The teacher grant program began in 1995 with a modest grant of $500. The following year three teacher grants were given for $1,700 and the program has grown to fund $20,000 annually. Many grants, such as Washington High School’s “Girlfriends” mentoring grant have expanded to additional schools due to the success experienced by the students.

The Legacy of Learning Circle endowment is well on the way toward our strategic plan goal of funding $500,000 in 2015. To-date, we have raised $248,000 towards the goal to fund a legacy that will fund innovative teacher grants forever. The Teacher Grant Endowment funds are held with the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. Donations, family requests, bequests and payroll deductions are all methods of participating in this important goal.

The Education Foundation’s annual programming grants have provided $321,300 to-date for 278 teacher grants since 1995 that have impacted 24,000 students. The Foundation funds $22,000 annually, for innovative classroom and professional development grants, through the competitive Teacher and Principal Grant Program process.

There are several “named” grants and a general grant created within the Teacher Grant Endowment held at CFSJC. The current practice is to fund the $20,000 from operational funds and award the grants at the annual Great Friends of Schools Luncheon in April. The goal is to allow the balance to grow until the Teacher Grants Endowment produces a $20,000 annual disbursement.

You may wish to establish a new fund or use the current funds listed below to pledge to the Teacher Grant Endowment.