Grants for Excellence Teacher Mini-Grants 

The Grants for Excellence program provides funding to Saginaw County schools for creative educational initiatives and projects not currently supported by school budgets.


Download an overview and application for the Grants for Excellence program.


The program is meant to support special projects that:

● Enhance student experiences and curriculum activities
● Develop projects to facilitate different learning styles
● Motivate student curiosity and learning
● Supplement additional funding sources
● Purchase educational materials and/or bring non-traditional resources to the classroom
● Develop and share innovative teaching methods and tools
● Inspire professional development and growth


Eligibility Criteria

All Saginaw County Pre-K through 12 teachers and instructional staff are eligible to apply. While more than one application may be submitted, only one grant will be awarded per individual, per year. Although not specifically precluded, applications for continuation of existing programs may receive lower funding priority.


Award Criteria

> IMPACT: Potential to improve student achievement, potential for continuation and/or replication, potential to enhance instructional skills.


> INNOVATION: Creativity of project, innovative approach, academic objective within curriculum context.


> PLANNING: Clear plan for project implementation, teacher capability, cost effectiveness and realistic budget.


> EXISTING RESOURCES: Grant funding will not supplant existing funding (in other words, the project cannot be achieved with existing school budget).


Grant Amounts

The maximum grant award is $2,500.



● Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018

● Notification of Decision: Mid-December, 2018

● Project Implementation: Jan. 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019

● Final report Due: July 31, 2019


For more information, contact Channing McKay, program assistant, at (989) 755-0545 or


Idea starters

> Cross-curriculum programs

> School-wide projects

> Creative use of common teaching aids

> Approaching curriculum from an imaginative angle

> Tying nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities


Funds cannot be used for

> Facilities renovation

> Religious activities or teachings 

> Equipment that is not an integral part of the project

> Non-academic projects

> Trips out of this region

> Tuition for special classes

> “Bag of Books” projects

> Accelerated reading and math programs

> Sound systems or interactive whiteboards

Although equipment such as digital cameras, iPads/iPods and calculators, or field trips can be part of the proposal, the focus should be on the project itself and the impact it will have on students.