Second edition.

Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education

Editorial Staff:
	Writer:  Gary Allen
	Editorial Advisor:  Vera Faulkner
	Editor and Text Design:  Monica Sharpe
	Editorial Assistance:  Judy Coleman

(C) March 1994. Triangle Coalition for Science and 
Technology Education  -  Reprinted with permission




Grantseeking Tips			

Selected Non-Federal Grant Opportunities		

Where to Find Grant Opportunities			

Federal Grants: U.S. Department of Education	

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse and
    Eisenhower Regional Consortia			

Eisenhower Regional Consortia Directors		


This document is designed to aid teachers, school 
districts and others in seeking and winning education 
grants.  The booklet provides:

*	Tips to winning grants
*	Listings of selected non-federal grant 
*	Listings of publications which provide current 
grant opportunities
*	Eisenhower Program description and grant funding 

This is not a comprehensive list of all grants 
available.  Rather it is a resource guide which provides 
some specific grant opportunities while also 
highlighting certain publications which regularly 
provide various education grant opportunities.

The section on the U.S. Department of Education's 
National Eisenhower Clearinghouse and the Eisenhower 
Regional Consortia are added as curriculum information 
and technical assistance resources for teachers of 
mathematics and science.

We strongly recommend using a checklist of key proposal 
elements and approvals prior to submission.  Prepare 
this list before you start using the guidelines provided 
by the prospective funder and the requirements set by 
your school, district or organization.  This list will 
assure you that all the essentials have been addressed 
before you submit your winning ideas.


*	Before starting the application process, be very 
clear about what you want to accomplish.  Develop a 
plan that projects the project's outcomes at least 
a year beyond its conclusion.

*	Learn all you can about the funder.  A quick read 
of guidelines and directories is not sufficient.  
Obtain inside information if possible from someone 
who received support from the same source; and, 
where appropriate, before, during, and after 
submission of your proposal develop and maintain a 
personal relationship with funding officials.

*	Look at successful applications by others if they 
are similar to what you propose.  It always helps 
to know the competition.

*	Do not spend all your time writing the proposal.  
See if you can get funders to review a brief 3-5 
page summary of your proposal to see if they like 
your approach.

*	Develop your budget carefully.  It will likely be 
one of the first things a reviewer studies.  It 
needs to be realistic -- do not ask for more than you 
need.  It needs to be accurate.  The numbers must 
add up and be cost effective.  The budget reflects 
the value of each element to the outcome of the 
project.  Two reminders:  (1) keep records of how 
you arrived at the costs you include and (2) if the 
application includes in-kind contributions, 
identify what you are contributing.

*	Work to a timetable.  Know your funder's deadlines.  
Be sure you have the time to do a good job.  Do not 
resubmit the same application because you did not 
have time to revise it.

*	Build on collaboration with others.  Nearly every 
funder wants proposals which reflect participation 
by more than one organization.  If you develop a 
collaborative proposal, make sure the final 
proposal reflects the collaboration, not just the 
sign-off by another organization.  Genuine 
collaboration requires investment of effort by all 

*	Read the R.F.P. (Request for Proposal) and any 
guidelines very carefully.  This sounds obvious; 
but, in many highly competitive programs, a number 
of proposals are deemed non-responsive.

*	Do not assume the funder understands the problem or 
strategy your proposal reflects.  Provide evidence 
of the depth and breadth of the problem with data, 
case studies, or citations; and provide solid 
reasons why your proposed plan will produce the 
desired result.

*	Management credibility is essential.  Your 
organization must provide good evidence that you 
have the skill and experience to successfully 
implement the plan and account for the funds used.

*	The strongest proposal is the one judged most 
likely to achieve its goals.  Results should be 
clearly spelled out and, wherever possible, 
measurable.  Measurable results are always 
preferred over good intentions.

*	Develop a file of standard information used in 
proposals -- saves time and need not be reinvented 
with each new effort.  Resumes and organization 
data, including annual reports and financial 
statements, need only be updated while you 
concentrate on the specific information required by 
a particular application.

*	Stress your qualifications to the funder.  What 
makes you or your organization unique and thus 
provides you with a better assurance of success in 
carrying out your plan.

*	Proposals are marketing tools for your ideas, your 
people, and your organization.  Ask yourself, "Why 
would they (the funder) want to invest me?"

Special Corporate Funding Tips

*	Personal meetings are very important.  The reviewer 
may not be an expert in the subject area or grants 
review -- the written proposal may be less important 
than the personal assessment of your credibility.

*	Big corporations are often overwhelmed with 
unsolicited proposals, but many smaller businesses 
in your own community may be a much easier place to 
look for realistic support.

*	Start small -- ask for something you know you can do 
well.  Do not ask for an amount vastly out of line 
with your present budget.  All funders will wonder 
how you can handle the funds.  Smaller grants do 
not require an extensive review and are consistent 
with the goal of many companies to spread their 
support as widely as possible.

*	Remember support from corporations can come in 
various forms-equipment donations, loaned staff, 
support for transportation, a reception or the 
products or services the corporation believes can 
be donated.  Don't be shy about asking or 
cultivating matching support.

*	Corporate proposals should be short, generally no 
more than 5 pages, plus a budget and supporting 

*	Research corporate funders carefully.  The more you 
know about what they are interested in funding, the 
better your chances of success.

*	When dealing with corporate funders, be specific 
about how much money is needed and why early in the 

Special Foundation Funding Tips

*	Make your first contact as strong as possible.  If 
it is written, keep it short, to the point and as 
compelling as possible.  If it is personal; be 
confident; friendly; knowledgeable about their 
interest; and what you want and why.

*	Foundations are generally interested in investing 
in people and organizations, not just in problems.  
They are willing to be flexible about amounts if 
they have confidence in the organization.  Personal 
contact is an important, often essential, part of 
the process.

*	Be prepared at the outset for a lot of rejection.  
If you get a rejection letter, contact the 
foundation to ask what was wrong with the proposal.  
Often it may be a question of correcting only one 
aspect and resubmitting it.  Most applicants 
receive a rejection the first time they apply to a 
foundation.  More win the second time than the 

*	Be responsive to the program officer's comments.  
Even if you win the grant, the program officer may 
want you to make some changes.  For instance, the 
officer may ask you to run a three-year project 
rather than the four-year project you proposed.  
Unless you feel suggested changes would seriously 
harm the project's chances for success, you should 
accept the program officer's recommendations.

Summary Tips

*	Be objective about your chances of winning support.  
Rejection is not final unless you fail to learn why 
and do not try again.   Good proposals take 
extensive effort.  Invest your time and apply for 
funds when you have good reason to believe you will 
be successful.

*	Proposals are not judged based on weight.

*	Look for opportunities to make your organization 
visible in the community.  Affirmation by others in 
the newspaper and other media will help funders 
recognize the value of your work.

*	Know your field and who funds work in it.  What 
public and private funding trends affect you?  Can 
your community contacts help you?  You cannot 
succeed without a plan, and a good plan reflects 
what will happen after the grant expires.

*	Finally, the competition for funds is growing in 
every area.   The keys to success:  organization, 
clear presentations, a unique approach, good 
evidence that you are likely to succeed, and the 
acquisition of good information about the potential 
funder.  These will turn your idea into a program 
and your program into a community benefit.


Has a direct interest in education, particularly where 
American Express has a significant presence.

Contact:  American Express Philanthropic Program, 
American Express Travel, World Financial Center, New 
York, NY 10285-4710, (212) 640-5661.

Supports projects that focus on career technical 
training in mathematics and science education for gifted 
and disadvantaged elementary and secondary students.

Contact:  Kathy Carey, Manager, American Honda 
Foundation, P.O. Box 2205, Torrance, CA  90509, (310) 

Supports projects in elementary and secondary education 
in the Bell Atlantic service area.  The Foundation makes 
grants for projects with national or regional 
significance in literacy, especially as it affects the 
family; equity and access in mathematics and science 
education; preservice and inservice training for science 
teachers, and other mathematics and science related 

Note:	Bell Atlantic is an example of how all the 
regional bell systems support education.  Check the 
system that serves your area for contact, priority, 
and application information.

Contact:  Denise Bailey, Program Officer, Bell Atlantic 
Foundation, 1310 N. Court House Road, 10th Floor, 
Arlington, VA 22201, (703) 974-1729.

Has a particular interest in urban inner cities reform 
of middle schools.

Contact:  Hayes Mizell, Director, Edna McConnel Clark 
Foundation, 250 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10177, (212) 

Considers projects that strengthen education 
institutions and the teaching profession, enhance the 
quality of scholarship and teaching in selected fields, 
and broaden education opportunities for disadvantaged 

Contact:  Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, New 
York, NY 10017, (212) 573-5169.

Supports projects in elementary and secondary education 
in communities where Intel Corp. operates.  Eligible 
organizations include school districts, higher education 
institutions and nonprofit organizations near its 
facilities in Hillsboro, OR; Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, 
AZ; and Folsom or Santa Clara, CA.  The foundation makes 
grants for projects on the national and regional levels 
in elementary and secondary education that enhance 
mathematics and science literacy, especially among girls 
and minority students.

Contact:  Wendy Hawkins, Program Officer, Intel 
Foundation, 5200 N.E. Elam Young Parkway, Hillsboro, OR 
97124-6497, (503) 696-2390.

Considers proposals from organizations in communities in 
which it operates in the priority areas of education, 
employment training, family support and health.

Contact:  Helen Hughes, Senior Contributions 
Administrator, Office of Corporate Contributions, 
Johnson & Johnson, One Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, NJ 
(201) 524-3255.

Funds science and technology education projects that 
have a national impact.  Grants typically average 
$30,000.  The Foundation encourages applicants to send 
one-page preliminary proposals before making a formal 
request for funding.  The Foundation is interested 
particularly in collaboration between various agencies 
and broad-based efforts to share information.

Contact:  Sylvia Clark, Executive Director, NEC 
Foundation of America, 8 Old Sod Farm Road, Melville, NY 
11747, (516) 753-7021.

Cosponsor the annual TAPESTRY competition, which offers 
30 grants of up to $10,000 each to middle level and high 
school science teachers for innovative projects that 
enhance science education in the categories of 
environmental education and physical science 
applications.  To apply for funding, teachers of any 
grade 6-12 science discipline must write a TAPESTRY 
proposal according to the program requirements.  
Proposals may be submitted by an individual teacher (the 
Project Director) or by a team with up to four 

Contact:  NSTA/TAPESTRY, 1840 Wilson Boulevard 
Arlington, VA 22201-3000, (703) 243-7100.

Supports efforts to advance the public well-being 
through improved communication, and encourage the 
development of more effective ways to share ideas and 
knowledge.  Support primarily for early childhood and K-
12 education.

Contact:  Program Officer, The Annenberg Foundation, 
Inc., St. Davids Center, Suite A-200, 150 Radnor-Chester 
Road, St. Davids, PA 19087-5293,
(215) 341-9066.

Funds precollege education projects nationally and in 
its home state of Michigan.  It makes grants for 
programs in early childhood education, school-based 
involvement in community service, systemic improvement 
and family issues.

Contact:  Nancy Sims, Executive Assistant, Programming, 
One Michigan Avenue East, Battle Creek, MI  49017-4058, 
(616) 968-1611.


Grants for School Districts
23 Drydock Avenue
Boston, MA  02210-2387

Winning Science Equipment Grants:  Model Proposals from 
Federal and Private Sector
Capitol Publications
P.O. Box 1453
Alexandria, VA 22313-2053,
(800) 221-0425.


"Education Grants Alert" is a weekly report on 
educational funding opportunities.  The above listing of 
non-federal grant opportunities was taken from recent 
"Grants Alert" editions. Capitol Publications also 
offers other funding publications.
Contact: Helen Hoart, Publisher, or Michele Thrasher, 
Editor; Capitol Publications Inc., Suite 444, 1101 King 
Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703 ) 683-4100.

The Foundation Center, located at 79 Fifth Avenue, New 
York, NY 10003-3076, (800) 424-9836, offers guides to 
grant funding in various areas, including these 
education guides: 
"The National Guide to Funding for Elementary and 
Secondary Education," second edition, provides essential 
facts on over 1,600 foundations and corporate direct 
giving programs, each with a history of awarding grant 
dollars to projects and institutions related to 
elementary and secondary education. The volume includes 
a list of grantmakers already interested in your subject 
field. It also includes:

Grantmaker Portraits: Each entry provides crucial data 
such as address, financial data, giving priorities 
statements, application procedures, contact names and 
key officials.

Sample Grants: Many entries include descriptions of 
actual grants recently awarded by the foundation or 
corporate giver for projects in the field, the best 
indication of a grantmaker's particular funding 
interests. The volume includes over 4,500 sample grants. 

Range of Indexes: The volume's indexes help you target 
potential funders by the names of donors, officers, and 
trustees; geographic area, types of support; subject 
area preferred; grants awarded by subject; and name of 
the foundation or corporate giver.

The grant descriptions show the organizations that have 
successfully approached grantmakers for funding, from 
the smallest schools to major nationwide research 
initiatives, as well as bilingual programs, 
cooperative/community education, drop-out prevention, 
educational testing, gifted programs, remedial 
reading/mathematics initiatives, and vocational/trade 
schools. Use this directory to find local grantmakers 
likely to fund your school or educational program, as 
well as major grantmakers likely to fund your school or 
educational program, and major grantmakers with national 
funding priorities.

"The Science and Technology Programs Guide" includes 
grants for education and research in computer science 
and technology, scientific societies, associations and 
institutes, science museums, planetariums and libraries.
Contact: The Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Avenue, New 
York, NY 10003-3076, (800) 424-9836. 


"Grants for School Districts" is a monthly publication 
which also reports Department of Education grants 
available to school districts in many areas, such as 
gifted and talented, drug-free schools, disabilities, 
educational equity, and others. The bulletin is 
published by Quinlan Publishing Company. Write: Grants 
for School Districts, 23 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA 

of the U.S. Department of Education is designed to 
provide funding to improve the skills of teachers and 
the quality of instruction in science and mathematics in 
the nation's public and private elementary and secondary 
schools. The three largest parts of the program fund 
activities that are implemented by state and local 
education agencies, state agencies for higher education 
and institutions of higher education.  

Flow-through funds for local education agencies (LEAs): 
All school districts are eligible to receive an annual 
formula allocation of funds from their respective state 
agencies; in some cases (e.g. small rural districts), 
the funds can be received by an intermediate education 
agency or consortium arrangement on behalf of the LEAs. 
State agencies for elementary and secondary education 
(SEAs) receive a set-aside amount for "demonstration and 
exemplary" projects. In addition, these agencies and 
their counterparts are responsible for higher education 
and have small amounts that can be used for technical 
assistance, administration or other activities that 
fulfill a leadership function.

Grant funds for higher education institutions: State 
agencies for higher education (SAHEs) are allotted funds 
to be distributed to institutions of higher education 
through grant competitions or as cooperative projects.


Located in Columbus, Ohio, the clearinghouse provides a 
catalog of mathematics and science curriculum materials 
from public and private sources, including print and 
other media. This Eisenhower information dissemination 
center also provides a database that includes the 
catalog, evaluations of materials in the catalog, and 
the full text or image of many catalog materials. The 
clearinghouse cooperates closely with the ten regional 
consortia to make clearinghouse publications and 
resources available to teachers.  

Contact: Eisenhower Clearinghouse for Mathematics and 
Science Education, 1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210, 
(614) 292-9560.

The Department of Education's Eisenhower Program 
established ten regional laboratories (mathematics and 
science education consortia) to provide technical 
assistance to school districts and teachers throughout 
the geographic regions. The general purpose of the 
consortia are to disseminate exemplary mathematics and 
science education instructional materials, and to 
provide technical assistance for implementation of 
teaching methods and assessment tools for use by 
elementary and secondary school students, teachers and 



Pam Buckley
Eisenhower Math/Science Consortium at AEL	
(304) 347-0400

Keith Kershner
Mid-Atlantic Regional Constortium for Mathematics and 
Science Education  
(215) 574-9300, ext. 201

John Sutton, Alice Krueger
The High Plains Consortium for	Mathematics and Science
(303) 337-0990

North Central				
Gil Valdez
Midwest Consortium for the Systemic Reform of
Mathematics and Science Education  
708) 571-4700

Northeast and Islands		
Eileen Ferrance,Robert McLaughlin
The Regional Alliance for Systemic Mathematics and 
Science Education Reform of the Northeast and Islands  
(508) 475-9220;(802) 223-0463

Rob Larson
The Northwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science 
(503) 275-9594

Rick Davis, John Kofel
The Pacific Mathematics and Science Regional Consortium
808) 533-6000

Francena Cummings
Southeastern Mathematics and and Science Regional 
(910) 334-3211(NC), (904) 922-8533(FL), 
(800) 854-0476

Wes Hoover
Southwest Consortium for the Improvements of Mathematics 
and Science Teaching  
(512) 476-6861, ext. 200

Art Sussman, Steve Schneider
Far West Eisenhower Regional Consortium for Mathematics 
and Science Education Regional Consortium 2000  
415) 565-3070


Appalachia: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, 
New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Mid-Continent: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, 
Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota

North Central: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, 
Michigan, Indiana, Ohio

Northeast and Islands: Connecticut, Maine, 
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, 
Vermont, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington

Pacific: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, 
Hawaii, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of 

Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North 
Carolina, South Carolina

Southwest: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, 

West: Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah

For additional copies of this document contact:
Eisenhower Mathematics and Science 
Technical Assistance and Leadership Development  Project 
Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education
5112 Berwyn Road
College Park, MD 20740-4129
(301) 220-0817

This document was prepared by the Triangle Coalition's 
Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Technical Assistance 
and Leadership Development Project.