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Texas Fund for Geography Education Grant Program

Welcome to the home page of the Texas Geography Fund for Education Grant Program, which is administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. While still a relatively new and small-scale endeavor, the Texas Fund for Geography Education grants contribute to the goal of recruiting, preparing, and retaining additional well-qualified educators for Texas public elementary and secondary schools. The partnership requirement of these grants ensures that public education and higher education will collaborate and work together to equip K-12 students with the academic skills and preparation necessary to persist and succeed in their education.

Background Information: House Bill 3590, passed by the 77th Texas Legislature, established the Texas Fund for Geography Education. The purpose of the fund was to:

  1. create an endowment to support geographic education programs in Texas,
  2. improve the quality of geography education in Texas, and
  3. promote a better understanding of Texas by all of its residents.

The legislation allowed the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to enter into an agreement with the National Geographic Society of Washington, D.C., to operate an endowment fund, the earnings of which would be available for competitive grants to fund partnerships that enhance geography education for K-12 students. The partnerships would include, at a minimum, an institution of higher education and a Texas K-12 institution. The fund was initially endowed at $1 million.

The RFP for the Geography Education Program is scheduled to be released by June of each year.

RFP Geography Grant - 2011 Projects

Texas Fund for Geography Education: Status Report and Update

For more information, please email Natalie Coffey.

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