The Meemic Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Michigan-based Meemic Insurance Co., has been offering financial assistance in the form of grants to schools and educators since 1992. The foundation announced that it has expanded its program and will immediately begin accepting grant applications from Illinois educators.
Since its inception, the foundation has touched more than 1.5 million students through its financial support of education initiatives.
The Meemic Foundation offers grant opportunities on a quarterly basis and provides as much as $1,000 per request to support a variety of educational initiatives.
According to a recent study conducted by Perry Research Professionals for the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA), public school teachers in the United States spend more than $1.33 billion out-of-pocket on school supplies and instructional materials. Individual teachers spend an average of $356 of their own money on supplies and resources, including an average of $170 on supplies and $186 on instructional materials.
Grant applications are evaluated based on a variety of criteria that are provided on The Meemic Foundation website.
Any employee of any Illinois public, private, charter or parochial school, from pre-school through higher education, may apply for a Meemic grant. Educators from the same school are welcome to submit proposals for different programs and applications are accepted year-round. The deadline for applications for the first round is March 31, 2014. Grant recipients will be notified in May 2014and funds will be made available immediately.
Source: The Meemic Foundation