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Media Literacy Grants 2019-2020

The 2019 legislature allocated $150,000 in state funds for 2019-2020 for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish the media literacy grant program. These funds will be awarded through a competitive grant process to 6-10 school teams to develop and share openly-licensed curriculum units on media literacy or digital citizenship, or both, that may be integrated into social studies, English languages arts, or health classes. Grant applications are now available on iGrants Form Package 922, and are due by October 21, 2019. Resources from the informational webinar (video recording, Powerpoint presentation, and Questions and Answers) on September 18, 2019 are now posted online.

Submissions may come from a public school, district office, or ESD, or a partnership between multiple educational partners. Only one proposal may be submitted per organization. Grant requests may not exceed $25,000 and most awards are anticipated to be in the $15,000 range.

The grant bulletin and application information can be downloaded as well.

Free GIS Software

Free licenses are available for Washington state K-12 schools to use GIS (geographic information system) software for instructional purposes. Esri’s GIS software makes it possible to visualize, question and interpret data in ways that bring relationships, patterns and trends to light. Educators use this valuable software to help students understand geography, earth science, social studies, math, language arts and more. Learn more about the ConnectED initiative or sign up for your free account at http://connected.esri.com/ 

GIS Training & Resources

Once you’ve downloaded GIS software, take it out for a test drive. We’ve compiled tutorials that demonstrate instruction basics, and data sets — boundaries, census, education, environmental, geographic and transportation — that you can use as instructional support. These resources are posted on OSPI's EdTech Moodle. Also check out: GIS Resource Collections for Schools

Free SketchUp Pro Software for Public Schools

Take advantage of free K-12 licenses for SketchUp Pro, a popular 3D modeling software. View complete system requirements.

Education licenses for K-12 schools and teachers are available at no cost. The offer is open to all Washington state schools and districts that make use of the licensing program administered through OSPI. Teachers take advantage of this versatile tool to visualize ideas and data, places and objects — any learning activity that can use the power of 3D graphics to strengthen core curricula with realistic visualizations.

Home Use for Students

SketchUp Pro is not free for students who want to use the 3D software modeling tool at home. We recommend SketchUp Make, which is free and designed for home use.

Technical Support & Training

Email-based tech support is available only to license administrators with active SketchUp Pro lab licenses.

Additional Grant Funding Opportunities


Public school teachers post requests for a classroom project — everything from pencils to video projectors, to musical instruments and much more. Citizen philanthropists browse the requests and donate to a project(s). DonorsChoose.org delivers the materials to the school. More on the About Us page.  

CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant Program (available Fall, 2020)

Be sure to check with your district for their processes and/or policies for applying for grants.