Grants, Contests & Awards(2)

To encourage teachers of grades 1-12 to take advantage of the Web-based science content at, the New York Hall of Science is sponsoring the TryScience Teacher Contest. Up to 100 IBM ThinkPad computers and software will be awarded to teachers who design a standards-based science challenge that incorporates at least two activities from the TryScience Web site. Activities must reflect accommodations for students with special needs. There are two categories for entries: Category 1 includes grades 1-4; Category 2 is for grades 5-12. For more contest information and a submission form, visit Deadline for submissions is October 31.

Science Screen Report, Inc. sponsors the annual Science Screen Report Award. The award is given to one K-12 teacher who creatively uses commercially available films or videotapes in the development of a science unit or theme. The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and $500 toward expenses to attend the National Science Teachers Association National Convention. Guidelines and cover forms are available online at Deadline for nominations is October 15.

Target Corporation awards more than 2,100 All-Around Scholarships each year. In addition to four $10,000 national scholarships, each store also offers two smaller scholarships to high school seniors and college students under the age of 24. Recipients are recognized for both academic achievement and volunteer activities within their communities. Eligibility and application information is available online at Applications are due November 1.

The William T. Grant Foundation offers Research Grants to K-12 schools and districts working for school reform. The foundation wants to learn more about why certain instructional interventions fail or succeed. Studies selected for funding focus on improving health, child welfare, income assistance, juvenile justice, and general youth development programs, organizations, and systems. Typical awards are up to $375,000 for multi-year projects. Visit to access complete information about the mission of the foundation's Research Grants program. Applications may be submitted at any time, and are reviewed every March and October.

Since its inception five years ago, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation has donated more than $17 million in musical instruments to 750 public schools in 70 U.S. communities. This program does not provide cash grants to schools, but supplies instruments for band, string, and keyboard programs that have been cut, or are in danger of being cut, due to funding issues. In return, the school agrees to provide an instrumental music program, taught by a qualified music teacher, during the regular school day. The foundation's goal is to restore music programs for one million students. For more information about this program, visit There is no deadline for contacting the foundation.

Public, private, charter, and parochial schools that demonstrate financial need, or have high English Language Learner student populations, are eligible to apply for IndiVisual Learning and Hewlett-Packard Read for Life Scholarships. Recipients are provided a five-station wireless reading lab and three-year license for the IndiVisual Reading Program, a reading program designed for use with students in grades three and higher. Awardees agree to pre- and post-test participating students (at IndiVisual Learning's cost), and students must use the reading program for at least 30 minutes four times per week. Applications, accepted on an ongoing basis, may be submitted online at, downloaded and faxed to (651) 602-3119, or mailed to IndiVisual Learning, 23 Empire Dr., St. Paul, MN 55103.

Visit the Grants Database to search through the extensive listings of grants and contests.

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