TEACHER MINI-GRANT PROGRAM – Encouraging Educational Excellence
The Siouxland Community Foundation strongly believes that our children are the future and that quality education is of paramount importance to their success. To that end, the Foundation led fundraising efforts to establish a fund known as the Excellence in Education Endowment Fund. Mini-grants are awarded from income generated by the Fund to provide financial resources to teachers typically not available through traditional school or district sources.
Recognizing that teachers are pivotal in our children’s education, mini-grants for innovative classroom projects benefit students directly by providing enhanced educational opportunities.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the program is to assist teachers by providing grants for innovative classroom projects that improve student learning and make a positive, long-term impact in the classroom.
ELIGIBILITY: All K-5 teachers and instructional staff from public, private and parochial schools within the school districts serving Sioux City, Iowa; South Sioux City, Nebraska; and North Sioux City, South Dakota are eligible to apply.
Teachers may apply individually or as part of a team of teachers within one school. Collaborative applications are encouraged and will be given greater consideration. All applications must be approved by the school’s principal, with a signature on the application form.
EVALUATION CRITERIA: Priority consideration will be given to proposals that:
Grant applications submitted for the following will not be considered:
Grants up to $500 will be awarded to individual teachers, or team of teachers and up to $1,000 for a project that will benefit a school’s entire student body. Grants will provide resources to teachers that are not available through traditional school or district sources.
Only one grant will be awarded per teacher per year.
Grants can include funding for equipment, materials and activities. All equipment and materials purchased with grant funds shall become the property of the school district.
Grant recipients are required to sign a Grant Recipient Agreement and provide the Foundation with a final report detailing expenditures and grant achievements.