Strong Schools Grant Program

We're pleased to offer the Colonial Life Strong Schools Grant Program in partnership with Lexington County School District Two and United Way of the Midlands.

What is the Strong Schools Grant Program?

Colonial Life is committed to building a foundation for our children's future by supporting educational systems and the families they serve. An important part of this relationship is the Colonial Life Strong Schools Grant Program which provides financial support for effective and creative initiatives with specific emphasis on the Three Domains outlined in the Profile of the SC Graduate. We're pleased to offer the Colonial Life Strong Schools Grant Program in partnership with Lexington County School District Two and United Way of the Midlands.

Criteria

The purpose of the Colonial Life Strong Schools Grant Program is to provide educators in Lexington County School District Two an opportunity to receive financial support for effective and creative initiatives to enhance the learning experience that would otherwise be unavailable through the school budget. Mini-grants will be awarded for up to $1,000 for innovative classroom projects and lessons with a focus on the Three Domains outlined in the Profile of the SC Graduate. All certified staff for grades CD-4-12 are eligible to apply. Project implementation and completion must occur before May 31, 2019. To view the grading matrix click here.

The awards will be based on the following criteria:

  • Improving student achievement and success
  • Infusing engaging concepts that address world class knowledge, world class skills, and Life and Career characteristics
  • Incorporating hands-on/project-based learning outcomes
  • Encouraging student inquiry, discovery, and critical thinking
  • Incorporating measurable outcomes
  • Ensuring adaptability for use by other educators

Application process

Educators may apply for mini-grants to enhance student learning and success during the 2018/2019 school year. All granted funds must be expensed prior to May 31, 2019. Any remaining grant funds after this date will not carry forward to the following academic year.

Educators may request up to $1,000 to fund an innovative project.

All proposed projects must support course content and should include measurable outcomes detailing how students will benefit from the project.

Funds may be used to purchase equipment and/or technology as a classroom tool when integrated into a lesson plan. Funds may also be used towards field trip expenses when the trip is a supplement to the project lesson for expeditionary learning. Funds may not be used to pay for guest speakers, professional development activities, office supplies, capital improvements, furniture, or playground equipment.

All grant recipients will be required to provide a lesson plan and photos of applicant and class participating in the project.

Educators are limited to one grant application per year. Multiple requests from the same requestor will not be considered and may disqualify the applicant from consideration.

Team applications are allowed but only one request per project will be given consideration and will equally share the total mini-grant amount if awarded. Applications that are a duplicate of another requestor's application for the same project request within the same school/associated schools will not be considered.

Applications must be received before midnight on Friday, May 4, 2018 to be eligible for grant funding consideration.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Submission of an applicant DOES NOT guarantee grant funding.

Previous Colonial Life Strong Schools Grant recipients are eligible to apply for funding and will be given consideration, provided the year-end summary form and lesson plan are completed and submitted by the deadline.


Funding Request
Detailed project budget (Equipment, supplies, etc.)

Disclaimer:
By submitting this application, the requestor agrees to hereby voluntarily consent to grant Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company and its respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, and those acting with their authority ("Colonial Life") and United Way of the Midlands permission to use in any manner whatsoever any photograph, audiovisual material or other material of a similar nature in which the requestor or any other representative or student of the school has been or will be a participant or which such individual has appeared or may appear. The requestor acknowledges that there has been no payment by the company for such use. The requester further acknowledges that compensation will not be received for any appearance in the Company's or United Way's promotional efforts. The requester hereby releases Colonial Life and United Way of the Midlands from all and any manner of actions, causes of action, claims and demands whatsoever, in law or in equity, arising out of the use in any manner whatsoever of any photograph, audiovisual material or other material of a similar nature in which the requestor, representative or student of the school has been or will be a participant or in which such individual appears or may appear. Additionally, by submitting this application, I acknowledge that if awarded a Colonial Life Strong Schools grant that I may be asked to give a 1-2- minute overview of my project during the Awards Recognition Lunch in early August.

Submission process and deadline

The Colonial Life Strong Schools Grant application is an online application and can be accessed on Colonial Life's public website at www.coloniallife.com/forms/school-grant.

To apply for Colonial Life Strong School Grant funding during the 2018/2019 school year, submit the completed application by midnight on May 4, 2018.

Notification process

Applications and funding decisions will be reviewed and determined by staff and volunteers at United Way of the Midlands.

Grant recipients will be notified by e-mail of the award by mid-July and invited to an Awards Recognition Lunch in early August where they will be recognized.

Contacts

Questions regarding the Colonial Life Strong Schools Grant Program or the application process should be directed to Dr. Marcella Heyward-Evans, Chief Instructional Officer, mevans@lex2.org, at 803-739-4035 or Marie McGehee, Colonial Life community relations manager at 803-678-6427 or giving@ColonailLife.com.

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