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Learning Links Grant

Grants to Western North Carolina Public
Schools for Experiential Education Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC)

Deadline Date:

09/28/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $800 to Western North Carolina public schools to provide students with creative, hands-on learning opportunities. This program seeks to promote student enthusiasm for education and staying in school, ultimately through graduation. Projects should provide an experiential learning experience that will promote academic improvement and align with the classroom curriculum.

These grants are made possible by the Ben W. and Dixie Glenn Farthing Charitable Endowment Fund and the Cherokee County Schools Foundation Endowment Fund.

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 curricula or involved various age groups
-Served a single classroom, grade level, or entire school. A group project is a team project that will serve the same group of students in a classroom, set of classrooms or school-wide activity or club. Please note there is no maximum restriction on requests to fund the same project. Projects that have been funded previously will be reconsidered on their own merits each year they are submitted.
-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.
-All field trips must include before-trip preparation and after-trip use of the information. They should also include all students the project is intended for (an individual classroom, a grade level, or school-wide activity or club).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172605

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individuals can apply for up to $800 only. Group projects are allowed and can apply for up to $800 per teacher/classroom.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must take place between January 1 and June 1.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Learning Links 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.

Learning Links grants do not support anything other than "hands-on" creative learning projects for public school classrooms in the counties specified above.

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.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Prior to submitting an application, you are encouraged to discuss your proposal with CFWNC staff.

The online application is available beginning in mid-August and must be completed by 5 p.m. on the date of the deadline. The deadline to apply is the last Friday in September.

Applications are screened for completeness, clarity, and compliance with eligibility requirements. Grant proposals are evaluated by a volunteer committee, and funding recommendations are approved by CFWNC. 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:

For questions about proposals, contact:

Lezette Parks, Scholarship Officer

For technical assistance with the online grant system, contact:

Diane Crips, Grants Manager

The 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