The Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and administered by NSTA, is again offering grants to K–12 science teachers this academic year for innovative projects that enhance science education in the school and/or school district. Fifty large grants totaling $500,000 will be awarded. To apply for funding, qualified teachers must write a Toyota TAPESTRY proposal according to the proposal requirements. The deadline for the completion of the online application is 11:59 p.m. EST Tuesday, February 23, 2011. Recipients of Toyota TAPESTRY grants will be notified in April 2011. Non-recipients will be notified in June 2011.

On Wednesday, January 5, at 6:30 Eastern, two former TAPESTRY awardees (one of whom is a former TAPESTRY judge) will be leading a special interactive web seminar about the keys to writing a successful grant proposal. They will discuss ways to make projects stand out when the judging is done, explain common pitfalls that trip up teachers, and give participants lots of suggestions on how to get their grant proposal going or to wrap things up! Those interested in submitting a grant proposal are encouraged to participate. For more information about the web seminar or to register for the event, visit the NSTA Learning Center.