COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 7

February 25, 2003

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Dominion Educational Partnership Grants for Mathematics and Science Education, Grades K-12

 

 

The Dominion Foundation is currently accepting online grant applications (up to $5,000) to encourage the development of new programs to strengthen mathematics and science education in kindergarten through grade 12. The Dominion Foundation will award approximately $200,000 in educational partnership grants throughout a five-state area. Virginias accredited public and private elementary and secondary schools, public school divisions, institutions of higher education, state agencies and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are invited to apply.

 

Partnership Grants are awarded in four categories:

1.  Mini-grants: Projects to enhance the teaching of mathematics and science costing up to $1,000.

2.  Larger grants: Range from $1,001 to $5,000 and must target one of the following areas:

a. Parental Involvement: Projects to increase the role of parents in mathematics and/or science achievement.

b. Closing the Gap: Projects to help schools with standardized test scores in mathematics and science averaging below the 50th percentile.

c. Environmental Education: Projects to develop mathematics and/or science skills through the study of the environment.

 

Successful grant proposals should represent innovative and promising ideas, teach mathematics and/or science skills, reach a significant number of students and demonstrate broad-based community support.

 

Project proposals will be evaluated on the extent to which they:

         represent innovative and promising ideas to teach mathematics and/or science concepts, skills, or processes;

         commit to monitor, evaluate and document progress in student learning throughout the project;

         demonstrate careful planning and broad-based organizational and/or community support for the project;

         meet a compelling need; and

         provide a well-defined budget and leverages other resources.

 

Applications and guidelines are available on the Internet, at http://www.dom.com/, keyword grants. Applications must be submitted electronically through the Dominion website (no faxed or mailed applications will be accepted). Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on May 1, 2003. You may contact Dominions Educational Partnerships coordinator, Cindy Balderson (mailto:cindy_balderson@dom.com) at 1-800-730-7217. For further information, contact Christa Southall (mailto:csouthal@mail.vak12ed.edu), mathematics specialist, at 804-786-8078.

 

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