Frank H. Mackaman
The Dirksen Congressional Center
301 South 4th Street, Suite A
Pekin, IL 61554
<<<Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants Announcement>>>
***DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2002***
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants
totaling $50,000 in 2001-2002 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 the classroom.
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 not eligible. Inter-institutional
consortia and other groups of individual 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 submitted by no later than October 1, 2002.
Complete information about eligibility and application procedures, may
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 -- 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.