Grants are available from both private and public sources to help the nation's public schools improve their infrastructure. School administrators, parent organizations and education advocates may be eligible to apply for some of these awards. The term "infrastructure" is defined by some programs as including technology innovations as well as improving the condition of the school buildings themselves.
Home Depot Community Impact Grants
The Home Depot Foundation is one of several corporate foundations that provide grant assistance to support school building infrastructure and other educational projects. Schools and nonprofits are both eligible to apply for Home Depot's Community Impact Grants. This program allocates $5,000 awards for specific projects intended to enhance community development. The Foundation is particularly interested in infrastructure improvement projects with a volunteer focus and commitment.
Gates Foundation Technology Grants
The Gates Foundation has historically invested in grants for school building infrastructure projects, especially involving advanced digital technology. While the Gates Foundation has traditionally been focused on the Pacific Northwest region, it also made grants to school districts all over the country in the early 2000s. Among the Foundation's priorities is "next generation classroom technology," or school building infrastructure that provides students with better access to digital learning opportunities.
Endowment for Inner-City Education
The Endowment for Inner-City Education is a private nonprofit that makes grants for school building infrastructure in New York's inner-city schools. The program is designed to improve the condition of schools whose building infrastructure is in serious need of improvement. Funded projects range from renovations of entire buildings or classrooms to the replacement of doors and windows. Grants are awarded once yearly.
California School Technology Formula Grants
The Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) formula grant is a state-run initiative that helps schools in California on a non-competitive basis. In order to be eligible, a local educational agency must prepare a school technology plan that is reviewed by a local office of the California Technology Assistance Program. Once approved, schools receive grant funding support automatically so long as the funding is used to execute the plan.
- Home Depot Foundation: Community Impact Grants Program; 2010
- Gates Foundation: Next-Generation Classroom Technology; 2011
- News Blaze: Los Angeles Unified School District, Gates Foundation Improve Math Instruction; 2006
- California Department of Education: Enhancing Education Through Technology; 2011
- Endowment for Inner-City Education: Capital Improvement Grants; 2010
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