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This is how the Kids In Need Foundation operates: through a national network of Resource Centers, teachers can get free supplies for their students who are in need. We do not donate supplies directly to other organizations or families. The supplies must be acquired through teachers who have shopping privileges at the Resource Centers. All supplies donated to us by manufacturers and retailers go immediately to the Resource Centers. We do not have a warehouse from which we can draw supplies, so we do not donate supplies directly to other organizations, schools, families, or individuals.

Kids In Need Teacher Grants Guidelines & Suggestions

You will have a better chance of being awarded a grant from the Kids In Need Teacher Grants program if you follow the following guidelines when filling out your official application. Applications will be available online from July 15 through September 30.

Teachers may fill out the application online at after July 15.

Suggestions from the managing director about completing the Kids In Need Teacher Grants application:

First and foremost, follow the directions! We receive so many applications that we have to weed out what is not to be read by disqualifying applicants for not following instructions. For instance, the application clearly states that grants are from $100 to $500, and yet last year we received several applications asking for $1,000, $2,000, and even $5,000!

Keep in mind that we fund projects, not programs. Projects are usually not more than a few weeks long at the most and have a beginning, middle, and end.

Applications that include attachments are disqualified.

Submit only one application per project. Do not submit applications from more than one sponsor for the same project, although you may submit applications for as many DIFFERENT projects as you want. One project – one application.

The Foundation wants to fund exceptional ideas. Although we realize there is “nothing new under the sun,” we respond well to projects in which curriculum is presented in a unique setting or in which unconventional methods are used to reveal the content. Innovation accounts for almost half – 40% -- of the evaluation. This should communicate to the applicant how important it is to us.

We get many applications each year that describe the educational value of the project but never actually tell us what the students are going TO DO. We need to read about the activities. A general statement such as, “Students will participate in activities that show how a rainbow is formed,” does not tell us anything. Describe the activities.

Of the four tiers of evaluation, the second tier is made up entirely of educators whose mandate it is to determine the educational value of the project, so do not waste your precious words trying to describe that. Your objectives and project description should make that clear. Also, do not waste words trying to convince us of your need. Although we know that virtually every school system is under funded, the Teacher Grant awards are not based on need. They are based on innovativeness and educational value.

The cost of your project does not enter into the evaluation until we look at the budget to determine if the money is going to be spent wisely. We are just as likely to fund a project for $500 as we are to fund a project for $200, as long as the budget seems reasonable and other criteria are met.

The Foundation believes our money is most wisely spent on projects that include hands-on activities for the students. Although we understand the value of computers and other technological equipment, we choose to fund supplies, materials, tools, and books, items students use to make something or do something or learn a new skill. In the past two years, we have been asked to purchase a lot of digital cameras but found that the cameras were going to be used only to take pictures of the students doing the project to put up on a school website and had nothing really to do with the learning experience. In other words, the projects were perhaps only a means of getting a digital camera for the school. We will not fund those types of purchases.

Please feel free to email me if you would like to run your idea by me to determine if it meets our criteria. Please email me (preferred) or call me if you have any questions.

Penny Hawk
Director of Marketing & Communications
Kids In Need Foundation
877-296-1231, ext. 303

The Kids In Need Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) charity founded in 1995. Contributions to Kids In Need are tax-deductible to the greatest extent allowed by law.

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