Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Grants for up to $10,000 are available for creative uses of technology in Jewish education - Questions and Answers

1) I’m in Israel. Can I apply for this funding support?

A: This funding is intended for educators in North American Jewish day schools. On the other hand, Israelis can partner with North American educators to design a solution to a pedagogic problem that will be implemented in a North American day school.

2) Can these monies be used by commercial vendors creating products for American schools?

A: The impetus for the grant must come from a teacher. The teacher can buy software or arrange for software design or development, but we won’t partner with the developer directly.

3) Does the money apply only to hardware purchases? Is it limited to non-hardware purchases?

A: No, and no.

4) Can you help me fund an existing program?

A: Our objective emphasizes innovation. You can apply, but we will favor new programs and it would take unusual circumstances for us to approve a grant for an existing program.

5) Is this only for Limudei Kodesh? Can the problem reach across Judaic and General Studies classes?

A: Your idea can assist students and teachers across the curriculum, as long as Judaic education is advanced.

6) Can this grant be used for school-wide efforts or only for class-room based initiatives?

A: The foundation is primarily interested in teacher-student initiatives, but school-wide efforts will be considered.

7) Can the description be more than one page long?

A: Yes, but please limit your efforts and ours at this preliminary stage.

8) Can we write the proposal in Hebrew?

A: Proposals must be submitted in English.

9) Does this money go to schools or teachers? Can more than one teacher in a school apply?

A: The Educational Technology Experimentation grants will be awarded directly to those teachers implementing the technological solution. However, the school’s administration must buy in to the teacher’s idea; at a later stage, we will require the administration’s signature on the proposal. In addition, , if hardware or software is neccesary for the program, the school must purchase it directly. It is entirely possible that we may award several grants within the same school.

10) Is this funding for only certain kinds of day schools? Is it limited by age of student or affiliation?

A: The school must be an North American Jewish day school. Other than that, we will consider funding regardless of age of student or affiliation.

11) Can supplementary schools apply for this grant?

A: The funding is targeting day school educators, not supplementary educators. An industrious supplementary school teacher may want to team up with a day school teacher on a project, though.

12) Are there specific application forms to fill out?

A: No. Take a look at the guidelines and write us a page or two addressing the points mentioned.

13) Why is the application so short? There are only a few questions.

A: We will be inviting a small selection of teachers to submit full proposal. At this initial stage, we prefer this brief application, being mindful of people’s time and energy.

14) My school has a cash flow problem and does not have the money to purchase hardware in advance - is there a way for the grant to provide the money up front to the school?

A: Our typical operating procedure is to provide some of the grant money up front and some upon completion of the project. These terms will be individualized with each final grantee.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Please use the comments to ask general questions

We will be posting some of your general qustions here, with our answers. If you have a question to add, please post it here as a "comment" and we will respond shortly.