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AT&T Fndn.
Bank of America Fndn.
Ford Fndn.
Ford Motor Co. Fund
General Electric Fund
Kauffman Fndn.
W. K. Kellogg Fndn.
Lilly Endowment
MacArthur Fndn.
Mellon Fndn.
Packard Fndn.
Pew Charitable Trusts
Rockefeller Fndn.
SBC Fndn.
Open Society Inst.
UPS Fndn.
Wal-Mart Fndn.
Woodruff Fndn.

AT&T Foundation focuses support on education, and they encourage efforts to win student interest and involvement in mathematics, science and engineering. They also support programs that focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. The AT&T Learning Network provides funding to projects that demonstrate effective and innovative uses of technology in supporting families, schools and communities. You may submit proposals at any time.

Bank of America Foundation places special emphasis on providing educational opportunities for young children so they will be ready to learn and achieve when they begin school. However, they do not consider funding requests from K-12 schools, so you will have to partner with a non-profit organization in order to receive funds. Remember that the Bank is now all over the country, so send a grant letter to the Manager of your local BofA branch. You may submit proposals at any time.

Ford Foundation seeks to enhance educational opportunity, especially for low-income and chronically disadvantaged groups. They want you to write a brief letter of inquiry about your project before you write a full proposal. Applications are considered year-round.

Ford Motor Company Fund supports programs at the high school level that are designed to promote diversity and innovation in education, as well as to encourage careers in business, engineering, math, science and the arts. They also support some experimental programs that are designed to inspire new ways of teaching and learning. The Fund only supports programs in communities where Ford does business. Requests for support are accepted and reviewed throughout the year.

General Electric Fund has two pre-college grant programs: College Bound and Early Years. College Bound is a partnership between schools and General Electric businesses focused on doubling the rate of college attendance from low-income and inner-city schools near General Electric communities. Early Years grants are given to low-income schools near General Electric facilities to support volunteers' work with elementary schools students learning to read, and to improve math and science. If you submit a grant application to the Fund, be sure you review their Eligibility Guidelines. You may submit grants at any time.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth. Local initiatives within the greater Kansas City region receive 65% of Kauffman Foundation grants. Grant guidelines are very specific. Both FastTrac and EntreWorld.org are programs of the Kauffman Foundation. The Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the entrepreneur, baseball team owner and philanthropist, Ewing Marion Kauffman (1916-1993), who grew Marion Laboratories from his basement to $1 billion in sales when sold in 1989 to Merrell Dow, now subsumed under Aventis.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation has several different programs to which you can apply. Programming in Youth and Education, Information Systems/Technology, Capitalizing on Diversity, and, if you are a middle school in Michigan, Middle Start. There is also ENLACE, or Engaging Latino Communities for Education. For more specific information about each one, please check the website.

The Lilly Endowment does not have a website. It was established in 1937 by members of the Lilly family as a vehicle by which to pursue their personal philanthropic interests. The address is:

Lilly Endowment, Inc.
P. O. Box 88068
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317-924-5471 Phone
317-926-4431 Fax
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is known mostly for its $500,000 Fellows program, but has a Human and Community Development Program which schools can also fit well with. However, only organizations in Chicago and Palm Beach County, FL and the regions immediately around them can be supported. The program looks to supports evaluate, and strengthen community-improvement initiatives, especially in education, public safety, economic opportunity, and recreation. You need to go to the website for details.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has a program for Cost Effective Uses of Technology in Teaching , which could be used by regional groups of schools. Check the website for details. It is suggested that prospective applicants explore their ideas in writing informally with the Foundation before submitting a full proposal. Grant requests may be submitted at any time.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations in the broad areas of Science and Children. The foundation has a special focus on the northern California counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey. Proposals are accepted four times per year: March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15.

Pew Charitable Trusts is a national philanthropy, but they maintain a strong commitment to the Philadelphia, PA area. Their Education program seeks to raise the performance of students of all levels of education, especially their capabilities to learn for understanding and to acquire the literacies they need for productive employment and effective citizenship in an increasingly complex society. Their K-12 Reform program encourages the fundamental reforms in the profession of teaching and the work of schools that are needed to enable all students to perform at high levels. However, requests must come from a regional or state level.

Rockefeller Foundation has a Working Communities component that encompasses improving all urban schools. This is a new program that is still under development, so the Foundation requests a brief letter of inquiry to the office to determine whether the Foundation will permit consideration of the request.

SBC Foundation has education as its main priority, because today's students need the skills and knowledge to work in a world where advanced technologies are the norm and because education helps sustain economic growth. They prefer to give in communities where a significant number of SBC Communications employees live and work: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, California and Nevada. Local or statewide non-profits will have to partner with schools for these grants.

Soros or Open Society Institute is sponsored by George Soros, and has a Youth Initiatives Program that is youth-focused. They will consider grant requests up to $75K. Deadlines have not been determined, so check the website periodically.

UPS Foundation focuses its resources on their Literacy Initiative. They are supporting programs that combine literacy training with parenting classes, employment preparation and placement assistance. See their website for more information on grant applications.

Wal-Mart Foundation has several initiatives supporting education, including Teacher of the Year. 97% of their funding is directed by the local Wal-Marts, Sam's Clubs and distribution centers. They rarely support national causes. However, one that they do support is Jobs for American Graduates (JAG), which provides disadvantaged youth in their junior year with a Wal-Mart mentor. Apply to your local Wal-Mart outlet for local funding, and refer to the website for the national programs.

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation gives only to charities located in the state of Georgia. One of their program areas is elementary, secondary and higher education. However, recently the Foundation has sought ways in which it can help achieve systemic improvement in public education at the state and local levels. Contact them directly for guidelines.