deadline for submitting proposals.

Prepare a brief letter of inquiry that includes the following:.

  • A description of the organization, its history and purpose
  • A list of the organization's Board of Directors and their affiliations.
  • An overview of the proposed project for which funding is requested, including evidence of the need for the activity. DO NOT SUBMIT REQUESTS FOR OPERATING SUPPORT.
  • A summary of the project's budget showing anticipated sources of revenue and expenses.
  • The amount of the grant requested.
  • Measurements to evaluate the grant's effectiveness. For grants awarded, feedback and evaluation are required within 60 days of completion for one-time project support; or, annually for multi-year pledges.
  • Plans for publicizing the grant and project that's submitted.
  • The geographic area served by the organization and project.
  • Beneficiaries of the program.
  • Other corporate or foundation support including a list of the organization's top 12 contributors, and amounts they contribute on an annualized basis.
  • Documentation of the 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service, or equivalent.

 This information should be sent to:

Donna Jernigan
Director of Corporate Contributions for Illinois Ameritech
225 W. Randolph, 30-A
Chicago, Illinois 60606

The Illinois State Board of Education has information regarding grants specifically for charter schools. Our school is eligible for continued support from the implementation grants offered. These are federally funded and are intended to offset costs for the aquisition of equipment, materials and supplies. The RFP is quite extensive and requires detailed accounting of projected expenses and program specifics. Since the grants range from $30,000 to $45,0000 they are worth the effort to apply.

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