Over twenty years ago, the Junior League of Austin established our Aid for Better Classrooms (ABC) grants program. This unique program seeks to provide supplemental funding to classroom teachers in recognition of their commitment to students and innovative instruction.
In the early years of our ABC program, the grant amount was limited to $250 per teacher and only those teaching in the Austin Independent School District were eligible to participate However, today as we celebrate the program’s 21st anniversary, the 2012-2013 awards expanded, growing to enrich the curriculum of 14 area teachers’ classrooms in four Austin-area school districts!
With the award of the 2012-2013 ABC Grants, this community enriching program will have awarded over $200,000 in total grant funds for approximately 402 area teachers. All of the winning projects are innovative, have real world application, enhance current school curriculum, and have a direct impact on students across all age groups, in all subjects and in grades from Pre-K to high school.
Congratulations to all who applied and to those who have won the grant funds for the 2012-2013 academic school year. Please share the program with in your community and encourage those who can to apply for the 2013-2014 ABC Grant Funds awarded in May 2013. The application for the 2013-2014 ABC Grants Program will be available on the JLA website at www.jlaustin.org until March 4, 2013 at midnight. Please note that the deadline for submitting a 2012-2013 application has passed. Many thanks to those schools and educators who submitted requests. We look forward to reaching out to the Austin community again next year!
*Please Note: The deadline for submitting a 2013-2014 application has passed.