Grants Upcoming for Education Projects

grantsPrivate Funder: Spencer Foundation; Opportunity: Conference Grants for Advancing Education Research; Funding Focus: Education, youth and student achievement; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Colleges and nonprofits; Funding: Multiple awards up to $50,000 each; Deadline: January.

Summary: The conference grants support efforts to bring together scholars to devise ways to enhance U.S. education methods. The conferences will encourage collaboration within the educational research community.

Other Grants

The foundation has launched a new Civics Initiative for projects looking at the links between a classroom civic education and its relationship to civic action. Research must advance the understanding about the civic action and learning-experience connections. Priority goes to projects that look at non-college-bound youth, less economically privileged youth, members of diverse racial and ethnic groups and immigrant youth.

The Small Research Grants program aims to support smaller scale or pilot research projects that have budgets of $50,000 or less. Proposals are encouraged from scholars across a variety of disciplines. The next deadline for that program is Feb. 1. It can be found here:

Info: (conference grants); or Maricelle Garcia,, 312/274-6511, for questions.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education.

Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government.

Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.

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