Hamilton County Schools Partnership
Unum is committed to building a foundation for our children's future by supporting educational systems and the families they serve. In 2008, as part of our commitment to education, we began a partnership with Hamilton County schools to fund specific school programs and identify volunteer opportunities in the classroom for our employees. An important part of this relationship is the Unum Strong Schools grant program.
Mini-grants will be awarded for up to $1,000 for classroom or school based projects and lessons in the Hamilton County school system, grades K-12.
Grants will be awarded based on whether the project:
- Improves student achievement
- Develops student leadership skills
- Develops student critical thinking skills
- Provides real-world applications or experiences
- Outlines measurable results that can be modeled as best practice
- Can be adapted for use by other teachers
Teachers may apply for the mini-grants to benefit students and classroom instruction, and request up to $1,000 to fund innovative educational projects. Teachers may only apply for one grant per year. Several teachers or a grade level may submit a single application.
All proposed projects must enhance the classroom curriculum or support some specific educational initiative within the school. Preference will be given to projects that integrate career preparation with academic content. Grant recipients will be asked to complete a brief program summary at the end of the project.
Application and deadline
Grant applications will open on August 1 and run through September 30, 2016 at midnight.
Submitted applications must be received no later than September 30, 2016.
Awarding of grants
A committee representing volunteers from a cross-section of the community will review the applications anonymously without regard to applicant name or school. Recipients will be notified of the awards by November 18, 2016 and invited to an awards luncheon on January 3, 2017.
Funding obtained through this grant may be used to purchase equipment or to provide field trip transportation when incorporated into a lesson plan and not a stand-alone event. Equipment and trips should be just one component of a well-planned unit of instruction. The following will not eligible for the mini-grant program:
- Capital improvements
- Classroom furniture
- Playground equipment
All proposed projects must enhance the classroom curriculum and support some specific educational initiatives within the school. Grant recipients will be asked to complete a brief program summary at the end of the project. Teachers may only apply for one grant per year.
For questions regarding the Unum Strong Schools grant program for Hamilton County Public Schools, please contact Jeana Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org via email.