An online grant application for classroom grants is live, according to the DeSoto Economic Council. Teachers will have until September 4th to apply.
A DeSoto County teacher may apply for one grant for up to $500. Groups of teachers may not apply for the same grant. Each grant should be original and academically based to provide classroom enrichment materials beyond what other funding sources cover. The budget should reflect the actual cost of the requested items, similar to a purchase order.
The DeSoto Economic Council’s Foundation for Excellence in Education Grant Program crossed the $1 million mark four years ago, providing classroom grants to DeSoto County teachers since 1989.
“We are on to our next million now,” said Susan Fernandez who coordinates the non-profit program for the Council.
Funded by donors such as United Way, State Farm, Chick-fil-A, Krewe of Hernando, City of Walls, Entergy, Atmos Energy, Baptist Hospital-DeSoto, Grainger, other industries, businesses, and individuals, the organization raised $57,699.65 in 2018 and awarded 133 grants to teachers in DeSoto County.