The Littler Youth Fund Teacher Mini-Grant Program at the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County was established to provide grants to aid in the development of effective teaching strategies and projects by Weld County teachers. Grants will be awarded to teachers who encourage and support experiential learning, enhance student understanding and increase student achievement.
Proposed projects must be submitted by an eligible educator* and may involve museum or field trips, environmental or science projects, artistic or cultural experiences, civics or community service projects, and the creation of a final student product that promotes student learning. These grants are meant as a supplement to general operating funds, not as a substitute. A teacher may only be involved with one application per year.
Grant monies may be used:
• To develop and implement creative and imaginative teaching approaches and techniques;
• To enhance or expand current projects that demonstrate success;
• To underwrite field trips and related expenses that are integral components of a project;
• To hire consultants as necessary resources for a project to be successful.
Grant monies may NOT be used:
• To underwrite purchase of equipment, unless equipment is an essential component for a proposed project and cannot be obtained through the district;
• To cover the costs of items normally included in the school’s general operating budget;
• To cover an educator’s salary outside the regular school calendar (i.e. after school or summer);
• To cover the cost of transportation;
• To purchase computer hardware. (Exceptions may apply)
*Eligible educators include those from elementary, K-8, middle, junior high and senior high schools in Weld County. Parochial and charter schools may submit an application. Non-teaching educational specialists, counselors, library and media personnel are also eligible to apply for these grants. Collaborative projects with other teachers, community groups, non-profit organizations (such as museums, libraries, theater companies, human-service agencies, etc.) and business-education partnerships are encouraged.
** In order to be fair, the Community Foundation instituted a “two-year rule” requiring that a project which receives funding for two successive years must take one year off before reapplying.
Teachers may apply individually for grants of up to $1,000 (minimum $250), or teams of eligible educators may request funding of up to $2,500 ($1,000 maximum per team member up to $2,500 total for a team of four or more educators) for collaborative projects involving multiple grades, buildings or districts. Please note the following requirements:
• Eligible teachers must currently teach full-time in a school in Weld County and serve students between the ages of 5 and 18 (Kindergarten through 12th grade).
• The school principal or administrator must understand and fully support the project, as evidenced by agreeing to the statement of support on the application form and final grant agreement. All checks awarded will be made payable to the school district and delivered directly to the school’s principal or administrator to ensure proper depositing of the funds.
Educators are invited to submit an application for a grant of $250 to $2,500 (up to $2,500 for a collaborative project of four or more educators). This competitive grant program is designed to encourage creativity and experiential learning in the classroom, foster imaginative teaching and enhance instructional methods.
• Project goals and learning objectives are clearly defined and tied to students’ academic needs. The expected impact on student performance is described for all participants.
• If a field trip is involved, well-planned pre- and post-trip activities connected to classroom learning objectives are explained.
• Activities, a timeline, and logistics are clearly described. Grant funds must be expended by May 1, 2018 (if more time is needed, a written request must be submitted).
• The budget categorizes and shows item by item the use of grant funds. If the project costs more than $1,000 (up to $2,500 for collaborative projects of four or more educators) it is clear that other funding is secured to cover the balance. For those working on a joint project with other teachers or classrooms, the collaborative effort is explained.
Application criteria for the grant competition includes evidence that:
• The proposed project has potential to be effective;
• The project objectives are clear and realistic within the proposed time frame for completion;
• The project activities are clearly described, including specifics about methods, needed materials, resource personnel, time frame and completion date;
• The project objectives are tied to student learning outcomes as defined by the class or building goals;
• The budget request is reasonable, sufficiently detailed and logically tied to project described in application;
• Evaluation criteria for the project are valid and clearly defined.
Review Process and Reporting Requirements
A committee comprising of Community Foundation staff and members of the community will review all applications and make recommendations regarding awards. The Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County Board of Directors approves awards. Please contact Lauren Weber, Program Officer by phone at 970-304-9970, or via e-mail at Lauren@cfsgwc.org if additional information is required.
Funds should be expended by May 1, 2018 and final reports will be required for all grants no later than 30 days after the project ends. This final report should consist of a two-page narrative report, including a summary of the students’ accomplishments and an expense report. Enclosing a few photos or samples of student work documenting the project is highly encouraged. Teachers who have been previously funded by a Littler Youth Fund Teacher Mini-Grant and have failed to submit their final report will automatically be disqualified from consideration.
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