Operation Round Up Teacher Mini-Grant Program
The Operation Round Up Board of Directors has created a mini-grant program to help teachers with classroom projects or educational field trips. There are 10 mini-grants of $500 each available during the 2017-2018 school year. Entries must be submitted by Monday, May 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (printed applications can be postmarked by May 15, 2017), so grants can be disbursed at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
This year’s grant is available to any K-12 reading or social studies classroom teacher if either of the following criteria are met:
- the teacher is a member of South Plains Electric Cooperative, resides in the Cooperative service area, participates in Operation Round Up and teaches at a qualifying school. If you are not currently participating in Operation Round Up, we’ll automatically enroll you when you submit the mini-grant application. The list of qualifying schools includes: All Lubbock ISD schools, Abernathy, Anton, Aspermont, Childress, Chillicothe, Cotton Center, Crosbyton, Crowell, Floydada, Frenship, Guthrie, Hale Center, Idalou, Jayton-Girard, Lorenzo, Lubbock-Cooper, Motley Co., New Deal, New Home, Olton, Paducah, Patton Springs, Petersburg, Plainview, Post, Quanah, Ralls, Roosevelt, Ropesville, Rotan, Shallowater, Slaton, Southland, Smyer, Spur and Wilson. If you are teaching at a private school, your application will be subject to eligibility verification.
- at least one student in the class is a member of and receives electric service at their home or family business from South Plains Electric Cooperative.
How will the applications be judged?
All applications will be screened by a volunteer committee related to education to select the finalists. The Operation Round Up Board will select the 10 winners from the finalists.
An eligible project or educational field trip should offer an expanded learning opportunity for the students that compliments and reinforces daily classroom studies. This is an opportunity to do something extra for the students.
Teachers receiving grants must submit a written final report on their project or educational field trip, with pictures, if possible. We will feature the classroom projects in the Texas Co-op Power magazine, on our website and Facebook page.
Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
- A project or educational field trip that demonstrates cooperation between students;
- Appropriateness for age and grade levels;
- A project or educational field trip that encourages a high level of student involvement;
- A project or educational field trip that focuses on student learning;
- Overall quality of the application and adherence to grant guidelines.
May the grant be used to extend/expand an existing project?
Yes, but in that case, clearly indicate the scope of the original project and for what part of the original project you plan to use the Operation Round Up Mini-Grant.
Applications and Deadline
The grant application deadline is Monday, May 15, 2017. You can complete the grant application online by clicking "Begin an Application Request" above. If you would rather complete a paper application, download an Operation Round Up Mini-Grant Program Application 164KB PDF. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by Monday, May 15, 2017.