Fall 2024 Scholarship Application Open through 1 April 2024
The Dysart Education Foundation is proud to announce the Laird Teacher Mini Grants program provides classroom grants for Dysart teachers. The grant cycle will close October 20, 2023 and grantees announced by end of October. See below for information about our program!
Billie Laird served as President of the Dysart Education Foundation for many years. Her passion to support teachers and provide as many funding opportunities as possible to support classrooms is unparalleled. Upon her retirement as President in May 2022, DEF Executive Board voted unanimously to rename the mini grant program to be now called the Laird Teacher Mini Grant Program in her honor.
Any current Dysart teacher or group of teachers may apply for funds. The primary applicant should be the individual with the primary responsibility for executing the project and reporting the results to the Foundation Board.
Laird Teacher Mini-Grants will be awarded for up to $2000 each and may involve one class or any combination of students and teachers. To be accepted, the grant applications must be approved by the teacher and the school principal. The Dysart Unified District Office will review each grant to ensure compatibility with district goals and curricula.
Grant applications must be generated using the approved application form. The review panel will select awards based on originality, professionalism, established need, benefits to students, student involvement, appropriate age level, and budget details. Each category is equally important. Recipients must submit a brief written report on their project to the DEF president within 30 days of the completion of the school year. Failure to submit a report within the time limit could result in loss of future mini-grant awards.