Mini-Grants for Creative Hands-On Projects

The Guilford County Enrichment Fund encourages creative, hands-on classroom projects by providing grants to teachers who have innovative ideas on ways to supplement the curriculum.

General Information
The Enrichment Fund will give special consideration to mini-grant
applications that give students opportunities to work on projects away from a screen at school or at home, projects that have students working with their hands, experimenting, or experiencing.

Individual grants are limited to a maximum of $500. Group projects must include 3 or more teachers and can be awarded up to $1,200.

In order to receive a grant, projects must be hands-on, student-powered projects.

Grants will be awarded to projects that supplement the regular classroom curriculum and stimulate academic growth. Grants will not be awarded for performers, workshop leaders, tablets, computers, furniture, transportation, prepared food, supply lists, or instructional kits. Software purchases, including licenses and subscriptions, will only be considered if the software clearly enriches learning experiences.

Examples of successful grants include funding for: materials to build a windmill to supplement reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; a dinosaur dig with buried (cardboard) bones that had to be found and assembled; a classroom “zoo” of small animals to be cared for and studied. While funds will not be awarded to have an ice cream party, funds could be awarded for the ingredients for students to make ice cream and learn about change, temperatures, salt, etc. Similarly, while funds will not be awarded for performers or workshop leaders, funds could be awarded for the materials needed to do the activities and projects that often surround performances and workshops.

To see the list of the 2019 Mini-Grant recipients, please click here.

Grant money must be spent in this school year and cannot be carried over to next school year. Unused money must be returned.

Grants can be partially funded.

Application Deadline
There will be four opportunities for grant submissions this year. The deadlines will be:
November 19, January 7, February 7, and March 14.

Please note that you should receive confirmation that your application was received within one week of the submission. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact

Grant recipients (the lead teacher for group projects) will be notified by email two weeks after the submission deadline.

Grant awards will be deposited in the school’s account within three weeks of notification.

Application Requirements
Teachers must submit both Parts One and Two of the application form.

Group projects must include the names and signatures of all teachers applying for the grant.

The application may be completed online using the form below or printed out and either emailed to or mailed to: Enrichment Fund for the Guilford County Schools, Inc., P.O. Box 10208, Greensboro, NC 27404, marked “Mini-Grant Application.”

By May 31, grant recipients are required to provide to the Enrichment Fund:

1. All relevant receipts for the project.

2. A brief evaluation of the project, either self-created or using the form provided on the Enrichment Fund’s website.  Please note that, if possible, we would like pictures (that we can post on the website).

Mini-Grant Evaluation Form (pdf version)

Mini-Grant Evaluation Form (online version)

Failure to adhere to these rules will result in the teacher being ineligible for future grants.

Any questions about the mini-grants should be emailed to:



The application may be filled out online using the form below or you may complete the hard copy application using this link: Mini-Grants Application
Hard copies can be scanned and emailed to:

or marked “Mini-Grant Application” and mailed to:

The Enrichment Fund for Guilford County Schools, Inc.
P.O. Box 10208
Greensboro, NC 27404

Apply online using the form below:

School and Teacher Information: Part 1

Project information: Part 2

Please do not mention your name or the name of your school in Part Two.