Public middle school science teachers for grades 5 through 8 in Faulkner County can go to arcf.org now through Oct. 1 to apply for grants through Arkansas Community Foundation’s Science Initiative for Middle Schools program.
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 Faulkner County.
“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 Julie LaRue, executive director of ARCF/Faulkner County. “Our goal is to support as many local teachers as possible. We had 21 recipients in Faulkner County in 2012; it would be great to have every 5-8 grade science teacher in our county receive a SIMS grant.”
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 ARCF/Faulkner County will review proposals from teachers in our area. DonorsChoose will ship all requested materials directly to the teachers whose proposals are selected.
Annual funding for this program is made possible by an endowed gift to Arkansas Community Foundation from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. For more information about the SIMS program, visit arcf.org.
Arkansas Community Foundation makes grants to improve the quality of life in our state and collaborates with individuals, families and organizations to build local communities through philanthropy. ARCF ended fiscal year 2012 with more than $150 million in assets and has provided more than $98 million in grants since it began operation in 1976. Contributions to ARCF, its funds and any of its 27 local affiliate offices are fully tax deductible.
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