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Grants, Awards & Freebies — Feb. 7, 2019

Flower power

Each year the City Gardens Club of New York City pays program fees for a limited number of NYC public school teachers to attend activity-oriented summer workshops at the New York Botanical Garden; the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; the Queens Botanical Garden; the Horticultural Society of New York; a residential program on Hog Island, Maine, offered by the National Audubon Society; and a residential program at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. Scholarships cover the costs of tuition, P in-service credit where available, course materials, and room and board when applicable. Elementary, middle and high school teachers who teach science in the classroom are eligible.

DEADLINE: April 6 for Hog Island and May 4 for all others.
CONTACT: Application forms and descriptions of the programs are available online.

Set sail for the USS Midway

The USS Midway Museum is seeking entrants for its Teacher Program 1: The Cold War, Korea and Vietnam. Through this two-week program, teachers gain knowledge, scholarly insights and different perspectives on these extraordinary, crucial and divisive events in the post-World War II world. Chosen participants will receive books and other teaching resources; take private tours of the USS Midway Museum; and receive a $1,000 stipend, instructional materials, meals aboard a ship, and parking and travel support (for those outside the San Diego region). Earn up to three optional credits from California State University, San Marcos. Eligibility: K–12 educators. Program 1 dates are June 30 to July 13.

DEADLINE: March 4.
CONTACT:; Midway.

Get your Grammy

Music educators are invited to apply to become the 2020 winner of the Music Educator Award, won in 2018 by Melissa Salguero of PS 48 in the Bronx. The award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, in public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The winner is awarded a $10,000 personal honorarium, a matching school grant and a trip to the 2020 Grammy Awards. There are also honorariums and matching school grants available to nine finalists and 15 semifinalists. Anyone can nominate a teacher for the award. Nominated teachers will be sent a link to the application. Teachers do not need to be nominated in order to apply for the award. The application is a series of multiple-choice questions that are auto-scored and ranked. The top 200 or so applicants are named quarter-finalists and invited to submit supplemental materials consisting of essays and videos. There will be a two-step screening of the quarter-finalists, after which 25 semifinalists will be selected. The Blue Ribbon Committee will then select the winner and nine finalists. The finalists will be announced in December and the winner will be announced during Grammy Week.

DEADLINE: March 31.
CONTACT: Grammy in the Schools.

Anything is possible

The Siemens Foundation is seeking entries for its 2019 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes offers one school a chance to win a science lab makeover and/or STEM-related equipment, supplies or technology. Eligibility: K–12 schools. Educators can enter daily. The winner will be chosen through a random drawing. Previous winners are not eligible to enter. Funds: $10,000 award.

DEADLINE: April 27.
CONTACT: Siemens Foundation.

Funding for battlefield trips

The Civil War Trust is requesting applications for its Field Trip Fund. The fund provides funding and assistance to K–12 teachers who are planning field trips to Civil War, War of 1812 or Revolutionary War battlefields or related historic sites. Grants range from $250 up to $1,500. Eligibility: K–12 teachers. Funding may be used for transportation, meals, admission fees and reasonable presenter and guide fees.

DEADLINE: Ongoing, but teachers are asked to apply for field trip funding at least one month prior to the trip.
CONTACT: Civil War Trust.