West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) teachers needing school supplies for the start of the new year are set to get a boost from one of two mini-grant programs being offered by the Ed Fund.
Starting Monday, Aug. 29, the application process will open for an Ed Fund program providing $250 in mini-grants aimed at easing the burden on teachers who often dig into their own pockets to pay for school supplies. WCCUSD teachers can apply for a Back-To-School mini-grant, and principals and vice principals can apply on behalf of a teacher.
Also starting Aug. 29, The Ed Fund is launching an application process for its new Bradley Arts Mini-Grant, which enables teachers, students and community-based organizations to apply for $500 to $1,000 in grants to support a project in a classroom or school in the WCCUSD that empower and support students, especially Black students, with their social emotional and academic needs, while supporting project-based learning, skill development and engaging learning experiences.
While the Ed Fund will provide grants to support all students, impact points will be given to projects that have an explicit focus on the needs of Black students or that incorporate art of Black artists.
“WCCUSD teachers and community members are invited to apply for the grants, especially those schools and teachers that were directly affected by the vandalism that unfortunately occured this summer across some WCCUSD sites,” said Ed Fund Program Manager Sarah Camacho.
At this time, applications for both Back-to-School and Bradley Arts mini-grant programs are not being accepted from charter schools.