The 2005-06 Kids In Need Teacher Grant applications will become available from the School, Home, & Office Products Association on July 15. The purpose of the grants is to provide funds for classroom teachers who have innovative, meritorious ideas, but lack the budget to bring them to life. Projects may qualify for funding if they make creative use of common teaching aids, approach the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. The applicant must be a K-12 certified teacher teaching in the subject of the proposed project at any public, private, or parochial school in the U.S. The Kids In Need program does not fund the purchase of pre-packaged lesson plans. The grant will, however, fund the purchase of written materials or software to be used in the activities of the project.
This year more than $105,000 is being offered in grants. Grant amounts will be between $100 and $500. This program is designed to be the sole funding agent for winning projects. In exceptional cases, a grant may be awarded in conjunction with funding from another source. If a potential recipient is receiving additional funds for your project, documentation that the funds are secured must be submitted with the application. National sponsors of the program are Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. and Office Depot. Regional sponsors include Fred Meyer, Publix, and Price Less Drug Stores. The deadline to submit applications, which can be completed and submitted online, is Sept. 30, 2005. Applications will be available after July 15 at the sponsors’ locations or at the web site linked here.

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