Grants, awards & freebies

Grants, awards & freebies — May 10, 2012

National Italian-American Foundation grants: The National Italian-American Foundation seeks applications for its Italian Language Grants and its Culture and Heritage Grant Awards. Funds: Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. Eligibility: language grants — organizations, schools, and community groups that wish to launch or expand the teaching of Italian in their local public or private elementary, intermediate, or high schools; culture grants — organizations pursuing projects to promote, research, educate, or preserve Italian American culture, history, or heritage.

Deadline: June 29.

Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Education: The Entomological Society of America requests applications for the President’s Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Education, which recognize educators who have gone beyond traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools. Funds: Award recipients receive $400 to purchase teaching materials required to expand the use of insects in the teaching curriculum; $400 for expenses associated with travel required to present a paper or poster on the use of insects in primary or secondary educational programs at a peer professional venue of their choosing; gratis registration to attend ESA’s Annual Meeting; and $800 for expenses associated with travel, hotel arrangements and all other costs associated with attending the ESA Annual Meeting. Eligibility: K-12 teachers. Tip: Membership in ESA is not required, and self-nomination is permitted.

Deadline: July 1.
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Presidential Awards: The National Science Foundation requests applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The awards seek to identify mentoring efforts that enhance the participation and retention of individuals who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM. Funds: 16 awards of $10,000. Eligibility: individuals and organizations affiliated with U.S. educational institutions, U.S. corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Deadline: June 6.

I-Car Education Foundation Makeover grant: The I-Car Education Foundation requests applications for the 2012 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant competition. One school will receive funds to overhaul its collision repair program. Funds: $50,000 grant to purchase equipment, curriculum, instructor training, and supplies. Eligibility: any nonprofit or public school with an automobile collision program. Areas: The goal of the program is to honor a school that has been doing an outstanding job in educating students in collision repair, but is in need of financial assistance to improve the teaching materials and equipment of its program.

Deadline: Aug. 31.

Peer teaching awards: The Hoenny Center provides awards to promote and recognize pre-K-12 classroom action research projects in the area of peer teaching. Funds: $500 grants. Eligibility: K-12 educators. Areas: Projects consist of gathering and summarizing data related to a professional question of interest to the teacher within the general area of peer teaching and learning in the classroom. Preference given to projects involving the analysis of descriptions of individual differences in students’ teaching abilities; attempts by the teacher to improve students’ teaching abilities; or reflections by students on the motivations, rewards, and/or strategies of helping other students learn.

Deadline: July 1.

Bullying prevention center offers free resources: PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, a partner in The Bully Project and a supporter of Lee Hirsch’s new documentary “Bully,” offers educators, students, families and individuals tools to address bullying in schools. Resources available for schools include bullying prevention classroom toolkits, activities, and videos for K-12 students; toolkits for organizing community events around bullying prevention; tips for how parents can talk with their children about the subject and work with their schools; and more.

Contact: Visit or call 1-952-838-9000.

Reading grants: Grants will help teachers attend reading events. Educators who are members of the International Reading Association or one of its affiliated groups can apply for travel grants to help pay the cost of attending association-sponsored meetings held outside the educator’s continent.

Deadline: Applications are due by June 1 for meetings held between July 1 and June 30 of the following year. The amount of funding varies. Contact: For more information, email or visit

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