Media & Technology Grants
Technology Literacy Grant Guidelines
Information and Technology Literacy Grant Philosophy Statement:
The Information and Technology Literacy Grant Program is established to encourage the creative and innovative, yet practical use of information and technology literacy resources in education.
Who is Eligible?
- WEMTA members
- Non-WEMTA members who are educators in accredited Wisconsin public and private elementary and secondary schools, or employees of regional educational agencies such as CESAs and who are collaborating in a grant with a WEMTA member.
- Non-WEMTA members who are educators or students in library media / technology programs in Wisconsin technical colleges, colleges, or universities and who are collaborating in a grant with a WEMTA member.
- What types of projects are eligible?
Proposals will be accepted for projects or research studies on an educational information or technology literacy-related topic. Preference will be given to proposals in which the library-media specialist collaborates with other teachers to integrate the information and technology literacy standards with one or more of the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards by developing and implementing units that require the use of information problem solving and technology skills while acquiring content knowledge. Proposal would target on one or more of the following Informational and Technology Literacy content standards with one or more of the assessed standards.
Media and Technology – A project or unit of practice that encourages students to “select and use media and technology to access, organize, create, and communicate information for solving problems” in one or assessed areas “and for constructing new knowledge, products, and systems.” (Information and Technology Literacy Standards Matrix, 2000)
Information and Inquiry – A project or unit of practice in which students “ demonstrate their ability to access, evaluate, and apply information efficiently and effectively from a variety of sources in print, non print, and electronic formats to meet personal and academic needs.” (Ibid)
Independent learning – A project or unit of practice that empowers students “to apply technological and information skills to issues of personal and academic interest by actively and independently seeking information; by demonstrating critical and discriminating reading, listening, and viewing habits; and by striving for personal excellence in learning and career pursuits.” (Ibid)
How much money can be granted and when will it be available?
Grant proposals may be submitted for amounts ranging from $100 to $1,000. The Information and Technology Literacy Grant Committee may award money grants up to a total of $2,000 annually. Proposals recommended to the WEMTA Board of Directors for funding will be accomplished by an Information and Technology Literacy Grant Committee recommendations for a funding amount. The amount recommended by the Committee may be higher or lower amount than originally proposed. Changes to the original request may be negotiated with the proposal writer before the proposal is awarded to the WEMTA Board of Directors. The full approved amount of the grant will be issued at the time the grant is awarded, subject to the recipient’s written acceptance to the terms of the grant.
What are the obligations of a grant recipient?
The recipient of a grant shall agree to:
- Acknowledge that acceptance of the grant and distribution of funds is contingent upon a signed agreement on the part of the grantor (WEMTA) and the grantee. The WEMTA president or designee and the recipient will sign the agreement. If additional funds supporting the project were received from a school district, affiliated institution, or other entity, the grantee must give notice of this grant to the other supporting bodies.
- Complete the research study or project by the Spring Conference in the year following the announcement of their award, or as negotiated by the grantor and grantee.
- Submit a one page written report describing the outcome to the Informational and Technology Literacy Grant Committee chair, and the WEMTA Board of Directors at the board meeting immediately preceding the Spring Conference. Within the report, provide a detailed accounting of the expenditures made form the Information and Technology Literacy Grant money. Unexpended funds must be returned to the WEMTA treasurer at the end of the grant period.
- Submit the outcome of the research or project to WEMTA membership during the Spring Conference or in an article in the WEMTA Dispatch or on the WEMTA website.
- Any research or product resulting form the grant must contain a credit given to WEMTA.
How do I apply?
Proposals must be submitted to the Chair of the Information and Technology Grant Committee by the last Friday in January. Proposals should be limited to three (3) double spaced typewritten pages. Each proposal must include the following:
- Applicant’s name, address, telephone number, job title, and name of employer;
- Grant category (i.e., Media and Technology, Information and Inquiry, or independent learning) under which the proposal is submitted;
- Title of the study or project;
- Reason(s) for undertaking the study proposal;
- Qualifications of the applicant to undertake the study or proposal;
- Potential significance of the information gathered or project outcome;
- Procedures to be used in the study or proposal;
- Description of the end product to be submitted as evidence of the completion of the study or project (e.g., a paper, unit of practice, videotape, computer program, Web page, or other format;)
- Costs to be covered by the grant (may include software, reimbursement at the district rate for LMS / teacher planning time), etc.;
- Indication that partial funding of the grant is acceptable;
- Indication that matching grant funding from a school district or academic institution may be available, and a
- Time line showing stages of development, culminating at the grant completion process.
The Information and Technology Literacy Grant Timeline is as follows:
- Request for proposal publicized in the Dispatch and WEMTA web page October to January.
- Proposal due to Information and Technology literacy Grant Committee
- chair the last Friday in January.
- Grants recommended to the WEMTA Board at pre-spring conference board meeting
- Grants recipients notified after pre-spring conference board meeting
- Grant acceptance form completed 2 weeks prior to spring conference
- Grant recipients announced and grants awarded – WEMTA Spring Conference
- Completion of study or project – one year from notification date or as negotiated by grantor and grantee
- Submission of written report on completed project to Board via Information and technology literacy Grant Committee Chair – at pre-spring conference board meeting of following year
- Tough draft of the presentation of article submitted to the Information and Technology Literacy Grant Committee chair – one month before the Spring Conference
- Give presentation on study / project – at WEMTA Spring Conference or submit completed article to the WEMTA Dispatch editor.
- Publicize Information and technology Grant projects- May and September Dispatches
How are the Grant Recipients Determined?
The Information and Technology Literacy Grant Committee evaluate Grant proposals. The committee is composed of the chair and minimum of three additional WEMTA members appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors. Proposals selected will be recommenced to the WEMTA Board of Directors for funding.
What if I apply and don’t get a grant?
Proposals not selected for funding will be returned to the writer as soon as practical after the evaluation process is completed. Proposals may be resubmitted if consideration is again desired in subsequent years.
Contact Peg Billing, Awards/Grants Chairperson
Submissions due - process will begin in the fall of 2015.