Global Updates From World View
November 2008

Grant and Award Opportunities for Educators

Educators often ask members of World View how they can obtain funds for their global education projects. Listed below are selected foundations that have grant making programs. Each has different priorities, different application processes, and different deadlines. Also note that foundations regularly change priorities, applications, and deadlines, so remember to check back with the foundations’ web sites for the most updated and accurate information. We’ve also listed several awards that honor teachers and administrators for their efforts and commitment to the field of education.  The subject area and grade level varies for each award.  Several deadlines have already passed for this school year, but keep for next year a record of these awards and grants and their web pages.

Grants for Educators

Alcoa Foundation
The Alcoa Foundation grants awards in communities where Alcoa has a presence. Currently in North Carolina Alcoa has a site in Badin County and Salisbury . Requests must align with one of the areas of interest including global education and workplace skills, conservation and sustainability, business and communication partnerships, and safe and healthy children and families.

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation
This small foundation provides grants of $1,500 to educators to develop or implement environmental curricula. Priority is given to public school educators, as well as to those projects that encourage the integration of multiple disciplines and include cooperative work with multiple school districts.

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation invites proposals from local, statewide, and regional nonprofits in the Southeastern US that have track records of helping low-wealth people build assets and transform economic conditions in their communities. Proposals must align with the Foundation’s missions and beliefs. The amount of grants awarded in previous years has varied, but typically range from $20,000 to $50,000. (Deadlines: February 1 and July 1, 2006 )

Bank of America Foundation
The Foundation supports tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations and serves the communities located across Bank of America’s franchise. Individual public and private schools are ineligible, but systems may apply. Priorities defined for the markets within North Carolina vary. However, education is listed as a priority in each region. Visit the Foundation’s web site for more information. (Deadline: ongoing)

Best Buy Children’s Foundation, Teach Program
Best Buy Children’s Foundation funds grants that connect kids, technology, and education. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Blumenthal Foundation
The Blumenthal Foundation focuses the majority of its grants on programs and projects that have an impact on Charlotte, and the state of North Carolina. The philanthropic efforts of the Foundation are focused in nine areas of grant making: Arts, Science, and Culture, Civic and Community, Education, Environment, Foundation Affiliates, Health, Jewish Institutions and Philanthropies, Religious and Interfaith, and Social Services. Presently the Foundation makes grants only to nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organizations and institutions that are exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code or to a governmental agency. Grants are not made to individuals. (Deadline: ongoing)

The Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Foundation
This foundation supports innovative North Carolina programs in these focus areas: community programs, education, entrepreneurship, environment, healthcare, and special projects. (Unsolicited proposals not accepted at this time, but check back with this foundation for future requests for proposals.)

Braitmayer Foundation Grants
The Braitmayer Foundation offers two grant programs. One is for grants up to $10,000 and a second is for grants up to $35,000. These grants fund a broad range of K-12 education programs, with a particular interest in curricular reform initiatives and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those encouraging people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching. All K-12 schools in the United States , as well as independent 501(c)(3) organizations with an interest education, are eligible. (Deadlines: June 1 and November 15)

The Cannon Foundation
The Cannon Foundation funds grants primarily in the areas of healthcare, higher education, human services, and cultural-historical organizations. Cabarrus County is the primary geographic area of interest, although grants are made throughout North Carolina , especially in rural areas. All applicants must qualify under Sections 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be classified as a public charity. Churches and governmental agencies are exempted, but grants are not given to individuals. The amount an applicant receives is based on a number of factors including the magnitude of the project, the funds available for distribution, the level of the Foundation's interest, competition for funding, and other considerations. (Deadlines: January 5, April 5, July 5, October 5)

The College Board's Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing
These grants recognize exceptional grade 6-12 teachers for the innovative methods they use to develop their students' writing skills. Teachers are granted awards up to $3,000. (Deadline: November 21, 2008)

Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation allocates support for a wide range of community issues through the Community Grants Program. Grants are awarded to meet community needs and opportunities in the arts, humanities, civic affairs, community development, health and human services, education, and building social capital. Grants will vary in size, duration, and frequency, and are determined based on the merit of the program and its potential impact. Grants usually range in size from a few hundred dollars up to $10,000; larger grants may be considered in rare occasions.

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
A key role of The Community Foundation is to match donor funds with promising projects from nonprofit organizations across Western North Carolina.  There are several different grants available and each grant program has specific application criteria and deadlines. Please consult with the Foundation’s web site for more information. (Deadlines: vary depending on grant)

The Dirksen Center, Michel Special Projects Grants
The Center serves two primary audiences: scholars who conduct research about Congress and teachers who teach social studies, history, political science, and other subjects which relate to Congress. Accordingly, the Michel Special Projects grants are intended to support work that advances the public understanding of the federal legislature through research and teaching. The projects must have as their central focus the U.S. Congress. The Center places a higher value on innovative endeavors that have the potential to reach a broad audience. Individual awards typically range from $2,500 to $5,000. (Deadline: ongoing)

DonorsChoose is a unique and innovative program that matches donors’ funds with school projects. Public school teachers submit a project proposal for materials or experiences for their students and philanthropists can search a proposal database and choose which project they might like to fund across the state. There are no deadlines and no dollar limit, but current requests range from $200 to $1,100. (Deadline: ongoing)

Earthwatch Institute Educator Fellowships
K-12 Classroom teachers awarded fellowships will work alongside leading environmental scientists, learning field-research methods and helping to conserve threatened natural and cultural resources. The maximum award is the full cost of an Earthwatch Institute expedition, including all research costs, meals, housing, and on-site travel. (Deadline: November 17, 2008)

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program
This program provides short-term study/travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators (K-12 and higher institutions) in social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the people and culture of another country(ies). All seminars are in non-Western European Studies. Seminars last 4 to 6 weeks. (Deadline: generally in October of each year)

Gannett Foundation
The Gannett Foundation supports local organizations in communities where the Gannett Company owns local daily newspapers or broadcast stations. In North Carolina, Gannett has operations in Asheville and Greensboro and in South Carolina, Gannett has operations in Greenville and Columbia. The Gannett Foundation values projects in the area of social and human services, and health and mental health services. (Deadlines: February 15 and August 15)

The 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education
These prizes identify and recognize the most promising and successful examples of international education in the United States. The goal is to raise awareness and to promote international knowledge and skills in our schools and communities. There are three categories of awards: elementary/middle school, high school, district or state, and media or technology program. One winner from each category will receive $25,000. (Deadline: December 1, 2008 )

The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
This program gives small grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. (Deadline: November 15, 2008 )

The Mockingbird Foundation
These grants support music education in schools and nonprofit organizations. Current areas of focus include projects that encourage and foster creative expression in any musical form (including composition, instrumentation, vocalization, or improvisation), but broader and more basic needs within conventional instruction will also be considered.   (Deadline: ongoing)

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
NCTM supports and administers a large number of Mathematics grants.  Amounts and deadlines vary.

National Science Teachers Association
Administered by the NSTA, the Toyota TAPESTRY program awards grants and "mini-grants" to K-12 science teachers in 3 categories: environmental science education, physical science application, and literacy and science education. Interested teachers should propose innovative science projects that can be implemented in their school or school district over a one-year period. Grants can be made for up to $10,000 and mini-grants for up to $2,500. (Deadline: January 21, 2009 )

NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education
The NEA Foundation provides Student Achievement and Learning and Leadership Grants of $2,000-$5,000 to teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff in public schools, colleges, and universities for the purpose of engaging in high-quality professional development or implementing innovative ideas that raise student achievement. (Deadlines: October 15, February 1, June 1)

Progress Energy Foundation
Progress Energy funds two kinds of grants in the areas of education, economic development, the environment, and employee involvement. Corporate grants are available for programs that are relatively small in scope and serve a single community up to a few counties, although they may sometimes have a statewide impact. The grants range in size from several hundred dollars up to $10,000. Most corporate grants focus on education, economic development and the environment, although they may support other important community issues. There are no submission deadlines for corporate grants, which are reviewed on an ongoing basis. The Progress Energy Foundation also funds larger program grants in the areas of education, economic development, and the environment. The funds for programs are larger in scope and impact and serve a larger region or an entire state. Grants are a minimum of $10,000. Both grants are limited to organizations that serve Progress Energy customers in Florida , North Carolina or South Carolina. (Foundation grant applications for K-12 are due February 1, 2009)

The SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards
SeaWorld/Busch Gardens awards up to $10,000 to students and teachers leading grassroots efforts to protect and preserve the environment. (Deadline: November 28, 2008)

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The Sloan Foundation funds initiatives in several areas including education and careers in science and technology, mostly in higher education institutions. Requests for grants can be made at anytime and there is no standard application. (Deadline: ongoing)

Staples Foundation for Learning
The goal of the Staples Foundation for Learning is to provide funds to programs that support or provide job skills and/or education for all people. Proposals up to $25,000 are accepted, but typical grants range between $5,000 and $25,000.

Starr Foundation
Education has traditionally been the largest area of giving for the Starr Foundation, which also supports activities in international areas. There is no formal application, and the foundation prefers to receive a cover letter setting forth the terms of the grant proposal. The foundation has funded a number of exchange programs over the years to encourage education of US students abroad. (Deadline: ongoing)

Target, Arts and Reading Grants
Receiving a grant from Target is unique in that it begins and ends at the store level. Your local Target Store Team Leader is your initial contact when making a grant request. These grants focus on arts and reading programs. The Arts Grants help support programs that bring the arts to schools or children to the arts. Reading Grants are awarded to schools, libraries, and non-profits with programs that promote reading. Both grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Target also provides special grants for field trips to help students explore learning outside of the classroom.

Teaching Tolerance Grants
The Southern Poverty Law Center provides Teaching Tolerance grants of up to $2,500 to K-12 classroom teachers to support projects that reduce prejudice among youth, improve inter group relations, and/or support educator professional development in these areas. (Deadline: ongoing)

Toshiba America Foundation Grants
This foundation provides funding for innovative programs, projects, and activities that help to improve the teaching of science and math in K-12 schools. Grant program is divided into two divisions: grades K-6, and grades 7-12. Public and private schools and teachers are invited to apply.

Awards for Educators

Ag in the Classroom, NC Farm Bureau
The Ag in the Classroom Award sponsored by the NC Farm Bureau recognizes a North Carolina teacher who does an outstanding job of incorporating agriculture into his or her curriculum. Eligibility is certified PreK-12 teachers, teaching in a NC classroom.  (Deadline: February 15, 2009)

American Stars of Teaching
This award recognizes and honors superior classroom teachers with a track record of improving student achievement, using innovative instructional strategies, and making a difference in the lives of their students. Star teachers will be identified in each state and offered a free opportunity to participate in high-quality professional development designed to provide the classroom support, technical assistance, and increased collaboration needed to assure academic success for all students.

Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards
Recognizing outstanding educators, administrators, policymakers and other community leaders in education, this awards program is administered by the cable industry and its national education foundation, Cable in the Classroom. Winners receive a cash prize and an expenses-paid trip to the annual awards event in Washington, DC.

Center For International Understanding
The Center for International Understanding grants several awards each year for North Carolina public school teachers to participate in CIU exchanges.  These include the Carolyn Hunt Teacher Endowment, the Dan Royster Memorial/Wake County Citizens Award, and the James G.K. McClure Teacher Award. Additionally, two Beattie Awards, are offered annually to NC public school teachers employed in Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools to participate in designated exchanges.

The Edyth May Sliffe Awards
These awards recognize the excellence of middle and high school teachers responsible for the success for the highest scoring teams on the AHSME. Approximately twenty teachers a year have received this honor, selected from the top sixty US and Canadian schools on the basis of nominations received from students at these schools.

Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award, US-Japan Foundation
The Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award, sponsored by the US-Japan Foundation is awarded annually to recognize two K-12 teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese.  (Deadline: February 2, 2009)

The Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education
The Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education is given to an educator whose innovation and spirit encourage students to reach their fullest potential.  Up to three honorees are chosen annually to receive an award of $25,000 each.  Individuals presently committed to the cause of education are eligible.

ING Unsung Heroes
ING awards educators who have a vision for a new specific class project or a broader school program. Each year, 100 K-12 education professionals are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.

International Reading Association
The International Reading Association presents a number of awards and grants each year to recognize outstanding teachers of reading and literacy at all levels and to support teachers' efforts to enhance their knowledge and teaching skills and to make meaningful contributions to their profession.

Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, Freedoms Foundation
The Leavey Award honors teachers from every grade level for work in promoting in their students a better understanding of the private enterprise system and what it means to the democratic system.  Each winning program earns a $7,500 award, with up to 20 programs recognized annually. (Deadline: November 30, 2008)

NCSS Award for Global Understanding, National Council for the Social Studies
The National Council for the Social Studies has several awards and grants available to outstanding teachers, researchers, and other worthy individuals and programs. One such award, the Award for Global Understanding is granted annually to recognize a social studies educator (or a team of educators) who has made notable contributions in helping social studies students increase their understanding of the world. The award recipient receives the following: $2,000 cash award; commemorative gift; a session to present at the NCSS annual conference; publicity; complimentary NCSS conference registration; and up to $700 in transportation/lodging reimbursement.  Nominees must be social studies educators who are increasing social studies global understanding in P-12 settings and must be members of NCSS.

National Educator Awards, Milken Family Foundation
The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards program provides public recognition and financial rewards to elementary and secondary teachers and principals who demonstrate exceptional educational talent.  Recipients receive a $25,000 award.  The department of education in each of the 47 participating states and the District of Columbia appoints an independent blue-ribbon committee to recommend candidates for selection to the Foundation. There is no nomination or application procedure for the Award.

National Science Teachers Association
The National Science Teachers Association helps to promote several awards for teachers of all grade levels.  Some of the awards given include: The Ciba Exemplary Middle Level and High School Principal Awards, The Ciba Exemplary Middle Level and High School Teaching Awards, The DCAT Making a Difference Award, The Delta Education Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-based Science Teaching, The Distinguished Informal Science Education Award, The distinguished Service to Science Education Awards, The Distinguished Teaching Award, The Estes Rocketry/Space Foundation Educator Award, and several others.

NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, National Education Association
The NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes excellence in teaching to those NEA members in public education.  The Award includes $25,000, celebration at The NEA Foundation's annual gala event in Washington, DC, a personalized commemorative gift, and national recognition.  All NEA members, including teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff are eligible. Nominees must be current members of their local NEA affiliate or bargaining unit. Finalists receive the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

The National Teachers Hall of Fame
The National Teachers Hall of Fame honors five PreK-12 teachers annually who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to teaching. Applicants are evaluated based on breadth of knowledge of teaching, exceptional and innovative teaching practices, attendance and leadership at professional development meetings and seminars, honors received, extent of formal education and degrees held, and other factors.

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards
Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the secondary level." Middle and high school teachers are eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Created by the White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching recognize superior K-12 science and mathematics teachers in the United States and its four jurisdictions.  Recipients receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and are invited to attend recognition events in Washington, DC.

Time Warner Cable National Teachers Awards
The National Teachers Awards recognize projects developed by educators who often go beyond traditional teaching methods to address different learning styles and reach the greatest number of students.  Time Warner’s Champion Principal Award honors one principal who supports and understands the use of technology as an effective classroom learning resource. Winners receive all-expenses-paid trips for two to Washington, DC for the gala celebration, cash for each winning project, a technology grant.

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Mark Your Calendars!
World View's Spring and Summer Professional Development Programs for K-12 and Community College Educators. Registration Now Open.


Latin America and North Carolina

March 24-25, 2009

The Middle East
March 25-26, 2009

K-12 Media Specialists Workshop: Creating a Global Media Center
April 22-23, 2009
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Study Abroad to Turkey or Honduras

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Study Visits to Turkey and Honduras! For complete information and application materials, please visit the World View web site:  

Application Deadline:
December 1, 2008

Join World View in Turkey
June 17-29, 2009

Highlights of the itinerary include Istanbul, one of the world’s most historically rich and breathtakingly beautiful and vibrant cities, where we will explore the Blue Mosque, Sunken Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, and the underground cistern.  We will also travel to Troy, Canakkale, Izmir, Kudasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Konya.  We will experience some of the best preserved classical cities and ruins of ancient Rome in the world, early Christian sites such as the church and house of the Virgin Mary, Muslim sites and mosques, lush pools and gardens, bazaars, historical sites from the Seljuk and Ottoman empires, and more.  Throughout our time in Turkey, we will be visiting schools and colleges, meeting educators, and immersing ourselves in the rich culture of the country.  (A final, more detailed itinerary will be mailed to selected participants at a later date)

The cost of the 13-day study visit to Turkey is estimated to be $3,650.  This includes round trip airfare from Raleigh, air and land transport within Turkey per our itinerary, hotel accommodations (double occupancy), entrance fees to cultural and historical sites, services of a local guide, some meals per our itinerary, supplemental health insurance, and briefing materials. Not included are some meals, passport and visa fees, trip cancellation insurance, transport to and from Raleigh, gratuities to tour guides, drivers, and hotel personnel, personal beverages, and any personal and incidental expenses.


Join World View in Honduras
Tour One: July 7-15, 2009
Tour Two: July 22-30, 2009

In collaboration with Heifer International, participants will learn more about Honduran life and culture while witnessing Heifer International’s best methods of sustainable development in Central America. Tour the ancient Mayan city of Copán and see first-hand one of the most well-preserved archaeological sites in the western world.

The estimated $1,850 cost of the tour includes round trip airfare from Raleigh, 8 nights accommodations, meals, ground transfers and transportation, supplemental health insurance, an introduction to Heifer International and project site visits, entrance fees to cultural and historical sites, tour guide/translator, and briefing materials.

These are not your typical tourist trips!

For more information and to register please visit:



Who: NC educators: teachers of all subjects and levels, principals, administrators

What: Professional Development Study Program to Denmark

When: June 13 – 21, 2009

Where: Denmark – Copenhagen and other sites to help strengthen teaching about Denmark and the European Union

Cost: $2750 per person, including round trip airfare to Denmark, in-country transportation, double occupancy hotel, orientation, study abroad program in Copenhagen and Odense, and follow-up workshop

Program Highlights: We will explore Denmark’s approach to renewable energy; how Denmark’s social welfare model plays out in education; its role in and relationship with the European Union; and its history and culture, through lectures, field research, a school visit and home stay.

Applications are due by December 15

Contact: Angie Bolin, Denmark Programs Coordinator, (919) 420-1360, ext. 200; 1-888-840-8328; or email for information and application

This educator study program is organized of the Center for International Understanding, a program of the University of North Carolina.


My Wonderful World and Geography Awareness Week

Celebrate Geography Awareness Week November 16-22, 2008 with, a National Geographic-led campaign to give kids the power of global knowledge. Look for a week of activities for students, educators, and families-including GeoTours for Google Earth, tools for exploring the world’s cultures and environments, and insight into geo-technologies and careers-all designed to engage students in exploration and to help them become more informed global citizens.

On, students, parents, and educators can sign up for the campaign, joining more than 80,000 supporters of geographic learning in school, at home, and in communities. You’ll receive a monthly newsletter with tools and tips for exploring your Wonderful World all year long.

Go to
and sign up for the campaign and the newsletter. The resources for parents, students, and teachers are at your fingertips. Go to to locate activities, lesson plans, and resources for Geography Awareness week.


2008 Call for Applications

The Goldman Sachs Foundation and Asia Society are seeking applications for the 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education.  The prize program was created in 2003 to raise awareness of the growing importance of international knowledge and skills for U.S. students and annually awards prizes totaling $150,000 in five different categories.   

Applications for the elementary/middle school, high school, district/state, and media/technology prizes are due December 1st, 2008.  For more information and to access the online application, please visit  

The 2008 Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Elementary/Middle School ($25,000)
An elementary or middle school that engages all or most of its students in learning about other world regions, cultures, and languages.

High School ($25,000)
A secondary school that engages all or most of its students in learning about Asia, Africa, Latin America, or the Middle East, or about international affairs through its curriculum and through partnerships with other countries or local organizations.

District/State ($25,000)
A state or one of the 100 largest school districts that is actively promoting the development of international knowledge and skills on a wide scale through the creation of robust policies and specific programming initiatives.

Media/Technology ($25,000)
A program within a U.S. based public or private for-profit or non-profit organization that has developed outstanding programs that use media/technology to educate students or teachers about other world regions and cultures, or international issues. 

Youth (Up to $10,000) *
Five high school students who demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key issues in international affairs and the global economy.
* Please note that the 2008 Youth prize competition is now closed.  Winners for the Youth prize will be announced in November 2008.


Fulbright Opportunities

The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program is currently seeking U.S. educators to host educators (teachers and administrators) from Uruguay for two-three weeks in February 2009. The focus of this exchange is to help Uruguayan teachers and administrators strengthen their local school systems through observation of classes and administration, school relations with the community, curriculum development, active learning, classroom management, technology in the classroom, parental involvement, volunteerism and civic responsibility.

Teacher hosting: Host should be from a language immersion school and/or school with strong bilingual/ESL program to host a teacher from Uruguay.  Administrator hosting: Host should be a principal or other administrator working in the field of bilingual, immersion, or ESL program to host Uruguayan principal.

Most participants coming to the U.S. from Uruguay will be at the elementary level, but a smaller number of participants will be from middle or high schools this year. Elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as school districts, are encouraged to apply. Placements of Uruguayan educators at schools and school districts will most likely be in pairs, so applicant schools and school districts should describe in their application how they would accommodate up to two Uruguayan educators.

The Uruguayan educators are scheduled to arrive in the United States on February 2 and have an orientation in Washington, DC until February 6. They are currently scheduled to travel to host sites on February 7, and return to Uruguay on February 20.

URUGUAY HOSTING Application Deadline - November 14, 2008

For more specific information about the Uruguay Hosting program and the application please visit the OTHER OPPORTUNITIES page of our web site: