Special Notes for Educator Enrichment Grants
Available at the Monthly ($2,000), Quarterly ($5,000), and Major ($20,000) Levels with corresponding deadlines.
Ohio Humanities supports projects designed to enrich teachers’ understanding and appreciation of the humanities. Projects should provide a rich humanities experience that feeds success in the K-12 classroom.
Educator enrichment projects supported by Ohio Humanities provide opportunities to build partnerships and leverage external funding. Therefore, applicants are expected to seek additional project support from local foundations and other external sources.
Ohio Humanities seeks innovative formats that will be attractive to teachers. Applicants should contact a program officer before applying as the program officer can guide applicants through the process.
1: Strong humanities curriculum:
- Projects should encourage reflection and discussion of specific humanities topics.
- Programs encourage teachers to situate and share stories in the context of the humanities.
- Projects that emphasize skills training, motivation and empowerment, or the process of learning are unlikely to receive funding.
2: Projects must be designed for Ohio teachers:
- Projects are for K-12 teachers and administrators currently working in Ohio.
- The project should include time for teachers and faculty to interact with one another.
- The ideal size for these projects is 20-25 teacher participants.
- Ohio Humanities encourages proposals that involve K-12 teachers or school administrators in the planning stages. The inclusion of a master teacher throughout the development and implementation is preferred.
- Projects should be available and of interest to teachers across a region. A project that serves teachers of a limited geographic scope (one district) is unlikely to receive funding.
- Project directors should be familiar with the professional development guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Education.
3: Follow-up programming:
- Projects should strengthen communication between partners such as universities and local school districts.
- Identify ongoing questions and concerns from teachers and administrators.
- Proposals should include an evaluation plan that includes follow-up surveys or other activities that determine the success of the enrichment experience after the core event is completed (3 months and 9 months later).
Ohio Humanities prefers to support:
- Stipends for humanities scholars and master teachers.
- Outreach costs to assure well-attended events.
- Ohio Humanities grant funds can be also used in the following ways
- Up to 50% of the grant can be used for the following costs
- Should tuition charges be necessary, applicants should use a formula of 1/3 from teachers, 1/3 from the university or sponsoring organization, and 1/3 from Ohio Humanities.
- A travel stipend of $50 may be offered to teachers who attend.
- No more than 30% of a grant may be used for administrative costs directly related to the technical consultants.
- No more than 10% of a grant may be used for administrative costs directly related to the project, for fiscal fees, or the authorizing official.
- A proposal will be judged on the strength of its humanities content.
- Credentials of the institute faulty.
- Potential for recruiting participants, especially from under served school districts.
- Reasonableness of the proposed budget (see general guidelines for budget principles).
- Commitment of the host institution.
- The option of CEU hours or graduate credit for attendees.