Marion Community Foundation is offering its Teaching, Educating And Classroom Help (TEACH) Grants program for Marion and Morrow County classroom teachers. The applications are available online now through March 3, 2023.
Following three successful years, the TEACH Grants program will again offer awards to local teachers to make area classrooms interesting, stimulating, and impactful for students. The purpose of the TEACH Grants is to provide funding to teachers, or small teams of classroom teachers, to foster and develop programs, projects, events, or lessons for kindergarten through 12th grade.
On the Foundation’s website – www.MarionCommunityFoundation.org – teachers can find the application under the “Grants” tab, on the “Apply for a Grant” page. Any public or private school teacher who instructs children kindergarten through high school in Marion or Morrow County is eligible to apply. Grants are intended to fund innovative or creative programs, projects, events, or lessons in the classroom not supported by regular school budgets.
“Classroom teachers have great ideas and creative solutions to meet their students’ needs,” said Dean Jacob, President and CEO of Marion Community Foundation. “The TEACH Grant program can help teachers launch innovative and motivational ideas that may go unfunded because of a school’s tight budget.”
Since 2020, the program has awarded grants for programs as diverse as the purchase of multicultural literature to online learning equipment to a drum set. TEACH Grants are made possible by funding from the Pillar Credit Union Teachers Fund, Pillar Credit Union Morrow County Teachers Fund, River Valley Teachers Fund, and Ray & Charlotte Baldauf Fund.
“The Board of Pillar Credit Union was instrumental in starting the TEACH Grants Program by providing the financial support,” said Jacob. “Other donors created additional funds, such as the River Valley Teachers Fund, to support specific schools. This is our way to affirm the value of our local educators and their creative ideas.”
According to Jacob, the TEACH Grants program typical makes awards of up to 2,500. The decisions on how much and to whom to award grants will be made by a special committee of Marion Community Foundation and its Board of Directors.
Applications for the 2023 TEACH Grants program are available on Marion Community Foundation’s website at www.marioncommunityfoundation.org and are due by March 3 at Noon. Selection committees will review the applications in April and announce recipients in May. Updates will be available on the Foundation’s social media channels—Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Additional information is available by contacting Julie Prettyman, Marion Community Foundation’s Director of Programs, at 740-387-9704 or email@example.com. Marion Community Foundation is located at 504 S. State Street. Its offices are open weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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