Education Mini-Grants

Helping local teachers make a difference.

Education mini-grants support innovative classroom projects that assist in reaching Goal 2025 through the five priority areas of Kindergarten Readiness, STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Art, Math), Literacy, Remediation, and Creating a Positive College and Career Culture. All education grants are required to align with one of the education priorities.

Mini-grants are available to Newaygo County educators teaching grades preschool (ages 3-5 years) through 12th-grade and include private/public schools and state licensed early childhood learning centers.


February 17, 2017       Education mini-grant applications open
April 15, 2017*             Mini-grant applications due to the Community Foundation
May                                   Applications reviewed and scored by committee (awards notified via email)
June – July                    Mini-grant contracts and awards are processed
August                             Awards access through the school district (availability date sent via email)
May 1, 2018*                  2017-18 mini-grant evaluations and financial reports due
*Check with your school district for internal deadlines.

Mini-grant criteria*

  • One application per classroom teacher
  • Apply for only one project
  • Up to $750 per classroom is available – requests that exceed this amount will not be considered
    *All education grants are required to align with one of the education priorities: Kindergarten Readiness, STEAM, Literacy, Remediation, or Creating a Positive College and Career Culture.

Elements of successful innovative classroom projects include:

  1. Real world skill application
  2. Student-centered experiences
  3. Sustained outcomes
  4. Include all stakeholders (i.e. community members, parents, area businesses)

Tips for success

  • Partner with another grade-level or area business
  • Use spell check
  • Ask for the amount you NEED not the maximum available
  • Avoid acronyms
  • Run the project during the 2017-18 traditional school year
  • Use simple and clear project name/title
  • Ask for support for the one project (i.e. not a year’s worth of supplies)
  • Remain anonymous – do not refer to your school, city, mascot, etc.
  • Align with one of the education priorities (Kindergarten Readiness, STEAM, Literacy, Remediation, or Creating a Positive College and Career Culture)
  • Provide a detailed budget (i.e. number of items and cost per item)

Multiple classrooms

  • If teaching more than one class – submit ONE application for ONE project. It is up to the discretion of the teacher to apply the project across multiple classrooms.
  • If teaching multiple age/grade levels – submit ONE application for ONE project. It is up to the discretion of the teacher as to which class to implement the program.

Mini-Grants do not support

  • Computer hardware (e.g. computers, iPads, projectors, Kindles, whiteboards, etc.)
  • Building improvements or furniture (e.g. desks, bookshelves, carpet, etc.)
  • Office supplies
  • Staff/volunteer stipends
  • Teacher professional development (e.g. conferences, hotel fees, mileage, etc.)
  • Gift or gas cards
  • Grants will not supplant or replace programs already supported by school district funds
  • Student trips*
    *Support for student trips is available through the community grant rounds (Feb/Sept). Requests must follow the student trip policy and be submitted using the student trip application available on the website.

How to submit

  • Submit electronic versions of the application to the school business office
  • Each business office is responsible for emailing applications as a group to the Community Foundation by April 15, 2017
  • Private preschool/daycare centers can service multiple districts. Submit these applications to Brenda Burt at NC RESA at
  • Daycare centers must provide a copy of Michigan State Child Care Center License with application

Your application is INELIGIBLE if…

  • You do not select an education priority area to address: Kindergarten Readiness, Literacy, STEAM, Remediation, or Creating a Positive College and Career Culture
  • You do not remain anonymous in the body of the grant
  • Your school superintendent did not approve the request or you did not submit it through your school business office
  • You submit more than one application
  • Your application is incomplete
  • You ask for more than $750
  • You were awarded a grant last school year but did not complete a grant evaluation


Mini-grant applications will be scored by a selection committee comprised of retired Newaygo County school teachers. The committee scores each application using a scoring matrix. Grants with the highest scores will be given the highest priority for funding. A copy of the scoring matrix is on the website.

Use of funds

  • Items bought with grant funds become property of the school
  • Funds may be used only for the project identified and during the school year awarded
  • Grant balances of more than $25 must be returned to the Community Foundation at the end of the school year

Complete your evaluation

Please submit all 2016-17 mini-grant evaluations to your school business office*. The budget balance will be verified by your school business office and evaluations submitted to the Community Foundation on your behalf. Check with your district office for school district deadlines. Evaluations for the 2016-2017 school year are due May 1, 2017. Future grant awards are contingent upon completion of the mini-grant evaluation. Complete your evaluation here.
*Private daycare centers should submit evaluations to Brenda Burt at the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency.