Covina Rotary Teacher Mini-Grants
Covina Rotary members have a long history of involvement with both the Covina Valley and Charter Oak school districts with Rotarians serving as School Board Members and School Superintendents serving the world community as Rotarians.
Back in the early 1970’s when teachers were spending their own money on classroom projects Covina Rotary began their Mini-Grant program. It is a competitive program available to all teachers whereby they submit a one-page grant application describing an unfunded project that they wish to employ in their classrooms. Project requests cover a wide array, like math and science displays, classroom terrariums, school gardens, reading aids, electronic devices, and equipment for special needs students.
Project grant applications are judged on originality, how well they engage and challenge the students, the number of students served, and if they serve challenged or disadvantaged students.
Grants that began in the $150.00 to $300.00 range have now risen as high as $500.00. Every year the school districts are committed to advising the teachers about the grants, distributing the applications, and helping with their evaluations.
Finally, two Covina Rotarians and one district staff member serve as judges. Each person grades the applications individually, then discusses their rankings with the other two judges. Finally, they generate a top to bottom rating page. Charter Oak District applications are reviewed at the Covina Valley District offices with one of their staff members, and the CVUSD applications are reviewed at the COUSD offices.
When you donate to the Covina Rotary Club’s “Fun Run” Fund, your kind donation benefits
AND all of the local and international projects that our Rotary Club sponsors. Donations to this fund will be applied where they are needed most.
$150 up to $500 for teachers to provide programs and/or supplies that are not able to be funded by the school district. This includes items like math and science displays, classroom terrariums, school gardens, reading aids, electronic devices, and equipment for special needs students.
Projects and Events Overview
Take a look at an overview of the many projects we sponsor in order to make a difference.