While updating my own phone at Verizon, I came across a grant fund that they have called the Verizon Foundation. This is specifically for non-profits who are interested in using technology to improve society. Reading the guidelines for the grant, I found that improving "literacy" is one of their chief funding areas. You can apply for the grant between Jan 1st (Happy New Year!!!) and Nov. 1st. The application is entirely online and you can request up to $10,000 (there are options for requesting more than this amount too!). I think $10,000 could get a classroom set of cell phones and a nice yearly plan :)
For other funding ideas...you could try a "donate" website such as http://donorschoose.org
But of course keep in mind that the one nice thing about using cell phones as learning tools is that just about every secondary student owns one (or at least has access to one through their friends and/or parents).
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