The expectation is that eventually this section will contain a comprehensive list of funding agencies in Oregon that have a particular interest in education. A few examples are given below.
Community Foundations are nonprofit, tax-exempt, publicly-supported grantmaking organizations. These foundations are public charities, since they develop broad support from many unrelated donors with a wide range of charitable interests in a specific community. A community foundation has an independent board that is broadly representative of the public interest and it maintains a diverse grants program that is not limited in scope. In addition to making grants, these foundations often play a leadership role in their communities, serve as a resource for grant information and broker training and technical assistance for local nonprofits. Use this map to identify the community foundation in your locale.
Ford Family Foundation [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://www.tfff.org/. Quoting from their Website:
We are a private, non-profit foundation located in Roseburg, Oregon. Roseburg is near the confluence of the North and South Umpqua Rivers in Southwest Oregon. The "Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua" cut through from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, where tall timber prospers.
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InFocus [Online]. Accessed 1/28/01: http://www.infocus.com/. This company donates projection equipment to worthy causes. Details do not appear to be available on the Website. Write to:
Intel in Your Community: Oregon [Online]. Accessed 1/24/02: http://www.intel.com/intel/community/or/orgrant.htm. Quoting from the Website:
Intel Oregon's giving activities are focused on Multnomah and Washington Counties in Oregon. We aim to address specific community needs with a priority on education. Intel is committed to continuing to develop and implement strategic contributions that build and sustain existing site community alliances while expanding our impact. Organizations of national scope should request guidelines from the Intel Foundation or Intel Corporate Community Affairs.
Applications for grants are considered only from organizations which have been ruled to be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and which are not private foundations as defined in Section 509(a) of the Code. Priority is given to applications for the support of projects and programs conducted by qualified institutions within five states of the Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Of major interest are organizations and projects which are not primarily or normally financed by tax funds. Grants usually are awarded for a limited period of time, such as one or two years.
Whether it's a few thousand dollars for a classroom program or several hundred thousand to design and implement a district-wide plan, grants are a wonderful source of money to fund your technology dreams. But competition can be tough. What are the keys to writing a winning proposal?
Advanced Technology Education [Online]. Accessed 1/28/01: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0152.
This is a US Department of Education program.
World-Wide Web sites and electronic discussion lists on gifts, grant seeking, and good works.
Department of Education [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://www.ed.gov/
The US Department of Education funds many different projects and programs. Specific information about funding opportunities is given at http://www.ed.gov/funding.html. Here are some examples of information that is available:
Forecast of Funding Opportunities Under the Department of
Education Discretionary Grant Programs For Fiscal Year (Fy)
2002 (30 October 2001) [Online]. Accessed 11/12/01:
This document lists virtually all programs and competitions under which the Department (we) has invited or expects to invite applications for new awards for FY 2002 and provides actual or estimated deadline dates for the transmittal of applications under these programs. The lists are in the form of charts -- organized according to the Department's principal program offices -- and include programs and competitions we have previously announced, as well as those we plan to announce at a later date.
Federal Commons [Online]. Accessed 3/13/01: http://www.cfda.gov/federalcommons/. Quoting from tne Website:
In accordance with the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (P. L. 106-107), Federal agencies must develop plans for the electronic processing of grants by May 2001. The Act further requires agencies to adopt common forms and processes. These legislative requirements will be met by creating a government - wide portal for the administration of grants.
Federal Register -- U.S. Department of Education Documents October 1995 to date [Online]. Accessed 5/30/01: http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/.
Foundations On-Line: A Directory of Charitable Grantmakers [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://www.foundations.org/. Quoting from their Website:
You can browse the foundation directory, pick a listed foundation, search any foundation's information page or search any foundation's home page. Foundation home pages may contain downloadable information such as grant applications, periodical and financial reports, and e-mail capabilities.
Grant Matters (College of Education, University of Oregon) [Online}. Accessed 5/16/01: http://interact.uoregon.edu/grants/homepage/index.htm.
This is a good source of announcements about up-coming grants that might be applicable to people in a College of Education.
National Science Foundation [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://www.nsf.gov. Quoting from NSF Website literature:
NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $4.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states, through grants to about 1,600 universities and institutions nationwide. Each year, NSF receives about 30,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 10,000 new funding awards.
Philanthropy News Digest Vol. 6, Issue 13 March 28, 2000 [Online]. Accessed 10/7/01: http://fdncenter.org/pnd/20000328/k12.html
This Special Issue of the PND focuses on funding for education.
SchoolGrants [Online]. Accessed 10/7/01: http://www.schoolgrants.org/welcome.htm. Quoting from the Website:
SchoolGrants was created to help fill the needs of the K-12 education community in locating and applying for grants so that some of the dream projects of our Nation's teachers can be realized. Sharing successful proposals and other tips and information with your colleagues is an excellent way to help all children across the United States.
The Foundation Center [Online]. Accessed 1/30/01: http://fdncenter.org/. Quoting from their Website:
The Foundation Center is an independent nonprofit information clearinghouse established in 1956. The Center's mission is to foster public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects.
Toshiba America Foundatoin [Online]. Accessed 10/20/01: http://www.toshiba.com/about/taf.html. Quoting from the Website:
The Toshiba America Foundation is a private, endowed, not-for-profit grant making organization dedicated to supporting education programs and activities in the United States. The mission of the Toshiba America Foundation is to contribute to the quality of science and mathematics education in U.S. communities by investing in projects designed by and with classroom teachers to improve science and science-related education for students in schools, grades 7 thru 12. The Foundation reviews hundreds of proposals every year. The average award for a small project is slightly less than $4,000. For a larger grant, the average is approximately $9,500. The Foundations total annual grants budget is approximately $500,000
Zimmer, R., Krop, C., Kaganoff, T., Ross, K., and Brewer,
D. (2001). Private Giving to Public Schools and Districts in
Los Angeles County: A Pilot Study [Online]. Accessed
Summary: Through their pilot study of Los Angeles County districts and schools, the authors identify the private givers to public education, examine public-private partnerships that have developed and the mechanisms used to secure private resources, and identify the various types of private giving and how those contributions are used.
Basic Elements of Grant Writing [Online]. Accessed 6/4/01: http://www.cpb.org/grants/grantwriting.html. Quoting from the Website:
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting evaluates hundreds of proposals each year for a variety of funding purposes. This publication is an easy guide to the basic elements of grant writing and is offered to assist applicants to CPB and to other funding sources. It offers guideposts to help you through each stage of the process.
Google Search Engine [Online]. Accessed 6/4/01: http://www.google.com/.
Search using the term Grant Writing and you will get many of the links given in this References section, plus many more.
Grant Writing Tutorial from EPA, Purdue University [Online]. Accessed 6/4/01: http://www.epa.gov/seahome/grants/src/intro.htm. Quotinf from the Website:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes that lack of adequate funding may hamper the establishment of new or threaten existing environmental developing activities, such as solid waste management, in communities or non-profit organizations needing this kind of development. For this reason, EPA developed this program to help those communities and non-profit organizations identify financial assistance opportunities for their environmental-oriented development programs. Also, this program was developed to make it easier for applicants to produce more competitive grant applications.
Miner, Jeremy, and Miner, Lynn. A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing [Online]. Accessed 6/4/01: http://www.oryxpress.com/miner.htm
This Website provides a nice introduction to grant writing, based on a 1998 book.
Moursund, D.G. (1997, 2002). Obtaining resources for technology in education: A how-to guide for writing proposals, forming partnerships, and raising funds.
This book is being revised and made available (free) online. As of 1/7/02, more than half of the book has been revised and put online. It is available at http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~moursund/
Schmieder, Allen (August 15, 2001). Two presentations about obtaining funding for IT in education [Online]. Accessed 9/28/01: http://www.jdltech.com/. Quoting from the Website:
Dr. Allen Schmieder, JDL Vice President who served in the U.S. Department of Education for 33 years (including a three year stint in the White House), returned to his Washington stomping grounds and delivered two presentations to the PT3 leadership teams attending the annual national conference of the "Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Teach Technology" Program. The $125 million federal program is directed at infusing technology into preservice teacher education in ways that will ensure that new teachers entering K-12 schools will be well prepared to provide their students with the kind of "Millennium" instruction they will need to thrive in, and lead, our 21st century technology-centered society. The meeting was attended by representatives from every state, including a large delegation from JDL's home State of Minnesota. Dr. Schmieder's two presentations, "How to Get Your Share of the Billions of External Funding Dollars Available for Educational Reform and Improvement" and "Ten Imperatives For A Sustainable Future For Your PT3 Project," were very well received.