The Huntington Foundation for Excellence in Education is accepting applications from Huntington School District teachers for its 2017/18 grant programs. Thousands of dollars are available to fund innovative classroom initiatives.
Teachers and administrators state that grants awarded over the past two decades have made a real difference in the lives of students. The Huntington Foundation has donated more than $1 million to the district through its mini-grant and Star grant programs since its founding.
“The Huntington Foundation has provided an incredible level of financial support for many years,” Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “These grant opportunities offer educational opportunities for staff and ultimately for students, that would not be feasible otherwise. Teachers, administrators and other certificated staff members are encouraged to put on their creative hats and consider what HFEE can do for them. The organization takes great pride in what they contribute and we, as a district, are especially grateful for those contributions.”
The purpose of the mini-grant program “is to provide money for special projects costing up to $1,000 for innovative classroom activities that are beyond the core curriculum, such as new computer software, educational additions for a classroom and various workshops,” according to the application form. Mini-grant applications must be submitted by November 30.
Star grants usually exceed $1,000 and have reached as high as $20,000-plus. They are awarded for projects that “fuel grade-wide, department-wide and school-wide initiatives that have a broad impact on students,” according to the application.
Recent Star grants have included stereoscopes for 3D investigations in high school science classes, an outdoor classroom at Jefferson Primary School, AP Captstone class related technology, a new System 44 reading center at Woodhull Intermediate School and sound equipment for performing arts and other events at J. Taylor Finley Middle School. The Star grant application deadline is February 28, 2018.
Teachers have been asked to answer a set of application questions, including how the grant will enhance the instructional program in their classroom, how it will support the standards within the curriculum, what will students be able to accomplish as a result of the grant that will expand and enhance their learning and, for Star grants, and any other other funding sources have been investigated to support the project.
“The Huntington Foundation board may request for a STAR grant submitter to appear before it and give a brief presentation and answer any associated questions,” said Susan Lyons, who serves as the organization’s vice president of grants and grant admistration. “We started this practice two years ago and it was a great success giving both presenter and HFEE board members a much better understanding and insight into each particular program or idea. All presentations will be brief (10–15 minutes maximum) with a simple question and answer follow up.”
The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. It will hold its 25th annual Reach for the Stars fundraising gala on Thursday, March 15 at OHEKA castle. The evening will honor Woodhull Intermediate School Assistant Principal Jarrett Stein and Main Street Nursey owners Bob and Rich McKean.
For more information about the two grant programs contact Ms. Lyons at [email protected] or (631) 673-5344.