The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation (EWVCF) offers Mini-Grants to Teachers in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties. These Mini-Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to teachers who need financial assistance with special projects, materials, or classroom resources. Our Partners in Philanthropy, joined by individual donors committed to enhancing the quality of life in the Eastern Panhandle, have pledged more than $30,000 in total.
More and more, teachers are faced with the challenge of keeping children interested and engaged with few resources beyond the basics. In its first couple years, the Mini-Grants to Teachers program awarded grants to fund classroom book sets, a giant abacus, Speed Stackers, Rekenreks, an Autism Cafe, K’NEX building sets, sheet music, Lego Mindstorm kits, pedometers, Apple TVs, pBone instruments, a projector, wood chisels, an alto flute, eBooks, a couple of robots, art supplies, a river tank system, digital cameras, calculators, graphic tablets, and much more. This year, Mini-Grants will be awarded to teachers who have a burning desire to improve the classroom experience for their students, and the ability to inspire the members of our grants committee to support your efforts. The process is simple-fill out a simple one-page application and teachers can share their ideas with the committee. The objective is to encourage and support teachers who have great ideas that will enhance the learning experience for students. Mini-Grants can be used to purchase supplies and materials for special projects; provide resources for the classroom; and support projects and programs that are not covered by school budgets or other means. All grant recipients are expected to report on the expenditure of grant funds and results of the supported project by the end of the school year (June 2018).
All Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan County public school PreK-12 teachers are invited to apply. Public schools are defined as being supported by public funds and are part of the free public education system. Any school that charges tuition to students is not eligible.