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Learning Links Grant

Grants to Western North Carolina Public
Schools for Creative Educational Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC)

Deadline Date:

09/29/17 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $800 to Western North Carolina public schools to provide innovative educational programs to pre-K-12 students. Funding is intended to increase students' eagerness for learning and staying in school through graduation. Eligible counties include Avery, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford and Swain.

Learning Links projects must:
- Involve students in projects of a "hands-on" nature. It is desirable that these experiential learning activities take place in settings beyond the classroom or in a learning environment that is unlike their normal daily classroom instruction.
- Implement innovative, imaginative and creative approaches to teaching that enrich the educational experience.
- Be aligned with the classroom's current curriculum.
- Directly relate to the academic improvement of students.

Strong applications include:
- Clearly defined and realistic project plans and activities. Do not use educational or technical jargon. Be as specific as possible about how the funds will be used.
- Specifics regarding how the project will be implemented, necessary materials, time frame, people involved and completion date.
- A detailed budget that is reasonable and logically tied to the project description.

Successful projects in the past have:
- Involved parents and/or community volunteers
- Been led by a dedicated teacher or team of teachers
- Integrated curriculums or involved various age groups
- Served a single classroom, grade level, or entire school. (Only one grant will be awarded per classroom. Sharing innovative ideas with other teachers is permissible.)

All field trips must include before-trip preparation and after-trip use of the information. They should also include all students in the course of study.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172605

Estimated Size of Grant:

Learning Links grants award up to $800 per project.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must take place between January 1 and June 1, 2018. Grant funds should be totally expended by June 1.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are offered to public schools in the following Western North Carolina counties: Avery, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, and Swain.

Funds may not purchase equipment, videos/dvds, or furniture, unless these items are essential to the project and cannot be obtained otherwise. Additionally, grant funds cannot be used to cover the cost of items normally included in the school’s budget.

Items that are not typically funded include refreshments, rewards, or incentives.

Grants may be made to compensate experts who come to work with students, but may not pay teachers or staff. These experts must submit resumes or credentials to justify the requested expense.

Pre-Application Information:

The staff of The Community Foundation is available and eager to assist you as you develop your proposal. Lezette Parks is available via phone or email to provide personalized assistance to schools. This assistance is valuable in strengthening a school’s chance of success.

There is no limit to the number of applications that may be submitted from each school. Each application form must be submitted by the lead teacher/project coordinator and approved by the school principal in order to be considered for funding.

A five-minute tutorial was created for applicants. It is highly recommended that all applicants review this video before beginning a new application:

More information on how to apply:

The application deadline is the last Friday in September. Funding decisions are announced in November.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Lezette Parks

For questions about the online system:
Diane Crisp, Grants Manager

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28803

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Avery, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, and Swain Counties