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LEGO Education Grant Services

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:32 pm

From LEGO Education:

Funding Through Disaster

The effects of the economy and the deluge administered by tsunamis, mudslides, and earthquakes have caused several grant sources to change their programs, indicating they may decrease the number of grants or curtail the amounts offered. The budget deficits in New York and California and the anguish voiced by many other state entities indicate a stiff challenge for education in acquiring the additional funds to continue their desired technological progress.

However, some avenues, as a result of the Title I School Improvement Grants, have the objective to turn around the nation's lowest-performing schools. These monies must be spent over the next three years unless schools receive a waiver. Districts identify the turnaround schools and choose one of the four models available: turnaround, restart, school closure, and transformation. Funds will be distributed competitively to school districts based on the Title I formulas. Learn more at www.ed.gov/programs/sif/applicant.html.

In addition, many in the private grant sector are eager to assist schools that need to turn around or those that are advancing into this growing educational maelstrom. The grant sources include:

Foundation for Rural Education and Development
This foundation assists rural schools in acquiring technology.

Walmart Foundation State Giving Program
This group supports education and the needs of underserved people. Grants are for $25,000 and up, and deadlines are in September.

Lawrence Foundation
Areas of interest include the environment, education, and human services.

Amgen Science Award
Amgen recognizes excellent teachers and makes $5,000 available to recipients.

Captain Planet Foundation
This foundation seeks to improve education and educational opportunities, with an emphasis on science.

Teacher's Pet
(Grant tip geared specifically toward teachers' smaller projects!)

Grants for School and Youth Gardens
The National Gardening Association joins with Home Depot to provide in-kind grants for projects that actively engage kids in the garden and improve the quality of life for their communities. Grants range from $500-$1,000.

For more information about how you can find underwriting for LEGO Education products, visit Grant Resources on our home page, www.LEGOeducation.us, or call 800-362-4308.
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