Mini-Grants for Teachers

Continuing a vision... a lasting legacy

The Foundation has a grant program for K-12 schools (public and private) in the South Plains area. This program provides small grants to elementary and secondary school teachers to enable them to try out creative teaching techniques and buy enriching teaching materials not provided for in school budgets.

In 2016, 75 teachers in the Lubbock and the surrounding South Plains school districts requested mini-grants, and 42 teachers received the funds requested.  This program is funded exclusively through local private donations, and granted out nearly $30,000 in mini-grants to teachers.


To Apply

Click on the following links for more information and sample materials that are intended to assist you in submitting your proposal:

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Purpose

IMG_1886Every 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: South Plains Foundation, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, W.B. & Mozelle Rushing Fund, and Mrs. Daylia Vaughn.


Eligibility

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.


Grant Amounts

The typical grant award is in the $500 – $1,000 range. Depending on the project, the maximum may exceed $1,000.


Timeline

  • Application Deadline: June 15
  • Grants Announced: August
  • Grants Payable to Schools: August
  • Project Evaluation and Reports Due: May of following year

Mini Grants Criteria

A committee consisting of educators, community volunteers and Community Foundation of West Texas Board and staff reviews 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: Creativity of project; innovative approach; 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

Excluded Projects

Mini-grant applications will not be considered for:

  1. Renovation of facilities;
  2. Religious activities or teachings;
  3. Equipment that is not an integral part of the project;
  4. Non-academic projects;
  5. Trips out of this region; or
  6. Tuition for special classes
  7. Pre-K 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. Click here if you need more information about the Community Foundation of West Texas and/or the Mini-Grants Program.

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