East Baton Rouge Parish School System
2018 starts the first year of the Unum Strong Schools grant program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ten grants will be awarded for $1,000 each for creative, innovative projects and lessons in East Baton Rouge parish schools for grades K-5.
Grants will be awarded based on whether the project:
- Is based in educational research on best practice
- Challenges students to think creatively
- Directly improves student achievement
- Explicitly develops students critical thinking skills
- Outlines measureable results that can be modeled as best practice
- Incorporates volunteer opportunities for community partner
- Can be adapted for use by other teachers
Applications are judged on innovation, creativity and the potential to positively influence students. Individual teachers or groups of two or more may apply for a single $1000 grant.
Application and deadline
Grant applications will open on May 20 and run through July 15, at midnight, Central Time.
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 and invited to an awards ceremony.
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 be 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 Strong Schools grant program for East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, please contact Meghann Morin, email@example.com via email.