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Braitmayer Foundation: Grants for innovation in education
The Braitmayer Foundation is interested in proposals utilizing innovative practices in K-12 education throughout the United States. Of particular interest are curricular and school reform initiatives, as well as preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those that encourage people of high ability and diverse backgrounds to enter and remain in K-12 teaching. In addition, the Braitmayer Foundation provides modest support of activities in Marion, Massachusetts and surrounding communities that will improve the quality of life for residents in the area. Maximum award: $35,000. Eligibility: Grants may be used anywhere in the United States as seed money, challenge grants, or to match other grants to the recipient organizations. Deadline: March 15, 2012.
McGraw-Hill Companies: Harold McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education
The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education in this country and whose accomplishments are making a difference today. Honorees are chosen by a distinguished panel of judges made up of thoughtful and influential members of the education community. Maximum award: $50,000. Eligibility: policymakers, leaders in higher education, and school-based personnel. Deadline: March 16, 2012.
Ashoka Changemakers: Activating Empathy Competition
Changemakers is looking for innovative ideas, programs, and learning models from around the world that equip students with the skill of empathy by encouraging social and emotional development; unlocking new ways of viewing problems, opening the door to a new world of potential solutions; addressing bullying or aggression in ways that advance understanding of others’ perspectives; promoting community diversity and a respect for differences; and championing children as real-world problem solvers rather than simply bystanders. Maximum award: cash and in-kind prizes from Ashoka’s Changemakers, Mattel, 1440 Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Donor’s Choose, and Townsend Press. Eligibility: teachers, principals, parents, students, or other innovators with a project, program, or new learning experience that can advance empathy in education. Deadline: March 30, 2012.
Hitachi Foundation: Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs
The Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program supports young entrepreneurs who have formed financially viable businesses that create jobs, supply goods or services, or use internal management practices enabling low-wealth individuals the opportunity to achieve greater economic security. Maximum award: $40,000 over two years, access to technical resources, and a peer learning community. Eligibility: entrepreneurs ages 18-29 who are operating businesses that are 1-5 years old and have been generating revenue for a minimum of the last 12 months. Deadline: March 30, 2012.
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