Teacher Classroom Project Grants
The Teacher Classroom Project Grant is a unique teacher/classroom program that awards funds of $500 to $1,500 to teachers for creative and innovative projects for classroom use that directly impacts the quality of education for students.
Annual Grant Application Deadline:
postmarked by November 1st each year.
Final Project Report Deadline:
postmarked by 2nd Friday of September
CLASSROOM TEACHER & BRICMONT LIBRARY FUND GRANT PROGRAM
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?
The purpose of Classroom Grants to Teachers is to improve the learning environment, instructional effectiveness, and student motivation by encouraging and rewarding creative teaching. The program funds a wide variety of projects in many curricular areas and all grade levels.
WHO MAY APPLY?
A K-12 public school teacher from all districts in Santa Cruz County. A teacher may submit a collaborative grant with one or more teachers. After-school programs are not eligible at this time. The program funds a wide variety of projects in many curricular areas and all grade levels.
WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DUE?
Grant applications need to be postmarked no later than the second Friday of November. (Please note that the applications must be mailed; they cannot be dropped off at the Schools Plus address).
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR GRANT CONSIDERATION?
To be considered, a proposal must show how the grant will result in one or more of the following benefits:
· Introduces or adapts an innovative or creative approach
· Expands teaching strategies
· Encourages active student participation
· Improves student achievement
· Improves student attitudes and motivation
· Addresses current issues or challenges
Grants are one-time for projects taking place within the academic year and generally do not cover staff or consultant time, in-service costs, or facilities improvement. While grants may not be used to cover professional development, teachers are encouraged to apply for funds to implement projects or ideas from a conference or in-service.
To qualify for a collaborative grant, the proposal must include evidence that one or more of the following will occur if the project is funded:
· Team planning
· Bringing students from different classrooms together
· Sharing resources
· Cross-disciplinary teaching
WHAT FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE?
· Up to $500 for a grant from an individual teacher
· Up to $1,500 for collaborative grants from three or more teachers
HOW ARE GRANTS AWARDED?
An Allocations Committee comprised of representatives from business, education, and the community reviews proposals. Members may directly contact applicants or the school principal for additional information or clarification. The Allocation Committee recommendations will be presented to the SCHOOLS PLUS Board of Directors for final approval at their December Grant Review meeting
HOW DO I APPLY?
Please mail 6 copies (1 original and 5 copies) of the completed application to:
1840 41st Ave
STE 102 PMB 244
Capitola, CA 95010-2527
All applications must be typed using the actual SCHOOLS PLUS application.
No handwritten applications will be considered.
Additionally, the "Make Check Payable To" field must be completed.
WHEN WILL THE GRANTS BE AWARDED?
Teachers will be notified and the funds will be available January following the due date.
WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE GRANT RECIPIENTS?
* Provide documentation (receipts) for use of grant funds. (Be sure to meet your district's purchasing deadline, if relevant).
* Participate in the September Social
* Complete the Final Project Report by the 2nd Friday of September (with photo release forms for any students in photographs)
* Implement the grant by the end of the school year.
* Provide at least two dates that will work for you to receive a classroom visit from a Schools Plus
representative to observe the grant in action! :) We look forward to seeing you.
Grants are awarded to an individual teacher or group of teachers at a school but are accepted by the district's Board of Trustees. As such, they become the property of that district. If an individual teacher moves, he/she may take the materials funded by the grant to another class or school as long as he/she remains in that district. If a teacher moves out of the district or county, materials must be left in that district. For a collaborative grant, materials must remain the property of the school where the grant was originally funded.
Recipients and their principals are required to publicize the grant to the school community and provide an in-person or other presentation at the September Social.
For additional information, please e-mail your question(s) to or call the SCHOOLS PLUS office at (831) 475-1889. Visit the website at
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