The deadline for teachers to apply for a Classroom Connections Grant from SRP is fast approaching. Please pass this information along to the teachers in your life and encourage them to apply by Feb. 28.
Each year, SRP provides more than $200,000 in direct funding to teachers. We hope to help them bring innovative projects into their classrooms through the Classroom Connections grants program.
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In total, SRP contributes more than $1.3 million to education initiatives. According to Kevin Rolfe, Senior Community Outreach Representative, this includes Touchdowns for Teachers, teacher grants and funding through partnerships throughout the state.
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Classroom grants have been used in a variety of ways, from the everyday necessities to out-of-this-world projects.
For example, Bogle Junior High School in Chandler used its $5,000 grant to provide students with a Google Expeditions Virtual Reality (VR) kit. Students can virtually visit real-life locations such as the International Space Station and ancient Rome. Ultimately, they complete projects with this technology.
See a list of winners from last year and what they won grants for!
Liberty High School in Peoria used its $5,000 grant to purchase a computer, 3D printer, STEM kits, and programming and robotics kits. To take it a step further, they are using some of the supplies from the grant to start “STEM Nights”. They hope to get more students interested in STEM-related topics.
Of course, we can’t forget when students from Pinnacle High School use their grant to conduct a near-space physics experiment. They used a small military-grade helium weather balloon (5 feet in diameter) to launch a Styrofoam craft 70,000 feet into the air and return it safely to the ground.
Applying for an SRP Classroom Connections grant
Curious about how you or a teacher you know can apply for a grant and what the rules are?
Classroom Connections Grant applications must be:
- For public and nonprofit private schools in metropolitan Phoenix, Pinal County, Gila County, Yavapai County, Page and St. Johns chapters.
- Completed by certified teachers.
- For STEM-related projects (up to $5,000 awarded) or social science projects (up to $2,500 awarded).
- Used for hands-on materials.
Tips for winning a grant:
- Review our grant writing tips.
- Familiarize yourself with the judging criteria.
- The more kids impacted by using the materials, the better.
- The longer the materials will be used, the more likely you are to be chosen.
To sum it up, teachers can visit srpnet.com/grants for more information about offered grants and how to apply.
“At SRP, we know that tomorrow’s workforce begins in today’s classrooms,” Rolfe said. “That’s why we provide funding each year. We’re proud to support Arizona teachers and we’re making sure that teachers have the tools they need to engage, inspire and prepare students for cutting-edge careers.”