The Junior League of Austin’s ABC (Aid for Better Classrooms) Grants program began IN 1991 with the help of community funds. Over 20 years later, The Junior League of Austin and our program partners 3M and AMD continue to provide supplemental funding to exceptional teachers in Austin-area school districts. The strength in the program comes from the strength of teachers whose ideas become a reality when awarded the program’s funds. The ABC Grants Program enables teachers to introduce original curriculum-enhancing activities into the classroom--activities that might otherwise be unattainable due to continued budget constraints.
From 1994 to 2013, the ABC Grants Program has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to local area teachers from all grade levels. Annually, The ABC Grants Program awards between $10,000 and $12,000 in grants of up to $1000 each to 10-15 applicants. Each winning project is innovative, has real world application, enhances current school curriculum, and has a direct impact on students in participating area school districts.
Grants awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year totaled $11,737 and were awarded to 13 recipients. All of the projects enrich our teacher’s and children’s learning environments in uniquely creative ways. Grants awarded represent students across all age groups and grades from Pre-K to high school in five school districts (Austin, Del Valle, Leander, Pflugerville and Round Rock). Many of the supplies and teaching tools purchased with ABC Grants funds will benefit the classroom for years to come.
The application for the 2014-2015 ABC Grants Program will be available in March, 2014. Please check in with us for the application as well as for information regarding our Grant Writing Workshop.