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Attention NJFEA Advisers and Tomorrow’s Teachers Instructors: Grant Opportunity Available!

The following grant opportunity may be of particular interest to NJFEA advisers and Tomorrow’s Teachers course instructors!  If you are considering applying for a grant through this program, please notify Larry Fieber at

Program Number:   25356
Title:            Unsung Heroes Program – Class Project Awards                                                                                     

Sponsor:          ING Foundation

SYNOPSIS:  Through their Unsung Heroes Program, the sponsor presents Class Project Awards to K-12 educators and their schools to fund innovative classroom projects. 

Deadline(s):      04/30/2012
Established Date: 10/17/2011
Follow-Up Date:   02/01/2013
Review Date:      10/17/2011

Address:          ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program, c/o Scholarship America
                  One Scholarship Way
                  P.O. Box 297
                  St. Peter, MN 56082     
Program URL:
Tel:              507-931-1682                 
Deadline Ind:     Postmark                                              

Completed applications may not be faxed, they must be mailed.

Locations Tenable:    U.S.A. Institution (including U.S. Territories)

Appl Type(s):     Precollegiate Educator/Personnel

Funding Limit:    $2,000   (see below for more information on funding)

Geo. Restricted:  NO RESTRICTIONS                                        

OBJECTIVES:  The purpose of these awards is to recognize educators for their breakthrough projects which bring classroom teaching to new heights. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system.

All K-12 education professionals, whether or not they are clients of ING, are eligible. Specifically, these individuals must be: Employed by an accredited K-12public or private school located in the United States; Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning.

Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.

All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. Indirect costs or administrative fees should not be paid or withheld from the grant award. Each of the 100 finalists will receive an award of $2,000. Award checks are made payable jointly to the recipient and to his or her school. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards.  First place will receive $25,000; second place will receive $10,000; and the third place winner will receive $5,000. (sch)