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ABACUS: Advancing Post-secondary Access

ABACUS focuses on improving the academic, community and environmental factors that most directly affect a student’s likelihood of continuing his or her education.  The ABACUS goal is to improve high-school graduation rates and access to post-secondary education, including trades and apprenticeship opportunities, by focusing on the “middle-school years”:  Grades 6, 7, 8 and transition to 9. Read more about ABACUS here.

2019-20 round of applications is now closed. List of grantees and projects can be found here.

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Small Grants for Teachers

Recognizing the critical role of teachers in meeting the needs of middle-school students, HCF provides small grants up to $500 for projects that enhance student learning experiences.

Who can apply?  What kinds of projects will be considered?

  • Teachers from any of Hamilton’s publicly funded schools
  • Project must be for students in Grades 6, 7 or 8
  • Project must have an academic focus and a goal to improve student achievement.

We are looking to support projects that align with the overall goal of the ABACUS initiative.  For example:

  • Hosting a “Lunch and Learn” to increase parental engagement
  • Buying supplies to give students the opportunity to “do science” in new ways that promise to increase their engagement with the subject matter and improve their learning
  • Field trips to help curriculum come alive
  • Creating a peer/volunteer tutoring centre in an unused quiet space in your school that provides a comfortable area conducive to learning and teaching

Check out this Future Intended blog for examples of teachers’ projects.

NEW for the 2019-20 school year — there will only be ONE call for proposals.  The application deadline has been extended to October 31, 2019. Apply online.