Public middle school science teachers (grades 5-8) in Cleburne County can go to arcf.org now through October 1 to apply for grants through Arkansas Community Foundation's Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) program. Online Applications Due October 1st
The SIMS program encourages hands-on science instruction by providing funding to help teachers purchase materials for classroom projects. Proposed projects must meet the state science curriculum frameworks, and the cost of project materials must not exceed $500. Up to 300 SIMS grants will be selected from the proposals submitted in counties served by one of Arkansas Community Foundation's 27 local offices, including Cleburne County Community Foundation.
"Arkansas Community Foundation is a public nonprofit organization that makes grants to improve the quality of life in our state," said Heather Larkin, President and CEO. "Improving education is a major goal of the community foundation, and these SIMS grants are one strategy we're using to help support teachers and students during the critical middle school years when students' attitudes about science are being formed."
"While these grants are competitive, they are specifically designated for Arkansas middle school teachers," said Brenda Hill, Executive Director of Cleburne County Community Foundation. "Our goal is to support as many local teachers as possible."
The SIMS program uses an online application process through a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, an organization that helps teachers find funding for classroom projects. Applicants simply complete an online profile at www.DonorsChoose.org/SIMS, write a description of the project for which they are requesting materials and select the materials they need. A local committee from Cleburne County Community Foundation will review proposals from teachers in our area. DonorsChoose will ship all requested materials directly to the teachers whose proposals are selected.