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Federal Grant Opportunities

You will find grant opportunities that are available to PK-12 schools through various federal agencies on this page. Most of the grants on this page will pertain more to entire school districts than to individual schools.  You may also find opportunities that are available to states, colleges/universities and others that are for the benefit of PK-12 schools.

It is very important to read the Request for Proposal carefully before submitting an application.  Make sure that your project and the grantor's initiatives are a good match!  If there is not a good match, continue to look for a more suitable opportunity or be prepared to revise your project goals to meet those of the funding agency.

U.S. Department of Education

National Science Foundation

Other Federal Agencies

Grants.gov Launched

As of November 7, 2003, all federal agencies are required to post grant announcements online, at www.grants.gov. The requirement also applies to cooperative agreements.

The agency postings provide a synopsis of the full grant announcement and 27 standard items of information, including a description of the program, due dates for applications, contact information and a link to the full grant announcement.

The Grants.gov site is launching an online application process that allows you to download the application form, fill it in and submit it later. The process should be fully functional by mid-November.

In order to get started using the Grants.gov site, there are five steps that you must take. Now is the time to take care of this! Do not wait until right before a federal proposal is due to be submitted or you are likely to miss the filing deadline.

Disclaimer:  This site may not have the most current available information on it due to lack of time for maintenance.  The very best way to stay on top of federal - as well as corporate and foundation - grant opportunities for your school or district is to subscribe to the electronic SchoolGrants Biweekly Newsletter.  If  you're interested in PK-12 grant writing, at only $45 a year, you won't find a better value anywhere.

U.S. Department of Education  (USDE)
None listed on SchoolGrants at this time.

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National Science Foundation  (NSF)

GeoScience Education (NSF)

Due Date: November 15, 2004.

Purpose of the Program: The Geoscience Education Program considers proposals to initiate or pilot innovative geoscience education activities. Projects that are informed by the results of current education-related research or that will conduct new educational research within a geoscience education venue are particularly appropriate for consideration under this solicitation. Awards are intended to provide start-up or proof-of-concept funding to enable projects to reach a level of maturity that will allow them to compete for longer-term funding from other sources or become self-sustaining. All proposed projects should have strong dissemination and evaluation plans. 

Proposals may target any educational level: postdoctoral, graduate, undergraduate, secondary, middle, or elementary. Proposals to develop or improve the quality of geoscience-oriented pre-service teacher training and in-service professional development programs are also encouraged, as are proposals to increase or improve the geoscience content of informal education programs. Proposals to develop web-based educational materials that can be made available through the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) are also sought. Projects designed to recruit and retain students during the critical transition from high-school to college are appropriate for consideration by the GeoEd Program. In some cases, awards may be made to supplement active research grants.

 The goals of the Geoscience Education (GeoEd) Program are to: 

·         improve the quality of geoscience education at all educational levels; 

·         increase the number and competency of Earth and Space Science teachers at K-12 levels;

·         increase the number of students enrolling in geoscience courses and degree programs at all educational levels; and

·         increase the understanding of geoscience-related issues among the general public.

Funding Available: Up to 15 awards will be made. The maximum amount that can be requested under this solicitation is $200,000 per year for up to two years. The average award size is expected to be less than $100,000 annually for up to two years.

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Other Federal Agencies

Safe Start: Promising Approaches for Children Exposed to Violence

Due Date: September 10, 2004. Applications must be filed online using the DOJ’s GMS system.

Program Description: OJJDP is requesting applications for the Safe Start: Promising Approaches for Children Exposed to Violence project. This project will help local communities implement collaborative cross-agency strategies for effectively reducing the impact of children’s exposure to violence, with particular emphasis on young children (age 6 and younger) and their families.

Available Funding: Up to 14 awards of up to $210,000 will be made.

Rural Health Services Outreach Grant Program

Deadline for ProposalsSeptember 13, 2004.
Eligible Applicants:
1) The applicant organization must be a public or nonprofit private entity located in a rural area or in a rural ZIP Code of an urban county (list included in application materials) and all services must be provided in a rural county or ZIP Code; or
2) The applicant organization exists exclusively to provide services to migrant and seasonal farm workers in rural areas and is supported under Section 330g of the Public Health Service Act or
3) The applicant is a federally recognized Native American Tribal or quasi-Tribal entity that will deliver services on Reservation or Federally recognized Tribal lands (documentation of status must be included).
The entity must represent a consortium composed of members that include three or more health care providers and that may be nonprofit or for-profit entities.

Purpose of Program: The Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program supports projects that demonstrate creative or effective models of outreach and service delivery in rural communities. Applicants may propose projects to address the health care needs of a wide range of population groups and to deliver many different types of health care and health care related services in rural communities. 

Funding:  $3,500,000 (estimated)

Community Connect Grant Program (Rural Utilities Service)

Deadline for proposals: Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than September 13, 2004 to be eligible for FY 2004 grant funding.

Eligible applicants: Only entities legally organized as one of the following are eligible for Community Connect Grant Program financial assistance:

a. An incorporated organization,

b. An Indian tribe or tribal organization, as defined in 25 U.S.C. 450b(b) and (c),

c. A state or local unit of government,

d. A cooperative, private corporation or limited liability company organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.

To be eligible for a grant, the Project must:

a. Serve a Rural Area where Broadband Transmission Service does not currently exist, to be verified by RUS prior to the award of the grant;

b. Serve one Community recognized in the latest U.S. Census. Additional communities located in the contiguous areas outside the Community's boundaries that are not recognized (due to size) in the U.S. Census, can be included in the applicant's proposed Service Area, but must be supported by documentation, acceptable to RUS, as to their existence;

c. Deploy Basic Broadband Transmission Service, free of all charges for at least 2 years, to all Critical Community Facilities located within the proposed Service Area;

d. Offer Basic Broadband Transmission Service to residential and business customers within the proposed Service Area; and

e. Provide a Community Center with at least ten (10) Computer Access Points within the proposed Service Area, and make Broadband Transmission Service available therein, free of all charges to users for at least 2 years.

Purpose of program: The purpose of the Community Connect Grant Program is to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to eligible applicants that will provide, on a ``community-oriented connectivity'' basis, broadband transmission service that fosters economic growth and delivers enhanced educational, health care, and public safety services. RUS will give priority to rural areas that it believes have the greatest need for broadband transmission services, based on the criteria in the RFP.

The “community-oriented connectivity'' concept will stimulate practical, everyday uses and applications of broadband by cultivating the deployment of new broadband transmission services that improve economic development and provide enhanced educational and health care opportunities in rural areas. Such an approach will also give rural communities the opportunity to benefit from the advanced technologies that are necessary to achieve these goals.

Funding Available. $9 million is available for grants. There is no minimum or maximum application amount for FY 2004.

AmeriCorps Education Awards Program

Deadline for Proposals: eGrants submission deadlines are 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 3, 2004, May 11, 2004, and November 2, 2004.
Eligible Applicants: State commissions (on behalf of applicants within their states), nonprofit organizations proposing program sites in more than one state, other programs operating in more than one state, and multistate collaborations must apply directly to the Corporation.

Local nonprofit organizations, state, and local units of government (other than state educational agencies), and programs that operate only within the state must apply through their respective state commission on national and community service.

Institutions of higher education, groups of two or more institutions of higher education, or state education agencies may apply either directly to the Corporation or through their state commission on national and community service.

Purpose of ProgramThe Education Awards Program seeks to broaden the network of national service programs and strategies and to increase the number of communities using AmeriCorps members to better meet their environmental, educational, public safety, homeland security, and other human needs.

Grantees of the Education Awards Program do not have to provide child care, a living allowance, or health care to participants. Applicant organizations must obtain most or all of the AmeriCorps member and program costs from other sources. The Corporation will consider requests for grants of up to $400 per full-time member (pro-rated for less than full-time members) to defray a minor portion of program management costs. The Corporation will pay the education awards for members who successfully complete service. 

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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