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Banking on YOUth Grant

Grants to Quincy, Illinois and Palmyra, Missouri Teachers to Enhance
Classroom Curricula in Arts, Humanities, Health, Science, and Technology

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mercantile Bank

Deadline Date:

04/10/18 11:59 PM CDT


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Grants of up to $500 to Illinois and Missouri teachers for innovative and creative teaching methods that will enhance PreK-12 classroom curricula and benefit students in Quincy or Palmyra. One grant will be awarded in each of the following categories: science and technology, arts and humanities, health and fitness, field trip and transportation, books and materials, and special initiatives. Funding is intended for programs which a teacher would not otherwise have the funds to implement.

Grant programs must complement major school district goals and enhance school, departmental, and grade level plans. The grant program is designed to reach a broad range of students. Grant programs should also encourage student participation and broaden their classroom and community involvement and/or may develop alternative and effective methods of learning life skills.

Grants should implement creative ideas by teachers in order to:
- Improve and enhance a classroom’s academic environment.
- Reach a broad range of students and involve them directly and actively.
- Encourage creative and memorable experiences for students.
- Complement major goals of the school district.
- Encourage student participation and broaden their involvement in our community.
- Develop alternative and effective methods of instruction.

Grant applications must:
- Be endorsed by the principal of the applicant’s school.
- Designate a grant consideration category.
- Include detailed listing of expenses and materials required for the project.
- Be implemented within the specified academic year for which the grant is awarded.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143479

Number of Grants:

A total of six annual Banking on YOUth Grant opportunities will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

One grant, a maximum of $500, will be awarded in six different categories.

Term of Contract:

Programs must be implemented within the 2018-2019 academic year. Grant recipients are required to use the money by the end of the academic year for which the grant was awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Banking on YOUth Grant Program is open to all certified Quincy and Palmyra public or parochial school educators. This includes all early childhood, elementary, and secondary education teachers.

Grant applications must not exceed funding requests of $500.00.

The following types of programs will not be funded by the Banking on YOUth program:
- Programs or projects which are the responsibility of the school (such as in-service or professional development)
- Materials and equipment typically purchased by the school (such as basic classroom supplies and standard technology or audio or visual equipment)
- Capital or building campaigns
- General endowment campaigns
- General operating expenses
- Scholarships or singular-student programs
- Charitable or fund-raising events

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications for the 2018-19 academic year will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. CDT on April 10, 2018.

While an application may include elements related to multiple categories, all applications must designate the best overall category for which it is to be considered.

Grants will be awarded in May so that programs can be implemented during the following school year.

For applicants who do not have internet access, please contact the Foundation to request a copy by mail or fax.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Mercantile Bank
Banking On YOUth Grant Program
PO Box 3455
Quincy, IL 62305

Melissa Chaplin

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Quincy;   Missouri: Palmyra