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, engineering, 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 16, 2018     Education mini-grant applications open
April 16, 2018*           Mini-grant applications due to the Community Foundation
May                                  Applications reviewed and scored by committee
June                                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, 2019*               2018-19 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 – requests that exceed this amount will not be considered

 Elements of successful innovative classroom projects include (this is the criteria your application will be scored on)

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

Complete your evaluation

Please submit all 2017-18 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 2017-2018 school year are due May 1, 2018. 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