LUBBOCK – The Community Foundation of West Texas is pleased to announce the awarding of Mini-Grants for Teachers totaling over $30,000.00 to forty-two South Plains Area elementary and secondary school teachers for the implementation of creative classroom projects during the 2016 – 2017 school year. These projects will provide exceptional educational opportunities for more than 4,000 students. Mini-Grants for Teachers is a program that recognizes the commitment of great teachers and awards grants of up to $1000 for creative classroom projects that will enrich their curriculum
This is the seventeenth year of the program. All K-12 teachers who teach in an accredited school within the South Plains area are eligible to apply in June of each year. Funding for the 2016 mini grants was provided by the South Plains Foundation, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, W.B. & Mozelle Rushing Fund, and Mrs. Daylia Vaughn.
Since 1997, the Mini-Grants for Teachers program has awarded 516 grants to 498 teachers in 120 schools in 19 school districts. Mini-Grants totaling over $382,000.00 have provided enriching academic experiences for thousands of students and have provided a means for recognizing and rewarding the efforts of outstanding teachers in the South Plains region.
In addition to offering assistance to teachers through the Mini-Grants for Teachers Program, the Community Foundation of West Texas currently administers over one hundred ninety (190) endowments with assets exceeding $37 million. Hundreds of grants and scholarships are awarded each year to address community needs in the areas of arts and culture, civic and community, education, social services and health and human services. The Community Foundation of West Texas exists to help people who care about the Lubbock and the South Plains area to invest – at any level – in its future.