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Each year, SRP provides more than $200,000 in direct funding to teachers. We hope to help them bring innovative projects into their classrooms through the Classroom Connections grants program.
In total, SRP contributes more than $1.4 million to education initiatives annually. According to Kevin Rolfe, Senior Community Activation Strategist, this includes SRP Touchdowns for Teachers™, teacher grants and funding through partnerships throughout the state.
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Classroom grants have been used in a variety of ways, from everyday necessities to out-of-this-world projects.
In past years, we have seen educators use the funding to purchase advanced technology, including VR kits that allow students to virtually visit real-life locations such as the International Space Station and ancient Rome. Other teachers have purchased 3D printers, STEM kits and programming robotics kits.
See a list of winners from previous years and what they used their grants for!
What’s even better
, is that these resources are often used to benefit students year after year. The resourcefulness of teachers knows no bounds!
“The materials SRP provides in workshops are used by teachers over multiple years. It becomes part of their curriculum. That’s what we strive for,” said Rolfe.
Applying for an SRP Classroom Connections grant
Curious about how you or a teacher you know can apply for a grant and what the rules are?
Classroom Connections grant applications must be:
- For public and nonprofit private schools in metropolitan Phoenix, Pinal County, Gila County, Yavapai County, Page and St. Johns chapters.
- Completed by certified teachers.
- For STEM-related projects (up to $5,000 awarded) or social science projects (up to $2,500 awarded).
- Used for hands-on materials.
Tips for winning a grant:
- Projects should include materials for hands-on, STEM related fields.
- Addressing how 3-Dimensional Science practices will be used will positively affect your chances.
- Funding for field trips will not be considered.
- Focus on materials students will use to enhance their learning.
- The more students positively impacted by using the materials, the more likely you are to have your application selected for funding
- The longer the materials will be used, the more likely you are to be chosen.
There are a select amount of grants given, but SRP workshops are open to any K–12 educators in SRP’s service and impact areas. In addition to these grants, SRP also offers a variety of
“At SRP, we know that tomorrow’s workforce begins in today’s classrooms,” Rolfe said. “That’s why we provide funding each year. We’re proud to support Arizona teachers and we’re making sure that teachers have the tools they need to engage, inspire and prepare students for cutting-edge careers.”