Frank H. Mackaman
The Dirksen Congressional Center
Pekin, IL 61554
Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants Announcement
DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2004
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants
totaling $35,000 in 2004 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 (6th through 12th grades), community and junior 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 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.
Preliminary proposals must be submitted by no later than May 1, 2004.
IMPORTANT: Only proposals submitted via e-mail, either in the body of
the message or as a MS Word attachment, will be accepted.
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 --
Mackaman 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." We believe that the study of the
legislative process is essential to learning about civic life.