The Community Foundation for Oceana County’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) awarded funds to 100% of the teacher mini-grants submitted this spring. Additional resources beyond the youth fund were provided by the Mary Ann Peterson “Grandma Pete” Fund, the Ralph’s Kids Fund (in memory of Ralph Horton) and an anonymous donor. “We invite our donor advisors to help co-fund these mini-grants so we can fulfill as many needs as possible. The anonymous donor who provided an extra $500, based on a Facebook post encouraging teachers to apply, was just the cherry on top!” said Executive Director Tammy Carey.
“We connect teachers with a bit of extra financial resources they need,” says YAC President Cali Kinstner. “Our members enjoy reviewing these proposals and bring so much to the deliberation table given their own learning experiences in the local schools.”
The Youth Advisory Council has a 43-member board. The Foundation overseas this ongoing, community youth engagement program that involves a cross section of Oceana high school students chosen by their peers. Each year, the YAC reviews and recommends over $20,000 worth of grant awards that are awarded from the Oceana Foundation’s Youth Fund. In 2018, the allocation towards the Teacher Mini Grant program increased to $5,000.
Oceana public and private school teachers are invited to apply twice a year for mini-grants of up to $250. Grants are not awarded for basic, everyday supplies.
For the spring 2018 round, mini grants were awarded to teachers in the following Oceana schools for these projects: