A Project Grant for Local Schools
United Way is excited to announce that our youth engagement initiative, Make Your Mark on Poverty, was a huge success and will be taking place again in 2018-2019!
Coming this September, all local K-12 schools will be invited to apply for up to $1,000 in grant funding for projects that promote poverty awareness in the 2018-2019 school year.
Last year 20 local schools and approximately 500 students participated, with projects ranging from a street store for used clothing, to a community meal program, and to a colouring book to promote literacy. Make Your Mark on Poverty provides an ideal chance for schools to access funding and:
- Teach students about the challenges local individuals and families face when living in poverty;
- Inspire creativity, collaboration and strong sense of purpose;
- Profile the work of students, a class and/or school;
- Educate and encourage community members of all ages to show support for the fight against poverty in our region.
Applications will open to schools on September 4, 2018 and will be due October 5, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by November 1, 2018, with grant cheques mailed by the end of November. The expectation is that projects will be carried out between November 2018 and March 2019. The awards ceremony to celebrate student accomplishments will be held on April 16, 2019.
How to Apply
- Review the project grant criteria below.
- Learn more about the initiative and get project ideas below.
- Fill out the online application form (available September 4, 2018).
- Submit your completed form through email by October 5, 2018. Please use the subject line "Make Your Mark on Poverty grant application". Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Grant Criteria
Project grant applications must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for consideration.
- Submissions will be accepted from K-12 schools located within the Alberta Capital Region.
- Projects must have an official endorsement from the school principal and a staff member in place to guide the process (ie. Teacher, vice principal, school support representative.)
- Submissions can be from a school class, a group of students within a school, an entire school or a group of schools working in partnership.
- Submissions must focus on projects that educate and create support to fight poverty in our community.
- Be as creative as you like – project scope and approach is left to students and the project lead (i.e. artwork, event, social media,music, clothing… the only limit is your imagination.)
- Funding will be provided for projects up to a maximum of$1,000. A budget breakdown for the project must be included as part of the submission.
- The school or group must be willing to publicly share information on the project, progress and results. Please indicate clearly in the application how you will promote and recognize United Way for its funding of the project.
- Judging of submissions will be based on: creativity,understanding of poverty in the region, alignment with the focus of United Way, and the potential impact for awareness.
- All submissions must be received by October 5, 2018. Schools will be eligible for an additional $100 for transportation to/from the awards ceremony in April 2019.
For any enquiries on this project grant opportunity, please contact Annette Malin, Community Investment Specialist at 780.443.8333 or by email at email@example.com