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Academic Enrichment Grants

Grants to USA Educators for Educational
Enrichment for Low-Income Students

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McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

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Grants of up to $10,000 per year to USA individual educators for programs to foster academic and creative thinking and learning among pre-K-12 students from low-income families. Funding is intended to support programs within the school curriculum as well as extracurricular activities in schools, community centers, museums, and other environments that promote student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them.

Grants are intended to fund:
- Unique projects that will supplement a teacher's regular classroom curriculum or after-school activity.
- Student-inspired enrichment activities or initiatives that will strengthen students' academic experiences.
- Programs for which a teacher has already obtained facilities, expertise, and community endorsement, but lack the necessary resources for materials, time, and transportation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179739

Estimated Size of Grant:

The annual requested budget for each year must not exceed $10,000 for a maximum budget of $30,000 over three years.

Term of Contract:

Applicant may request funding for a one-, two-, or three-year grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Awards are made to individuals. While the project may have many participants involved in its planning and implementation, only one person can be the award recipient.

Applications are considered from educators who:
- Are employed by schools or non-profit organizations (e.g. community centers, museums, etc.)
- Have the background and experience to complete the project successfully
- Have direct and regular contact with students in grades pre-k to 12
- Work with students from low-income households
- Are willing to work in collaboration with the Foundation

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:
- Submissions accepted online January 15 – April 15. The application system closes when 350 applications have been submitted.
- McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation’s Board of Trustees meet to review applications and determine funding in June of each year.
- Notifications of application status are sent on July 15 of each year. These notifications will be automatically sent to the email address used on the application.
- Grant proceeds are disbursed on August 15 of each year. The funds are mailed USPS to the address listed on the application.

Your application must include 3 recommendations. Letters must be uploaded before April 15 so that you still have time to submit your application before the deadline. At least three letter files must be attached in order to submit your application.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application Portal:

For information, contact: Gail E. Gudell, Controller
Phone: 417.827.6952

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation
610 East South Temple Street - Suite 110
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Phone: 801.578.1260
Fax: 801.578.1261

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