There are lots of funding sources out there for schools to make computer equipment purchases with. As technology advances, and as old technologies need to be upgraded, governments and non-profit recognise the value they hold in K-12 education. It is in everyone's interest--business, foundation, government--to help prepare the students of today for the 21st-century technologies of tomorrow.
Technology Grants for Rural Schools
The Technology Grants for Rural Schools, through the Foundation for Rural Education and Development, has an interest in helping schools access the Internet and use developing technologies. Through the funding of hardware that supports school curriculum, to include PC purchases, grants of up to £6,500 per year are given to rural school applicants. Program support includes projects that provide schools with access, training and hardware in areas with high ratios of poverty and limited access to technology. The program's purpose is to bridge the growing need for innovative technologies with the lack of resources in rural areas. In 2009 funding went to eight schools in rural areas, including Central Linn High School in Oregon, which received £6,462.60; Children's Attention Home Charter School in South Carolina, £6,428; and Eden Valley-Watkins High School in Minnesota, £5,218.
Foundation for Rural Education and Development 2020K St., NW., 7th Floor Washington, DC 20006 202-659-5990 http://fred.org/tech.html
Enhancing Education Through Technology
The U.S. Department of Education, through the Enhancing Education through Technology program, seeks to improve student classroom performance by facilitating technical literacy, with proficiency as a goal by the end of eighth grade. Funds can be used for curriculum development, research-based instruction, teacher training and equipment purchases that support the expansion of, and access to, technology in K-12 schools across the country. Projects that include partnerships with public and private sectors are highly encouraged, as are programs designed with new or existing technologies such as online course content geared to academic improvement, support for learning standards, parental involvement in schools, and the use of technology to "collect, manage and analyse data to enhance teaching and school improvement" per the U.S. Department of Education. More than £0.6 billion is given out annually through this funding source.
U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW, 7E-247 Washington, DC 20202 202-401-2000 www2.ed.gov/programs/edtech/index.html
HP Innovations in Education Grants
HP Innovations in Education, through Hewlett Packard, provides grants for secondary schools and distributed close to 25 grants last year to public and private school districts across the United States. Valued at more than £175,500 each, these grants included a number of categories for a number of purposes: Leadership Capacity for creating networks of school personnel to "implement innovative approaches to curriculum"; the Digital Learning Environments for the use of technology in fundamental redesign initiatives; and the Secondary Student Design and Research Experience that provides students with authentic math and science experiences in design, research and problem solving. All funds are for use in the development of "innovative initiatives" that support success in middle and high school technologies. The goal is to keep secondary students involved in research, innovation and design through real-life application. Purchases include a range of equipment to include digital projectors, computers, docks, DVD drives, laptops and PCs. Cash and stipends are also included.
Hewlett-Packard Co. 3000 Hanover St. Palo Alto, CA 94304 650-857-1501 hp.com/hpinfo/grants/us/hpiie.html