SSTESOL Teacher Mini-Grants
Do you have a great idea for an innovative language-learning project but need some money to make it happen? Sunshine State TESOL (SSTESOL) is accepting applications for its ESOL Teacher Mini-Grants, small cash awards designed to help teachers enrich their curriculum with fun and exciting activities and programs.
Purpose: To provide funding for projects or professional development activities which directly enrich students’ language, academic, and/or cultural learning experiences
Who’s Eligible: ESOL teachers/instructors who teach at non-profit public or private institutions in the state of Florida. Applicants must also be members of Sunshine State TESOL.
Award: Grant awards will vary, but will average $250 and may not exceed $500
The Grant Review Committee will review each applicant using the following criteria:
• Is the application readily understandable in lay language? (Tip: Ask a non-educator to critique
• Is the proposed project an innovative solution to the stated problem or issue?
• Is the statement of purpose and the procedure for doing the proposed project clear?
• Is the project realistic in terms of what is expected to be accomplished?
• Are the project activities will planned, specific, and directly related to the project goals?
• Is there active student involvement? Do the students clearly benefit?
• Are the plans for evaluating the project realistic and measurable?
• Is the budget request reasonable and sufficiently detailed?
• To what extent does this project make a positive contribution to meeting students’ needs and motivating them to learn?
The ESOL Teacher Mini-Grants Program will provide funding for projects or professional development activities, which directly enrich students’ language, academic, and cultural learning experiences. ESOL learners may be of any age and enrolled in a school program or a program funded by a non-profit organization.
Successful applicants will be required make a presentation at the next annual conference or submit an article about their projects to SSTESOL’s website/blog or journal within one year.
ESOL Teacher Mini-Grants are announced at the annual conference after consideration of all applications by a Grant Review Committee composed of representatives of SSTESOL. Proposals will be reviewed on a competitive basis and a limited number will be funded; certain geographical criteria will be used to ensure distribution of grants throughout the state.
Because one of the main purposes of the mini-grants is to encourage proposals by new applicants, past recipients of mini-grants are ineligible (as individuals or as a member of a team) to reapply for a period of two years. Following this “time out” period, past recipients are welcome to submit applications.
• Each teacher or group may submit only one proposal. Collaboration is encouraged. All applicants must be members of SSTESOL and currently teaching ESOL in Florida.
• Grants cannot be used to pay school salaries, substitute teacher costs, or personal honorariums for the applicant
• Grants cannot be used to purchase equipment over $100. All equipment purchased must be integral to the project and clearly justified in the proposal.
• Expenditures for food, awards, rewards, software, consultants and/or field trips will only be considered if the item is an integral and vital component of a larger strategy.
• Grants may be used to supplement expenditures normally supported by state, district, or federal revenues.
• Project funds must be spent within in school year that they are received unless special permission is granted. A final project and expense report is required.