Teachers play an essential role in supporting students learn, grow and thrive in the middle-school years. To help teachers continue to foster creative approaches to student learning, HCF offers a small grants program. The program provides funds to teachers offering enrichment experiences for students.
Since its start, the small grants program has funded approximately $172,000 to teachers across HWDSB and HWCDSB since its 2016 start. Grants are available to support middle school age children for the 2023-2024 school year.
Last year, 38 teachers received funding for their class activities, such as:
STEM class supplies
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, 8, or for students during their transition to Grade 9
Projects must align with the overall ABACUS goal: “to increase the likelihood that young people who face multiple barriers will graduate high school and access post-secondary opportunities by focusing on the pivotal middle school years and supporting the transition into high school.” through learning enrichment (see below for details on ABACUS)
Grants range from $100 to $500. Grants will be limited to three per school per school year. Please note: funds may not be used for salary costs.
For the 2023-24 school year, there will be one call for proposals with an application deadline of October 12, 2023. You will be asked to submit a brief online written report at the end of the grant.
If a grant is awarded and you are from a school in the HWDSB, the funds will be sent to the Foundation for Student Success for distribution to your school. Successful applicants should contact the foundation for details regarding distribution of their funds. Please contact Amy Leaming Cote at email@example.com.
If your school is part of the HWCDSB, funds will be sent to the Board for distribution to your school.
Complete and submit the online grant application, ensuring you have approval from the school principal, with required attachments.
What is ABACUS?
Hamilton Community Foundation has a commitment to increasing the likelihood that young people who face multiple barriers will graduate high school and access post-secondary opportunities by focusing on the pivotal middle school years and supporting the transition into high school. We are doing this through an initiative called ABACUS, launched in 2015. In spring 2022 we launched ABACUS Phase II: Equity, Wellness, Academic Achievement, which further refines our grants and systems change work to include:
A deeper focus on student populations who face persistent and pervasive barriers in the education system, and taking an intersectional approach to meeting their needs. This includes Indigenous, Black and racialized students; Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ students; students who are first-generation attenders (i.e. whose parents did not attend post-secondary); and students who are newcomers, male, have special education needs, have disabilities, have disciplinary records or who are from low-income families.
Expanding investment to include the transition period into the middle-school years (Grades 4 and 5), with a particular focus on addressing learning interruptions arising from the pandemic.
Increasing support for the transition out of the middle-school years and into high school, including Grade 9 and the transition into Grade 10.