GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Mini-Grants for Teachers
Deadline: June 15
Plainview and surrounding area schools are eligible for a program offered by the Community Foundation of West Texas specifically for K-12 schools in the South Plains area. The intent of this program is to provide small grants to elementary and secondary school teachers to enable them to try out creative teaching techniques and buy enriching teaching materials which are not supported by school budgets. Teachers in Plainview and the surrounding area are encouraged to apply!
Since the program's inception in 1998, mini-grants totaling upwards of $560,518 have provided over 705 teachers and thousands of students an enriching classroom experience.
35 teachers in Lubbock and the surrounding South Plains school districts received mini-grants for the 2022-2023 school year. This program is funded exclusively through local private donations and granted out more than $34,707 in mini-grants to teachers in 2022.
Click on the following links to obtain an application form and sample materials that are intended to assist you in submitting your proposal:
Every day teachers are faced with keeping children interested and challenged with few resources beyond basic curriculum. Limited school budgets often cannot support the creative ideas and enriching material teachers want to bring to their classrooms to meet student needs. We recognize that students come from diverse backgrounds, have different learning styles, and can benefit from creative learning opportunities and a deeper grounding in course material. The Mini-Grants for Teachers program brings together the resources of regional funders who have an interest in K-12 education. By working together, we are impacting the ability of educators to create meaningful learning experiences for children throughout the South Plains area.
All South Plains region kindergarten through grade 12 teachers from public schools and non-public schools recognized by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) and the Commissioner of Education will be eligible to apply. Only one grant will be awarded per individual per year.
The typical grant award is in the $500 – $1,500 range. Depending on the project, the maximum may exceed $1,500.
Application Deadline: June 15
Grants Announced: August
Grants Payable to Schools: August
Project Evaluation and Reports Due: May of following year
A committee consisting of educators, community volunteers and Community Foundation of West Texas Board and staff reviews applications. The committee members do not know the identity of the teacher and school. Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
Impact: Potential to improve student achievement; potential for continuation and/or replication; potential to enhance instructional skills
Innovation: Innovative approach making learning memorable; enhance academic objective within curriculum context
Planning: Clear plan for project implementation; teacher capability; cost effectiveness and realistic budget;
Existing Resources: Grant funding will not supplant existing funding – project cannot be achieved with existing school budget
Mini-grant applications will not be considered for:
Renovation of facilities;
Religious activities or teachings;
Equipment that is not an integral part of the project;
Trips out of this region; or
Tuition for special classes
Grantees must provide a written report to the Community Foundation of West Texas at the conclusion of their project. This report must include a financial statement and narrative describing the project and how it benefited students and the teacher. Unused funds must be returned to the Foundation at the end of the school year for which the grant was awarded. Click here if you need more information about the Community Foundation of West Texas and/or the Mini-Grants for Teachers program.
Plainview Area Endowment Grants
Who Do We Fund?
Grantmaking policy and grant award recommendations are made by the Plainview Area Endowment Advisory Board. The Endowment restricts its support to organizations serving the Plainview area which are 501(c)(3) or the government equivalent. Grants may be made for start-up funding, general operating support, program support and demonstration programs. The Endowment does not make grants to individuals, for political purposes, to retire indebtedness or for payment of interest or taxes.
All grant recipients must report on the expenditure of grant funds and results of the supported project within one year of the award. Grant amounts may vary depending on the type of fund from which resources are provided, but can not exceed $5,000.
Grant applications are accepted from June 1 through July 31.
NOTICE: to apply you must register as a new applicant (located under the email box)
for access to the scholarship applications.
If you have already started an application, click here.
After we receive your complete proposal, copies will be provided to the Advisory Board who will review and provide comments. Additional information or a site visit may be requested. The Grants Committee will make recommendations to the Advisory Board. All applicants are required to make a presentation.
You will be notified of the Board’s decision as soon as possible after the Board meeting at which your application is considered.
How to Apply for a Grant
Deadline: July 31
We’ve moved to a new online application system! To apply, please click the button below. You will be redirected to our online grants system website.
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If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact Denise Oviedo at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (806) 762-8061.
Donors interested in supporting the educational needs of area students, can turn to the Community Foundation of West Texas for the management of scholarship funds. Scholarship awards will be determined by the criteria developed for each fund based on the wishes of the donor. For more information, please contact Denise Oviedo at email@example.com or by calling (806) 762-8061.