Language Assistance Program (FLAP)
The U.S. Department of Education provides grants to local
educational agencies (LEAs) for innovative model programs
providing for the establishment, improvement, or expansion
of foreign language study for elementary and secondary school
students. An LEA that receives a grant under this program
must use the funds to support programs that show promise of
being continued beyond the grant period and demonstrate approaches
that can be disseminated to and duplicated in other LEAs.
Projects supported under this program may also include a professional
This notice involves the following priorities:
Competitive Preference Priorities
1. Critical Need Languages This priority supports projects
that establish, improve, or expand foreign language learning,
primarily during the traditional school day, within grade
kindergarten through grade 12, and that exclusively teach
one or more of the following less commonly taught languages:
Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, and languages
in the Indic, Iranian, and Turkic language families.
2. Projects that include intensive summer foreign language
programs for professional development.
3. Projects that link non-native English speakers in the community
with the schools in order to promote two-way language learning.
4. Projects that promote the sequential study of a foreign
language for students, beginning in elementary schools.
5. Projects that make effective use of technology, such as
computer-assisted instruction, language laboratories, or distance
learning, to promote foreign language study.
6. Projects that promote innovative activities, such as foreign
language immersion, partial foreign language immersion, or
1. Applicants that propose to develop high levels of student
foreign language proficiency through increased instructional
time in the foreign language, research-based instructional
practices, and opportunities that enhance classroom instruction
such as community- based activities and study-abroad experiences.
2. Applicants that propose to collaborate with an institution
of higher education to provide professional development for
foreign language teachers, which may include teacher “action
research” projects, coursework designed to assist teachers
in meeting certification or licensure requirements, or long-term
professional development to improve teacher instruction and
Intent to Apply Deadline: May 11, 2009.
Application Deadline: May 27, 2009.
Kids Can Do: Speech Contest 2009
As Graduation Day approaches, What Kids Can Do invites
students to raise their voice and let others know what matters
most to them in this moment and in the years ahead. This year’s
theme: “Crisis and Hope in These Trying Times.”
Maximum Award: $100 gift certificate from amazon.com
Eligibility: Anyone from age 12 to 19, writing in English
Deadline: May 18, 2009
Early Childhood Reading Grants
Target Early Childhood Reading Grants support programs like
weekend book clubs and after-school reading programs that
foster a love of reading and encourage children, from birth
through age nine, to read together with their families.
Maximum Award: $3,000
Eligibility: Schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations.
Deadline: May 31, 2009
for Early Care and Education Research: Dual Language Learners
Funds are provided by the Office of Planning, Research and
Evaluation (OPRE) for the creation of a Center for Research
in Early Care and Education to focus on dual language learners
(DLLs) from birth through 5 years of age and their families.
Maximum Award: $1,500,000 (year one)
Eligibility: Open to all types of domestic applicants other
Deadline: Jun 15, 2009
National Association of Independent Schools: Challenge 20/20
The National Association of Independent Schools invites schools
to participate in Challenge 20/20, a program that brings together
two schools: one from the U.S. and one from abroad. Teacher-student
teams from both schools work together to come up with a solution
to a global problem. Challenge 20/20 is based on Jean François
Rischard’s book, “High Noon: 20 Global Problems,
20 Years to Solve Them.”
Maximum Award: Program participation
Eligibility: All U.S. schools, elementary and secondary, public
Deadline: August 17, 2009
Rudnick Center for the Public Interest: Insight/Foresight
Brown Rudnick will fund specific, one-time future education-related
needs or ideas that promise to improve inner-city education
within one year of the grant award in one of the cities eligible
for foundation grants.
Maximum Award: $2,000
Eligibility: Small, concrete projects that will improve inner-city
education in Boston, Hartford, Providence, New York, or Washington,
Grants for Diversity-Oriented Programs
The Comcast Foundation is awarding grants to maximize the
impact of community investments so they yield tangible, measurable
benefits to the neighborhoods Comcast serves and the people
who live there. The Foundation’s primary focus is in
funding diversity-oriented programs that address literacy,
volunteerism, and youth leadership development.
Maximum Award: $500,000
Eligibility: 501(c)3 orgs within communities that Comcast
for Teachers: Grants for Travel and Growth
The Fund for Teachers makes direct grants to teachers for
summer learning opportunities of their own design.
Maximum Award: $5,000
Eligibility: Teachers K-12 with a minimum of three years teaching
experience; teachers must be full-time and spend at least
50 percent of the time in the classroom when grants are approved
Deadline: Varies by state
for Early Literary Professionals
RA & RR Reading Conference Grants are available to help
fund expenses for selected early literacy professionals attending
International Reading Association or Reading Recovery conferences.
Maximum Award: $200
Eligibility: Early literacy professionals (grades K-3)
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