The Arch Coal Foundation introduced its Innovative Teaching Grants Program in 2007 to benefit teachers and students near the West Elk mine in Delta County, Colo. It has operated successfully since then because Delta teachers developed great ideas that received grant support, including one that won a national award. But we are happy to announce that the program is now better than ever!
The foundation again has set aside up to $10,000 to provide grants for innovative teaching programs in Delta County's schools during the 2015-2016 academic year. In the past, applicants were limited to ideas costing $500 or less. Now, applicants – either individual classroom teachers or several educators working in collaboration at one school or at schools across the county – may request funds for projects up to and including the entire $10,000.
"The teaching grants program as it previously existed was very popular," says Jim Miller, general manager of Mountain Coal Company's West Elk mine. "In an effort to remove barriers that may have prevented Delta County's educators from devising really big ideas in the past, we have lifted financial constraints on grant applications. We believe this change will allow teachers to really stretch their imaginations and develop interesting, creative projects with broad appeal to many students in the county."
Classroom teachers, specialists (such as reading and math), school librarians, especially those who teach a regular class, part-time teachers who have a regular schedule/subject, and counselors in Delta County are eligible to apply for a grant. Administrators and others not involved in classroom teaching are not eligible. A committee comprising area residents and local employees will review the applications and makes recommendations to the Arch Coal Foundation for grant recipients.
If you are a qualified educator in the Delta County Schools, follow the link below to apply for a grant. You also can read more about our past Delta County grant recipients below. We look forward to reporting even bigger, better ideas in the future.
Read more about our Delta County grant recipients: