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Opportunity-for-Change Grants

During the 2017-2018 school year, the Foundation will award up to $7,000 in opportunity grants ranging in amount from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $500 each. The purpose of this type of grant is to provide funds for educational opportunities that teachers discover after budgets have been approved and the money spent. Proposals should be aimed at classroom/student improvement and/or instructional enhancement. Funds may not be used for salary or work-time compensation. The grant may not be used for items that do not have a direct benefit to students. Funding ideas include technology upgrades, art supplies, classroom cameras, field trips, outside speakers, specialized reading materials, student rewards, visual aids, etc. The Opportunity for Change Grants are for CERTIFIED TEACHERS currently employed in the PBL Unit #10 School District. Each teacher is eligible for ONE funded  opportunity grant per year.

Timeline:

Applications can be made at any time during the school year with online submissions going directly to the PBL Education Foundation and hard copies given to your building principal. The Grant committee will review the applications as they come in. Grants will continue to be awarded  throughout the school year until the budgeted amount has been exhausted. Each certified teacher may request one Opportunity for Change grant per year. Grant requests may be for a minimum of $100 per grant and a maximum of $500 per grant. Projects funded by Opportunity for Change Grants must be completed by May of the current school year. The Foundation may ask for an evaluation of your project.

Selection Criteria:

The proposal must coincide with the school district’s priorities, as identified by the superintendent, building principals, or school improvement team(s). Priorities:

  • ¬∑Student achievement, language arts, math, social science, science, fine arts, health/P.E.
  • Technology
  • Professional development
  • Community partnership
  • Innovative/creative projects
  • Interdisciplinary approach/number of students impacted by the grant

Requirements:

All materials, equipment, and purchased services awarded by the PBL Education Foundation shall be considered property of the PBL Community Unit #10 School District. Applicants whose grant projects are selected will prepare a written evaluation upon completion of the project. All funded grant projects will be publicized.

Grant Application:

Our Mission is to acquire and distribute resources for enhancing or supplementing the educational programs for all learners in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Community Unit #10 School District located in Paxton, Illinois