The Mini-Grant program provides small (up to $500) seed-money
grants to teachers in the member schools to help develop
projects that will improve or enhance science education
for their students. This program is supported by donations,
mostly by science-related businesses and individuals.
The Mini-Grant program supports inquiry-based science,
builds science-education capacity, encourages the use
of science resources from the community, and creates opportunities
not ordinarily funded by the schools. Mini-Grant applications
are reviewed in November, March, and May. They may be
submitted at any time.
A sampling of projects awarded in previous years include:
- A study of a local pond involving several teachers,
town employees, local experts, and parent volunteers.
This project has become a regular part of the curriculum,
reaching students year after year, and creating a meaningful
data base of information about the conditions and inhabitants
of the pond.
- A collaboration between a teacher and a biological
illustrator to teach students the basics of nature illustration,
and to help them develop a field guide to the flora and
fauna of their school yard.
- A collaboration between a teacher and a parent group
to develop and then make “Take-home Family Math
- Projects to create communication linkages between classrooms
and research vessels at sea. Scientists visit the classroom
to make personal contact and to discuss their research
before and after the voyage.
- A project involving a teacher, parents, and an expert
from a local historical site to develop a native species
garden and a composting project on the school grounds
to enhance the 3rd grade curriculum.
Interested in applying for a Mini-Grant? Click
here for our FAQs.
Teachers and their project partners from the member schools
in Bourne, Falmouth, and Mashpee, MA, can dowload
a copy of the application here
(33 KB PDF file). Completed applications must be mailed
or faxed as indicated on the application.