Mini-Grant Awards for Teachers

In 2016, the Morgan County Forum for Arts, Sciences and Technologies, Inc. (FAST) began a program of mini-grants for Morgan County teachers. Awards gave priority to projects that enable and empower students to share new knowledge in voluntary “show-and-tell” with their families and friends.

FAST dissolved in 2020, and the program shifted to the Seely Foundation Paradox Fund.

Applications for 2022 mini-grants must be submitted by October 10 for awards to be made by November, 2022. Click here for the grant application form. The form can be safely worked on at this website, saved and continued, edited, and finally submitted before the Oct. 10 deadline.

The mini-grant program supports teachers who create meaningful learning experiences beyond standard classroom rote memorization and encourage students to apply their newly learned words and concepts in conversations outside the classroom. Grants range from $500 to $2,000 for collaborative projects that address several aspects of a topic or theme.

This year $1,000 is budgeted as an incentive to teachers to create outstanding learning experiences (OLE). The award will be made to the teachers’ school and can be used by for future unrestricted learning projects.

View the 8-15-2022 OLE Award Press Release.

List of Awarded Projects