Each year, CCEF provides every teacher and department in Citrus County public schools with an opportunity to apply for a $500 to $1,000 mini Grant. Mini grants give teachers the opportunity to enhance the classroom experience with supplemental tools and resources focusing on literacy. This competitive grant program occurs every September, culminating in the Mini Grant Awards Gala!
The Mini Grant Awards Gala is an opportunity to showcase the grant recipients for that school year that will occur on November 10, 2016. Winning teachers, family members, administrators, and local dignitaries are invited to come and celebrate the new and innovative classroom projects that will be taking place during the school year. Each teacher is announced and while they come on stage to recieve their checks, a description of their project is read aloud and shared with all in attendance.
The purpose of this program is to not only honor the grant recipients, but to spread the word about their project in the hopes that other teachers and schools will be inspired.
In 2012, CCEF awarded over $41,000 in mini-grants to teachers countywide. In 2014, this number rose to $65,500! In 2015, this number increased to $101,000!