Grays Harbor Community Foundation announces 2014 Technology Initiative
In 2012, The Grays Harbor Community Foundation gave over $130,000 to five school districts to integrate technology into the classrooms. After receiving positive results from the 2012 Technology Initiative, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation announced that they will be funding another Technology Initiative in 2014.
The Foundation said that they are “particularly pleased to learn that the first round of funding has resulted in decreasing learning disparities due to income.” This second round of funding will be focused on those projects that strive to reduce disparities and target students that might otherwise have limited access to technology for learning.
The purpose of these grants is to support school districts in implementing new teaching tools and methods to increase student learning potential and performance.
McCleary, Ocosta, Cosmopolis, Hoquiam, and Montesano have had the opportunity to utilize upgraded technology and adapt their curriculum for an entire school year.
In January, the schools shared their results at a public forum. A short video was also produced, showing how grant funds are being used day-to-day. You can watch that video at http://gh-cf.org/technology.html.
The application is now open on Grays Harbor Community Foundation’s website. Applicants must visit http://gh-cfgrants.egrant.net to create an account and begin an application. The deadline for all submissions is 5 p.m. on April 1, 2014. Grant awards will be announced no later than May 15, 2014, and grant activities should be complete by the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Grant funds can be used for purchasing technology equipment and software, staff training, and/or student evaluation measures. This grant has been designed to help school districts be on the forefront of innovation, therefore applicants are also asked about plans for integrating this technology into all aspects of the district operations.
You can find out more by visiting http://www.gh-cf.org.