Magazine article Technology & Learning

A Web Tour

Magazine article Technology & Learning

A Web Tour

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The Internet is a great place to learn about grants. You can visit Web sites that list lots of grants to find precisely the one that meets your needs (see "But Wait, There's More!"). Sometimes an entire application package will be available at the funder's site. You can get advice on how to write your proposal and review successful ones to see how they're done. While it's the strength of your concept that matters most, the sites below are good starting places for finding, writing, and winning grants.

Sample Winning Proposal

It never hurts to look at a winner for ideas. Check out Core Values, (webtest.ousd.k12.ca.us/cvf/core_values /about project/index_project.html), the California Technology Literacy Challenge Fund grant to the Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, Calif. Read an abstract, the entire proposal, and other documents.

Types of Grants

In general, grants fall into four main categories: federal, state, corporate, and foundation. For details on the requirements and parameters of these types of grants, check out the representative samples below.

* Federal

National Endowment for the Humanities Schools for a New Millennium (www.neh.gov/grants/ onebook.html) Purpose: To enable schools through partnership with colleges and communities; to design professional development activities integrating digital technology into the humanities classroom.

* State

California's Technology Literacy Challenge Grant (www.cde.ca. gov/tlc/) Purpose: To stimulate effective applications of education technologies in communities across the state. The challenges include: uses of information technology to improve learning in classrooms, homes, and workplaces; the need for teacher training and support services; better software that involves students in engaging activities to meet high academic standards; and strong partnerships to link schools with new learning opportunities at home, in the community, and at work.

* Corporate

Open Gateways Grants from Sun Microsystems, Inc. (www.sun.com/ aboutsun/comm_invest/ogp/ about.html) Purpose: To strengthen a school's capacity for utilizing technology as a tool to deliver effective models for instruction and to help improve student outcomes.

* Private Foundation

Toshiba's Grade 7-12 Grant Program from Toshiba America Foundation (www.toshiba.com/ about/taf/grant.html) Purpose: To encourage programs, projects, and activities that have the potential to improve the classroom teaching and learning of science, mathematics, and the science and mathematics of technology.

Advice on Writing Grant Proposals

* Proposal Writing Short Course (fdncenter.org/learn/shortcourse/ prop1.html) This includes a short course on proposal writing that is free and online. It looks at the components of a grant proposal and describes the type of information you need to provide and advice on how best to do it.

* Corporation for Public Broadcasting (www.cpb.org/grants/grantwriting.html) The Corporation for Public Broadcasting evaluates hundreds of proposals each year for a variety of funding purposes. Their publication, "Basic Elements of Grant Writing," is an easy guide to the basics of grant writing and is offered to assist applicants to CPB and other funding sources.

* Beginning Grant Writing, An Educator's Guide (www.uml.edu/ College/Education/Faculty/ lebaron/GRANTBEGIN/) The Internet gives the beginning grant writer a distinct advantage, because it allows one to locate funding sources, access information about the grant writing process, and to seek technical assistance as needed. …

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