TEACHER MINI-GRANT CRITERIA
The funds awarded by the Foundation will be targeted at projects that will:
Relate directly to student learning and growth
Strengthen the curriculum through the development of innovative programs
Enhance the educational resources available to students
While the Foundation welcomes innovative ideas from all disciplines, we would like 50% of the awarded grants to align with specific subject matter interests as follows:
Social & Emotional Learning: e.g., mindfulness, emotional intelligence, impact of arts with social learning, community improvement, dealing with divisiveness
Creativity and the Arts: e.g., encouraging innovation, learning from outside experts
Interdisciplinary Learning: e.g., connecting common themes/concepts across subject matters
Science/Technology: e.g., increasing hands-on experiences, interaction with outside professionals, furthering programmatic logic and exploring robotics engineering and artificial intelligence
Math: e.g., using innovative reinforcement tools, promoting real-world contextualization
In addition to mapping out the pilot program recommendation, applicants will be asked:
How success will be measured
How scalable is it to expand to other classrooms — i.e., the feasibility and practicalities of expanding beyond the pilot phase
Special Grants, Specific Criteria
MEF has grants that were provided by donors who have designated specific criteria:
Dr. Matt Paterna Health Healthcare Education &Leadership Mini-Grant. This grant will fund a project related to encouraging students to focus on healthy living and developing leadership skills.
Nash Family Government, Leadership & Civic Engagement Mini-Grant. This grant will fund a project that promotes leadership and encourages civic engagement.
The Foundation may request that all grant awardees attend a breakfast in their honor at the end of the academic year, where they will present information about their completed mini-grant to other educators, Foundation sponsors and supporters, and members of the community.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
Augie Harrigan (203) 676-6890
Emmeline Harrigan (203) 691-0888