Frank H. Mackaman
The Dirksen Congressional Center
301 South 4th Street, Suite A
Pekin, IL 61554
<<<Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants Announcement>>>
***DEADLINE: May 1, 2003***
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants
totaling $35,000 in the two selection rounds, October 2002 and May 2003,
to help teachers, curriculum developers, and others improve the quality
of civics instruction, with priority on the role of Congress in our
federal government. Areas of interest include designing lesson plans,
creating student activities, and applying instructional technology in
Teachers (4th through 12th grades), community college faculty, and
college and university faculty are eligible as are teacher-led student
teams and individuals who develop curriculum. Priority will be given to
the following disciplines: history, government, social studies,
political science, and education.
Institutions and organizations are eligible under certain conditions.
Inter-institutional consortia and other groups of individuals may apply,
but grant funds may not be used to defray indirect costs or overhead
expenses. The funds are intended solely to produce "deliverables" of use
to classroom teachers.
Final proposals must be e-mailed or postmarked by no later than May 1,
2003. Complete information about eligibility and application procedures,
can be found at The Center's Web site --
The Center does not
provide an application form. You may find it helpful to review the
sample grant proposal at --
is the program officer -- mailto:fmackaman@...
The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M.
Dirksen, is a private, non-partisan, nonprofit research and educational
organization devoted to the study of Congress and its leaders. The
Center created the Michel Civic Education Grants to fund practical
classroom strategies to improve the quality of teaching and learning
about civics, with a particular emphasis on the role of Congress in the
federal government. The goal of education in civics, we believe, is
informed, responsible participation in political life by competent
citizens. Current levels of political knowledge, political engagement,
and political enthusiasm leave much to be desired. Part of the solution
rests in better instructional practices.