Mini-Grants are modest cash awards that help educators make a positive difference in the learning experience of their students. More importantly, Mini-Grants support, encourage, and facilitate great teaching ideas. Since 2002, the Woodland Hills Foundation has funded 200 Mini-Grants totaling over $115,000.
The focus of the Mini-Grants is to encourage innovative teaching ideas. As such, the focus of these grants should not be to purchase equipment (e.g. iPads), but rather the idea aimed at improving the learning environment for the student. The Foundation understands that grant requests may include equipment or software, but these requests will only be considered within the context of the original, innovative teaching idea.
Who can apply for a Mini-Grant?
Any member of Woodland Hills School District’s instructional or professional staff, e.g. teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, is eligible to apply for a Mini-Grant.
How to Apply for a Mini-Grant
The application process is short and straightforward. Complete the application below and submit via email.
For any questions or concerns please contact:
Clear articulation of a good original teaching idea, along with its expected impact, are the basis of a successful application. Pre-approval by applicant’s principal is required for all proposed projects. With the pandemic in mind, we have pushed back the application deadline to November 30. Winners will be announced by December 11, 2020.
2020 Mini-Grant Application
Mini Grant applications are currently closed. Check back in the fall of 2021 to apply!
Frequently Asked Questions
How are grants selected and approved for funding?
The Woodland Hills Foundation puts together a Selection Committee comprised of community representatives and WHF board members. Awards are based on those grants judged as having the best overall quality, innovation of the idea, and the projected impact of the grant as presented in the proposal. The number of grants made is also influenced by the funds the WHF raises for the Mini-Grant Program. Decisions are made and announced before the Thanksgiving break.
What happens after a Mini-Grant is awarded?
The awardee signs a Mini-Grant Agreement form, and then WHF issues a grant check directly to him or her. Awardees must complete their projects by the end of the current school year and then submit an Expense Report (including receipts for all expenditures) and a simple Project Report (typically with a few photos and/or samples of student work). Any undocumented funds or any unspent balance of the grant must be returned to the WHF to be used towards future Mini-Grants.
Who can answer questions about Mini-Grants?
Kathleen may be contacted at email@example.com or Mary may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org; and both would be happy to answer any questions about Mini-Grants and the application process.
Tips for Completing a Successful Mini-Grant Application:
Succinctly describe the overall intent of your mini-grant project in a sentence or two. Then elaborate to add to reviewers’ understanding and appreciation of the project.
Articulate how the project is innovative, creative and/or multi-disciplinary. How will the project enhance or add a new dimension to the required curriculum?
Think of ways the project might involve your students with other students in the school or district, family or community members. Will there be a presentation, a celebration or a performance at the conclusion of the project? Will students prepare an exhibit, an audio or video tape or other lasting documentation to share the project?
Discuss your ideas with your principal early in the planning process. Pre-approval by a building’s principal is required for all proposed projects. The principal will be contacted by the foundation upon the receipt of your proposal.
Consider a joint proposal with a colleague. What different skills or expertise might he or she bring to enhance the effort and broaden the impact?
Describe how you will measure the success and impact of the project.
Plan a realistic schedule. Projects must be complete by the end of the current school year. Remember that a brief final project report and expense report will be expected.
Prepare a realistic budget. Document proposed costs.
Prepare your online application using the link above. Save completed application and email it to email@example.com. If needed, you may mail the application to WHF, PO Box 321, Turtle Creek, PA 15145.
Meet the deadline which is October 30th. Online submissions must be time stamped on or before the deadline date.
Don’t simply repeat past successes. Try new ideas or take build upon past successes to move the concept to a new level.
Don’t apply with a project that is already in progress. Mini-Grants are not retroactive.
Don’t propose standard field trips as projects. Innovative excursions with modest transportation costs can be included as an essential part of the project.
Don’t include costs for purchasing “souvenirs” (t-shirts or hats)
Don’t include costs for materials that should be provided by the school district (text books, calculators or standard supplies).
Don’t hesitate to contact Kathleen Good at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have about the application process.