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Calling All Teachers: Grant Opportunities for Teaching with Primary Sources

April 11, 2016
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Are you a teacher? Have you been seeking grant opportunities? The Library of Congress last week announced two grant opportunities that may be of interest for Fourth Congressional District educators. Details are below:

Coursework, Curriculum and Educational Strategies

Up to $3.2 million will be made available to multiple grantees to conduct at least one of the following:

  • Design and deliver high-quality professional development or academic coursework related to the general inquiry-based use of primary sources;

  • Create, test, revise and publish high-quality curriculum that combines the use of primary sources with accepted pedagogy and standards used to teach in a specific curricular area(s); and

  • Create a training providers’ curriculum by investigating the use of primary sources in K-12 classrooms, and the efficacy of Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program content, policies and delivery.

The application deadline is May 20, 2016. For more information, application requirements, and selection criteria, see the "Notice of Funds Availability" at loc.gov/teachers/.

All selected grantees will become part of the Library's Teaching with Primary Sources Educational Consortium. For nearly a decade, the TPS program has developed and disseminated teaching materials from the extensive digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress. The Consortium has been instrumental in the success of the program by designing, delivering and evaluating teacher professional development and education programs nationwide. See a list of current TPS Educational Consortium members at loc.gov/teachers/tps/consortium/.

Applicants should demonstrate a record of success in designing, delivering and evaluating teacher professional development and education, focused on using primary sources in K-12 classrooms.

The maximum for any individual award is $300,000 for a 12-month period. There is no minimum award amount. Individual funding levels will depend on the content and quality of applications, the degree to which the projects proposed are accessible by educators, the number of applications received, and availability of funding. The grants will support activities for 12 months during fiscal year 2017, from October 2016 through September 2017. The Library may make additional funds available to grantees in future years at the government’s sole discretion, subject to grantee’s satisfactory performance under the current award, and subject to the availability of funds.

Funds Available to Create Apps on Congress and Civics

Additionally, $950,000 will be made available to one or more grantees to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on the subjects of Congress and civic participation, for use in the classroom.

The application deadline is May 24, 2016. For more information, application requirements, and selection criteria, see the "Notice of Funds Availability" at loc.gov/teachers/.

The Library seeks to identify one or more organizations that can work with its TPS program to develop online interactives and mobile apps on Congress and civic participation, designed for use in K-12 education. The selected partners will be expected to use and incorporate not only the Library’s online primary sources, but also the many other resources available online from the Library of Congress. Successful applicants will become members of the TPS Educational Consortium.

Applicants should demonstrate a record of success in the development and implementation of curricular programs on Congress and civic participation, and/or the development and long-term maintenance of successful online interactives or mobile apps for classroom use.

The grants will support program activities for 24 months, from October 2016 through September 2018.

This is the second time that the Library has made funding available for online interactives and mobile apps on Congress and civic participation. The first time was in 2015, when Congress allocated additional funds to the TPS program to increase competitive opportunities for doing so. For more information about the organizations selected to receive grant funding, visit loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-158.html.

Eligibility

Those eligible to apply for these grants include public, private, not-for profit and for-profit organizations, including institutions of higher education, colleges, universities, cultural institutions, other educational organizations, and collaborative partnerships (such as an organization with content expertise paired with an organization possessing technological expertise), states, public or private agencies (including for-profit agencies), and Native American tribes and tribal organizations.