Information technology grants are available
from a variety of sources including local, state and federal
governments, as well as private and corporate foundations and trusts. In the U.S. there are over 400 private and corporate foundations that give information technology grants. Throughout the U.S. information technology grants have been awarded to all kinds of nonprofits including art councils, law enforcement agencies, fire
departments, emergency medical services, elementary/secondary schools, colleges, universities, churches, health care providers, and government agencies. To learn more about private and corporate foundations that give information technology grants look in the Foundation Directory at your local library.
More than $700 million is dedicated to information technology grants for the use of technology to improve student achievement through the U.S. Department of Education’s “Enhancing Education Through Technology” initiative. Schools must use at least 25 percent of these information technology grants for professional development. $2.25 billion in federal E-rate program supports discounts on telecommunications services, Internet access, and networking for schools and libraries. While these discounts are not considered information technology grants – they equal large sums of money in savings for non-profit organizations. For more on information technology grants from the U.S. Department of Education, visit:
· Contact Susan Patrick, Director, Office of Educational Technology, Susan.Patrick@ed.gov
Every program in No Child Left Behindis an opportunity for information technology grants since technology can be used to help accomplish specific program goals. Just as the U.S. Department of Education asks schools to integrate technology with the curriculum – No Child Left Behind integrates technology into specific content area programs. No Child Left Behind requires that every student should be technology literate by the time they finish the 8th grade. To support this requirement, the U.S. Department of Education is providing assistance to the 21st Century Skills Forum, a new public-private partnership with Microsoft, Apple, SAP, NEA, Cisco, AOL, Infotech Strategies and Dell.
At the local and state government level there are several places to go for information technology grants because technology is an integral part of every program and service delivered. The Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Development, Small Business Development, County Commissioners, Department of Education, Department of Transportation, all have funding that can often be used towards information technology grants.
is experienced in writing information technology grants. Its founder and lead instructor, Beverly Santicola, has a track record of success in writing grants for elementary-secondary education, healthcare, science, economic development and labor-management cooperation. With an average of one million dollars in grant awards each year, Santicola has authored grants that have:
· Increased learning outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics.
· Increased interest and learning outcomes in science and citizenship.
· Promoted labor-management cooperation.
· Encouraged economic growth.
· Advanced professional development.
· Established community technology centers.
· Increased access to healthcare.
· Facilitated early detection of breast cancer.
In her grant writing workshops, Santicola shares the secrets to her success and provides students with samples of many of her award-winning technology grant proposals. In
the workshops, she shares stories of unique and creative proposals that generated over $1 million in information technology grants. With one project that taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to build computers in less than 30 minutes, and also taught them to teach other 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students how to build computers, Santicola demonstrates how
technology can increase student learning outcomes by as much as 22% in science in just two years, as well as increase learning outcomes in all core curriculum. Students
receive workbooks that include a copy of the curriculum for this project and also the process flow chart that was created by the 4th grade students.