P.O. BOX 2120
November 27, 2001
TO: Principals
FROM: Patricia I. Wright
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
SUBJECT: Grant Opportunities

This memorandum contains information related to grants and awards available to school communities and educators.

Toshiba America Foundation Grant

The Toshiba America Foundation provides cash grants to classroom teachers to assist them in making improvements in the teaching of science and mathematics. The mission of the Toshiba America Foundation is to contribute to the quality of science and mathematics education in United States communities by investing in projects designed by and with classroom teachers to improve science and science-related education for students. Grants are available for teachers in grades K-6 and for grades 7-12. Small grant proposals less than $5,000 are reviewed every month except March and September. Proposals larger than $5,000 are reviewed in March and September each year. To request an application, contact the Toshiba America Foundation ( at

(212) 588-0820.

Toyota’s Investment in Mathematics Excellence (TIME) Grant

Toyota’s Investment in Mathematics Excellence (TIME) is a partnership between Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Incorporated, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics through its Mathematics Education Trust Board (METB). Toyota TIME grants are available to United States K-12 teachers of mathematics for innovative projects that enhance mathematics education within a school. The focus is on individual students and classrooms rather than district-wide projects. Grants are awarded at three levels: elementary, middle, and high school. The deadline for receipt of proposals is January 9, 2002. For more information or to request an application, contact TIME ( at 1-888-573-TIME.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Awards Competition for Youth Entrepreneurship

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the National Commission for Entrepreneurship, has created an awards competition to recognize outstanding youth entrepreneurship education programs. Six awards will be given to the best youth entrepreneurship education programs in Appalachia. Finalists will be recommended by an independent review panel and selected by ARC to receive a $2,000 grant award to support continued work in youth entrepreneurship. The application deadline is January 23, 2002. For more information, contact

Teach America Grants

Teach America, a Gateway Foundation program, seeks to provide teachers with the skills and knowledge they need to enhance student learning through the effective use of technology. Teach America will offer $7.6 million in online technology training to up to 75,000 teachers throughout a five-year period, potentially impacting the educational experience of 15 million students. Applications are received and evaluated on an ongoing basis. For more information, contact

National Education Association Foundation Innovation Grants

National Education Association Foundation will award 200 innovation grants of $2,000 each. The grant program is designed to help public education employees improve teaching and learning (including the use of technology). Public K-12 teachers and support personnel are eligible to apply for a grant. Grants are awarded on an ongoing basis. Notification for grants postmarked by March 15, 2002, will be made by August 1, 2002. For more information, contact

If you have questions, contact Deborah Kiger Lyman (, mathematics specialist, at (804) 786-6418.