About our Mini-Grants
The purpose of Mini-Grants is to motivate students to learn and to increase the depth and breadth of the curriculum beyond that which is (a) provided by the state instructional materials or (b) able to be funded by state or county budgets. While scholarships benefit students who have completed their elementary and secondary schooling to pursue post-secondary schooling at a community college, college, university, or trade school, mini-grants are important because they benefit district students during the 13 years in which they are receiving services from the district.
Many of the donations to the Foundation are earmarked for scholarships. The Foundation urges future donors to consider naming Mini-Grants as the focus of their funds. While the minimum donation to create a named scholarship is $13,333, any level of donation can be contributed to the Mini-Grant fund. All donations to the Foundation which increase the endowment, whether they
are for scholarships or Mini-Grants, are matched by Steve Mihaylo at 25%
Mini-Grants funded this year:
“I’m Going to College”
This proposal was from a teacher who proposed a UCLA college tour for a group of 65 students, Grades 9-12. She re-
quested a total of $800 to help pay for bus transportation for these “at risk” students to attend a college fair and a foot-
ball game to help motivate them toward looking at the possibilities for their futures in a two or four year college after high school. This has affected all 65 students at the school.
The Committee funded the proposal in the amount of $800.00.
Elementary School Science Lab
This proposal requested funds to purchase various microscopes that teachers can use to expose students to the excit-
ing microscopic world of plant and animal cells and cell structures. The total amount requested for this project was $1958 to purchase the microscopes and slides. A total of 542 students were affected through utilization of this mini-grant throughout the year.
Committee funded the proposal in the amount of $1,958.00.
All the World’s a Stage…
This proposal requested funds to purchase some used sound media (wireless microphones) from the local theater arts organization at a much discounted price. The proposal requested a total of $2000 and affected approximately 50-100 students this year.
Committee funded the proposal in the amount of $2,000.00.
Technology Integration iPads
This proposal was a request to help fund the use of technology for students in Special Education because they need a lot of hands-on learning. The students are more engaged through the use of the iPads and can more easily express themselves in a comfortable manner. The amount requested for this proposal was $1678 and affected 15 students this year.
Committee funded the proposal in the amount of $1,678.00.
BVUSD Elementary Strings
The proposal requested funds for bus transportation for the Forum Music Festival in May, 2018. The travel funds were necessary for our Advanced Strings Students to compete in competitions off the mountain. The total amount requested was $2000.00 and the total number of students affected was 40 in grades 3-6.
Committee funded the proposal in the amount of $2,000.00.
Fine Arts in the Classroom
This proposal was for the purchase of fine arts materials: clay, brushes, oil pastels, watercolors, paper, etc. for a primary class. The students needed to be provided with the opportunity to observe classical art and look through “the eyes of an artist” to help them gain an appreciation of art and music. The number of
students affected was 22. The amount requested to fund this proposal was $296.00.
Committee funded the proposal in the amount of $296.00.
In an effort to expand the robotics teams and STEAM for ALL, this proposal requested funds to purchase VEX Robotics kits. The project-based learning helps to provide skills to students in problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork. Students build and program robots for competitions with other schools. The cost to fund this project was $3830.00. It affected 60 students this year and will affect many more over the next several years.
Committee funded the proposal in the amount of $3,830.00.
This was a proposal from a teacher to fund the purchase a set of six (6) Ergo Seats for a first grade class that would give the students flexible seating options. These stools give the students who are full of energy a sort of outlet for different types of seating in the classroom; a wobble stool, a regular chair, or an Ergo seat
at their desks. The amount requested was $467.00 and affected approximately 25 students.
Committee funded the proposal in the amount of $467.00.
TK Steam Activities
This proposal requested funding to purchase STEAM activity sets for the TK class to add another component, engineering, to the classroom. The proposal requested $233.00 to help purchase the necessary equipment for this class of 25.
Committee funded the proposal in the amount of $233.00.
LEGO Robotics WEDO 2 Core Sets
This request came from a teacher of a 2-3 combination class who proposed to purchase LEGO WeDo 2 Core
sets into the curriculum in the classroom. The proposal was to engage students in lessons built on the Next
Gen Science Standards which facilitates and supports life, physical, earth and space sciences. The proposal
requested to purchase 20 sets of the LEGO Education WeDo 2 Core Sets. The total amount needed for this
purchase was $3889.00 and affected 50 students this year.
Committee funded the proposal in the amount of $3,889.00
3D Printers and VEX Robotics Competition Kit
This proposal came from several teachers and was researched in part by the HS STEAM Club in order for
the students to gain an understanding of the proposal process. The proposal was to purchase new 3D printer kits and a VEX kit in order to challenge the students to build robots to accomplish specific tasks. The total amount requested for this proposal was $2703.00 and affected 40 students this year.
Committee funded the proposal in the amount of $2,703.00.
Projector for Multi-Purpose Room-Improving Assemblies
This proposal requested funds to purchase a newer projector for assemblies and district-wide staff development. The total requested to fund this proposal was $3884.00. A total of 450 students were affected this year with this proposal and many more will be affected for years to come.
Committee partially funded the proposal in the amount of $1,646.00.