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Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants
$500 grants are available annually from the NWA to help improve the education of their students in meteorology. The teachers selected will be able to use the funds to take an accredited course in atmospheric sciences, attend a relevant workshop or conference, or purchase scientific materials or equipment for the classroom.

Spirit of America Award
This awards honors an individual who has made a significant or special contribution that exemplifies the American Democratic Spirit by standing up for equity, freedom, and the American spirit of justice.

Sprint Foundation Grants
The Sprint Foundation supports educational projects that foster school reform through the use of new technologies and through fresh approaches to the enhancement of teachers\' skills. Although Sprint does not have an application form, the foundation recommends that applicants identify how their projects support Sprint\'s objectives: innovation and the use of technology in the classroom; enhanced education for minorities and/or the disadvantaged; and increased employee and public support of education. Schools and other education-related nonprofit agencies can apply for grants totaling about $500,000 per year.

Staples Recycle for Education
Staples Inc. will donate $3 to public schools for every eligible ink cartridge they collect. Staples created the \"Staples Recycle for Education\" program in July 2003 to encourage cartridge recycling at its 1,100 U.S. stores but has now expanded the program nationwide. Staples now provides prepaid postage for shipping the cartridges and an account number so schools can monitor the status of reimbursement checks and total collection counts. Parents or teachers can log on to the web site below to register their school and receive a welcome kit that includes flyers to announce the program.

Texas Instruments Foundation Grants
The Texas Instruments Foundation requires no special application form. Grants usually range from $5,000 to $10,000, but the foundation has awarded some schools up to $100,000. Approximately 65 awards are granted each year. Applicants are encouraged to submit one- or two-page proposals that briefly outline the following: purpose of the organization, population served, amount requested, how the requested funds will be used, how the proposal matches funding interests of the foundation, and a copy of 501(c)(3) designation.

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation awards funding to non-profit organizations that serve low-income youth ranging in age from 9 to 24. Organizations—with a record for improving educational and work-related skills—must complete the foundation’s online survey to receive consideration. Funding may be used for the purchase of educational technology.

USA Songwriting Competition
All songwriters are encouraged to submit original songs in any of 15 categories. Winners are determined by top music industry professionals. Songs may be in any language.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Education Grants
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation seeks to achieve greater quality and equality of educational opportunity in the United States and throughout the world through grants that support increased student achievement, improved access to exemplary educational content, and other goals as outlined on its web site. The foundation will not consider requests to fund student aid, individual scholarships, construction, equipment and computer purchases, health research, or health education programs. Applicants should submit a brief letter of intent for initial review, after which proposals may or may not be requested. Full proposals will not be accepted unless they are requested. Check the foundation\'s web site for details before sending a letter of intent.

William T. Grant Foundation
The goal of the William T. Grant Foundation is to help create a society that values young people and enables them to reach their full potential. It pursues this goal by investing in research and in people and projects that use evidence-based approaches.

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