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GT-Funding (updated October 2002)

Is there any federal funding available for program development in gifted education? Do you know of any federal funding available to individuals who have highly gifted children?

Federal Funding for Gifted Education.

Federal funding earmarked for gifted education is available through application to The Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. The Javits Program is designed to build nationwide capability in gifted and talented education and encourage rich and challenging curricula for all children. Grant program details and application instructions are available at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/Javits/program.html. An application may be obtained at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/Javits/84.206A_2002.pdf

Many school districts direct funds from other government sources such as Title I or Challenge technology grants to projects that are not earmarked solely for gifted education but include gifted students.

Funding from other sources.

Funding for highly gifted children for educational or other purposes is scarce. You might try the following sources:

  1. Local gifted organizations set aside funds for summer program scholarships. These scholarships are available on a need or merit basis.

  2. Regional and state advocacy groups may provide scholarship funds to gifted students for summer programs and other activities.

  3. The larger summer programs have sources for financial assistance, so check with the programs that interest your family.

  4. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation sponsors The Young Scholars Program (YSP), a unique scholarship opportunity that benefits exceptional low to middle income eighth graders from across the United States each year. This program serves students across the United States and is coordinated by the talent search programs of four universities: Johns Hopkins University, University of Denver, Duke University, and Northwestern University. To learn more and to download an application, please visit http://www.jackkentcookefoundation.org/yngschol/index.html or call 410-516-0277 to request an application by postal mail. Be sure to ask for a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program Application.

  5. The Davidson Foundation and The Davidson Institute for Talent Development. The Davidson Foundation was founded in 1997 by Bob and Jan Davidson and their children as a private non-operating family foundation. It was organized as a 501(c) (3) foundation for the purpose of making grants to exempt charitable organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.davidsonfoundation.org/

    The Davidson Institute for Talent Development was formed in 1999 in Nevada for the purpose of supporting profoundly gifted young people and to provide them opportunities to nurture and develop their talents. The Davidson Young Scholars program is an individualized, intensive program for profoundly gifted children. Davidson Young Scholars between the ages of 4 and 16 are selected each year from applicants who have demonstrated extreme intellectual precocity. The Institute, the Young Scholar, and his/her parents work as partners to develop and implement a plan to support the Young Scholar. Financial assistance based on demonstrated need is available. For more information, please visit http://www.davidsoninstitute.org/ditd.php

  6. The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) sponsors the NAGC-Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award Program. A $500 U.S. Savings Bond, funded by the Nicholas Green Foundation and the Nicholas Green Scholarship Fund, is awarded to one student in each state, along with a Certificate of Excellence by the NAGC. Students selected for the award are between grades 3 and 6 and have distinguished themselves in academic achievement, leadership, or the visual or performing arts. For more information contact NAGC by sending an e-mail message to cpowers@nagc.org. For more information on Nicholas Green, please visit http://www.nicholasgreen.org
Following are links to related Internet resources and Internet discussion groups, as well as selected citations from the ERIC database and the search terms we used to find the citations.

You can search the ERIC database yourself on the Internet through either of the following web sites:

ERIC Citations

The full text of citations beginning with an ED number (for example, EDxxxxxx) is available:

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ERIC Search Terms Used



federal aid OR federal legislation OR funding OR grants

EJ583832 EC621867
Creative Ways To Raise Money for Your Gifted Program.
Stephens, Kristen; Karnes, Frances A.
Gifted Child Today Magazine; v22 n2 p48-51 Mar-Apr 1999
Publication_Type: Non-Classroom Use (055); Journal Articles (080)
Language: English
ERIC Issue: CIJNOV1999
Discusses strategies for fundraising for gifted-education programs. Advocates are urged to get necessary permission and legal advice, select a creative idea for fundraising, set a goal, focus on an appropriate timeline for planning and implementing, drafting volunteers, promoting the event, and evaluating success.
Descriptors: Financial Support; Fund Raising; Gifted; Private Financial Support; Publicity; Advocacy; Elementary Secondary Education; Proposal Writing

ED442235 EC307873
Challenge Grant for the Gifted: Collaborative Curriculum Projects. 1998-99 Summaries.
Publication Date: 1999
Publication_Type: Project Descriptions (141)
Availability: Clearinghouse Information Center, Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services, Division of Public Schools and Community Education, Florida Department of Education, Room 622, Turlington Building, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400; Tel: 850-488-1879; Fax: 850-487-2679; e-mail: cicbisc@mail.doe.state.fl.us; Web site: http://www.firn.edu/doe/commhome/ EDRS Price MF01/PC04 Plus Postage.
Institution Name: BBB34790 _ Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services.
Language: English
Geographic Source: U.S.; Florida
Government: State
ERIC Issue: RIEDEC2000
This publication describes 19 projects in Florida school districts supported by the 1998 Collaborative Curriculum Project. Grants were awarded to projects at the classroom or school level to address a significant problem or issue in the education of gifted students, support the redesign of instruction, and support collaboration among students, teachers, and community members to enhance instruction. Information about each project is presented in the following format: (1) project goals and rationale; (2) project implementation (e.g., problem or issue addressed, curriculum content focus, and instructional methodology); (3) evaluation (assessment of student performance, project evaluation); (4) budget; and (5) contact person.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted; Cooperative Programs; Curriculum Development; Instructional Design; School Community Relationship; Elementary Secondary Education; Grants
Identifiers: *Florida

EJ594996 EC623463
Fund Development: An Untapped Resource for Gifted Education.
Karnes, Frances A.; Stephens, Kristen R.; Samel, Ben R.
Gifted Child Today Magazine; v22 n5 p30-33,52 Sep-Oct 1999
Publication_Type: Non-Classroom Use (055); Journal Articles (080)
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
ERIC Issue: CIJMAY2000
Offers strategies for teachers of the gifted to increase their budgets through fund development, including annual giving, capital campaigns, endowments, and planned giving, such as irrevocable and revocable charitable gifts. Teachers are urged to do research, follow procedures, get organized, keep accurate records, appoint strong leadership, and evaluate efforts.
Descriptors: Endowment Funds; Financial Support; Fund Raising; Gifted; Private Financial Support; Trusts (Financial); Donors; Elementary Secondary Education

ED371526 EC303113
Education of the Gifted and Talented Reauthorization Fact Sheet.
Boren, Susan
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Congressional Research Service. 14 Feb 1994; 3p.; Report No: CRS-94-104-EPW
EDRS Price - MF01/PC01 Plus Postage.
Language: English
Document Type: Review Literature (070)
Geographic Source: U.S.; District of Columbia Journal Announcement: RIENOV94
Government: Federal
Target Audience: Policymakers
This fact sheet summarizes issues involved in the reauthorization of the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act of 1988, Title IV-B, Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This Act provides grants for research and demonstration projects and training activities to meet the needs of gifted and talented students. The Javits program has served over 2 million gifted and talented students through 75 discretionary projects and also funds the National Center for Research and Development in the Education of Gifted and Talented Children and Youth. A Federal government report is cited indicating that only two cents of every $100 spent on K-12 education in 1990 supported special opportunities for gifted students, and recommending that the definition of "gifted" be broadened and that effective programs be expanded into regular school programs. Specific reauthorization issues addressed include: whether to focus on equal education or on excellence for the few; reauthorization of the National Center for Gifted Research; and continuation of discretionary grants for model projects serving only gifted and talented students. Specific appropriation figures for fiscal years 1989 through 1995 (proposed) are listed.
Descriptors: Definitions; Demonstration Programs; Elementary Secondary Education; Expenditures; *Federal Aid; *Federal Legislation; *Gifted; Instructional Student Costs; Mainstreaming; Program Costs; Special Programs; *Talent
Identifiers: *Elementary Secondary Education Act Title IV B; National Center for Res Dev Gifted Talented Child

ED347766 EC301384
Programs and Practices in Gifted Education: Projects Funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act of 1988.
Berger, Sandra L., Ed.
Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, Va.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, Va.
1992; 228p. Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Contract No: RI88062007
ISBN: 0-86586-221-4
Available on diskette from: The Council for Exceptional Children, Publication Sales, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1589 ($18.00, $12.60 members; stock no. R636).
EDRS Price - MF01/PC10 Plus Postage.
Language: English
Document Type: ERIC PRODUCT (071); DIRECTORY (132)
Geographic Source: U.S.; Virginia
Journal Announcement: RIEDEC92
This directory resulted from a 1991 survey of 46 programs funded under the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act of 1988. The projects are listed alphabetically by state, city, and name of project. Projects have been divided into two types: (1) those that provide direct services to children and (2) dissemination projects. Projects in each of these types are summarized in a matrix display listing state, grantee, name of program, type of district, age/grade, and target population characteristics. A discussion of the Javits Act covering purpose, eligibility, types of projects funded, and source of further information is also provided. Individual project descriptions comprise most of the document and contain sections providing (1) general information, (2) program description, (3) program implementation, and (4) program evaluation. Among information provided for most projects is the following: project director, address, funding period, telephone, goals of program, program description, type of district, target population, selection criteria, identification procedures, number of children served, number of people involved in program implementation, type of preservice or inservice training, key conditions for replicating the program, cost of replicating the program, availability of technical assistance, most effective features of program, most surprising or challenging features of program, planned followup activities, and evaluation plan. A final section lists project directors, locations, and telephone numbers. Descriptors: Delivery Systems; *Demonstration Programs; Elementary Secondary Education; Federal Aid; *Gifted; Grants; Information Dissemination; National Surveys; *Program Descriptions; Program Evaluation; Program Implementation; Research and Development; *Talent; Theory Practice Relationship
Identifiers: *Jacob K Javits Gifted Talented Stdnt Educ Act 1988

EJ441228 EC602520
The Marland Report: Twenty Years Later
Harrington, Joseph; And Others
Journal for the Education of the Gifted; v15 n1 p31-43 Fall 1991
Pub Date: 1991
Publication_Type: Journal Articles (080); Project Descriptions (141)
This report examines federal involvement in gifted education in the 20 years since the Marland report on needs of gifted and talented students. Noted is the passage, in 1988, of the Javits Bill which implemented the major recommendations of the Marland report including establishment of the Office of Gifted and Talented and training of teachers.
Descriptors: Educational Legislation; Gifted; Government Role; Special Education; Talent; Other Descriptors: Educational History; Elementary Secondary Education; Federal Aid; Teacher Education
Identifiers: Hawkins Stafford Act 1988; Marland (Sidney P)

ED410236 TM026404
Title VI: 1995-96 Final Report. Publication No. 95.11.
Griffith, Julia E.
Austin Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Accountability, Student Services, and Research. Nov 1996 20p. EDRS Price - MF01/PC01 Plus Postage.
Language: English
Document Type: Research Report (143)
Geographic Source: U.S.; Texas
Journal Announcement: RIEDEC97
Title VI provide Federal funds to states through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as amended in 1994. Title VI funds can support one or more programs that include school reform activities, the purchase and use of instructional and educational materials, programs for the gifted and talented, and programs of various sorts for the disadvantaged. In 1995-96 the Austin Independent School District (AISD) (Texas) received $502,891 which included $36,488 carried over from the preceding year. Funds were allocated to a variety of programs, including: (1) Year-Round School Intersessions; (2) Coordinator of Volunteers; (3) Visiting Teachers; (4) High School College Dual Credit; (5) Library Resources; (6) HOST Software; (7) Middle School "Transition In" Program; (8) Nonpublic schools; and (9) Reading Recovery. Evaluations were conducted of some of these programs. Over 96% of the 80 librarians responding to a survey agreed that the library materials purchased with Title VI funds are effective in enhancing the educational experience of students. The Coordinator of Volunteers believed that the position benefited the district through its liaison functions, and surveyed visiting teachers believed that they supported district objectives by connecting resources and providing student services. Continued Title VI funding will enable the AISD to meet the needs of at-risk and disadvantaged students. Among the recommendations for the coming year is a thorough evaluation of the Reading Recovery Program.
Descriptors: College Credits; *Disadvantaged Youth; Educationally Disadvantaged; Elementary Secondary Education; Extended School Year; *Federal Aid; Financial Support; Gifted; *Instructional Materials; Library Materials; Middle Schools; Private Schools; Program Evaluation; Volunteers Identifiers: *Austin Independent School District TX; Elementary Secondary Education Act Title VI; Reading Recovery Projects

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