Mini-Grants for Teachers
Applications are now being accepted for Mini-Grants for Teachers, a grant program for K-12 schools (public and private) in the South Plains area.
Deadline to apply is June 15.
This program provides small grants to elementary and secondary school teachers to enable them to enhance their class curriculum that will make learning memorable for students. With these funds, teachers can buy enriching teaching materials not provided for in school budgets. Since the program's inception in 1997, mini-grants totaling upwards of $440,000 have provided over 500 teachers and thousands of students an enriching classroom experience.
In 2018, more than 70 teachers in Lubbock and the surrounding South Plains school districts requested mini-grants, and over half of them received the funds requested. This program is funded exclusively through local private donations and granted out more than $28,270 in mini-grants to teachers in 2018.
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Every day teachers are faced with keeping children interested and challenged with few resources beyond basic curriculum. Limited school budgets often cannot support the creative ideas and enriching material teachers want to bring to their classrooms to meet student needs. We recognize that students come from diverse backgrounds, have different learning styles, and can benefit from creative learning opportunities and a deeper grounding in course material. The Mini-Grants for Teachers program brings together the resources of regional funders who have an interest in K-12 education. By working together, we are impacting the ability of educators to create meaningful learning experiences for children throughout the South Plains area.
Funding and in-kind support for the grant program is generously provided by:
Diekemper Family Foundation • South Plains Foundation • Odyssey Endowment • Bill Bigham Endowment •
Rushing Family Foundation • BNSF Railways • Audrey Divilbiss • Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.
All South Plains region kindergarten through grade 12 teachers from public schools and non-public schools recognized by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) and the Commissioner of Education will be eligible to apply. Only one grant will be awarded per individual per year.
The typical grant award is in the $300 – $1,500 range. Depending on the project, the maximum may exceed $1,500.
Application Deadline: June 15
Grants Announced: August
Grants Payable to Schools: August
Project Evaluation and Reports Due: May of following year
A committee consisting of educators, community volunteers and Community Foundation of West Texas Board and staff review applications. The committee members do not know the identity of the teacher and school. Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
Impact: Potential to improve student achievement; potential for continuation and/or replication; potential to enhance instructional skills
Innovation: Innovative approach making learning memorable; enhance academic objective within curriculum context
Planning: Clear plan for project implementation; teacher capability; cost effectiveness and realistic budget;
Existing Resources: Grant funding will not supplant existing funding – project cannot be achieved with existing school budget
Mini-Grant for Teachers applications will not be considered for:
Renovation of facilities;
Religious activities or teachings;
Equipment that is not an integral part of the project;
Trips out of this region; or
Tuition for special classes
Grantees must provide a written report to the Community Foundation of West Texas at the conclusion of their project. This report must include a financial statement and narrative describing the project and how it benefited students and the teacher. Unused funds must be returned to the Foundation at the end of the school year for which the grant was awarded.