SOUTHINGTON – Despite challenges with the coronavirus, The Southington Education Foundation is making $500 mini-grants available for local educators.
The Southington Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides educational grants and program funding to educators in the Southington Public schools.
"The grants and programs allow educators to improve the quality of public education above and beyond the conventional curriculum," said Jerry Belanger of the Southington Education Foundation. "They allow educators to identify and address needs, challenges and concerns unique to their students."
Belanger said that covid-19 has made 2020 a "challenging year for all of us."
"Though we've had to curtail fundraising, we're happy to announce we still have grant funding available," he said. "And we want to make applying for those funds as easy as possible. The application process has been simplified this year."
Belanger said that the Southington Education Foundation has received input from Superintendent of Schools Tim Connellan on which areas are most in need. Thus, this year, funds will be awarded primarily to programs and initiatives that support digital needs and diversifying classroom libraries. However, applications for funding of other projects up to $500 will still be accepted. The grants will be offered on a monthly basis until funds are expended.
The application deadline is due Oct. 12 for the first cycle of grants and applicants will be notified by Nov. 11. Applications for the second cycle of grants are due by Nov. 17 and applicants will be notified by Dec. 16.
The Southington Education Foundation remains committed to its support of local education.
Earlier this year, despite having to cancel their "Spring for Education" gala, the Southington Education Foundation's largest fundraiser of the year, due to covid-19, the Southington Education Foundation was able to award scholarships to three deserving Southington High School seniors. Jack Dunham, Emma Angelillo and Joshua Maccione each received $1,000 from the Foundation in July.
Since 2009, the Southington Education Foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships and grants to benefits students from preschool to senior year of high school. Some recent grants awarded helped to fund middle school robotics programs, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) lab grants, math nights and the Science at Sloper program for local fourth graders.
The Southington Education Foundation wishes teachers and students the best during this school year.
For more information, visit southingtoneducationfoundation.org/grants.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.