Every year brings a similar process.
Nearly two dozen teachers apply for grant funding to expand learning options in the classroom, ideas and concepts they have discovered, and every year the non-profit Education Foundation of Gulf County provides at least partial funding for nearly every proposal.
The rinse-and-repeat portion occurred this month as the executive board of the foundation reviewed 21 grant applications and, employing more than $20,000, provided some or all funding for 15 projects.
“All the projects were exceptional,” said Donna Thompson, president of the foundation board. “We wish we were able to support every grant submitted.
“Thank you to all the teachers who took the time to apply for a grant on behalf of your students.”
The Education Foundation of Gulf County effectively triples every dollar it receives through matching grants from Florida State Legislature Matching Grant Program.
Among those providing the foundation matching grant funding are Verizon Wireless, Duke Energy, AT&T and the Tapper Foundation.
Thompson also thanked the county’s legislative delegation, State Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) and Rep. Jason Shoaf (R-Port St. Joe).
“Without the support of the Florida Legislature and our community business partners, this program would not be funded,” she said.
Among those projects funded via foundation grant:
*Gardening programs at the two public elementary schools will be expanded with $1,927 in grant funding;
*Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School’s library will see an increase in access to E-reading with a $1,000 grant;
*A $2,147 grant will help expand “Books for All” at Port St. Joe Elementary School;
Beyond those, the projects which earned funding far and away focused on literacy, STEM education and achievement by lower-performing students.