Teachers and support professionals spend nearly $2,000 of their own money on supplies each year.
“Never before have our nation’s teachers been asked to do so much with so little. With education budgets stretched thin and schools cutting back on supplies, teachers and other education professionals often pay out-of-pocket for materials and resources they use to enhance the classroom while educating our students.” –Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nevada)
Having touched the lives of tens of thousands of students and teachers in her 40+ year career in public education, Rita Langworthy knew the importance of teacher resources and the frustratingly paralyzing challenges of gravely underfunded programs.
The Rita Langworthy Foundation’s Educator Mini Grant program was created in 2018 to help fund classroom expenses of public educators serving at-risk children. The Rita Langworthy Foundation makes grants to educators who directly serve student populations in Flint, MI, the five boroughs of New York City, as well as nationwide. The Rita Langworthy Foundation has a commitment to public schools, nonprofit education centers and dedicated educators. The Rita Langworthy Foundation seeks to fund educators who provide services that yield measurable results.
Potential grant recipients are screened to determine whether they effectively aid at-risk children. The Rita Langworthy Foundation Board of Directors conduct site visits (when possible) and interviews, analyze outcomes and financial data, perform supplementary research and check references to ensure that The Rita Langworthy Foundation is making a sound, smart investment.
The Rita Langworthy Foundation seeks to help fund public educators’ programs and projects in Flint, MI, New York, NY, and nationwide with the following characteristics:
- A bold idea that is feasible
- Clear sense of mission and the steps needed to accomplish that mission
- Existing evaluation procedures or willingness to evaluate and measure outcomes
- Longitudinal data of on-going efforts
- Commitment to, and knowledge of, the population served
- High quality, dedicated staff
Educators who do not wish to evaluate the outcomes of their efforts should not apply to The Rita Langworthy Foundation for funds.
The Rita Langworthy Foundation considers requests (maximum $250) for specific programs and projects that enrich and provide educational opportunities for at-risk children.
PROGRAMS WE DO NOT SUPPORT
The Rita Langworthy Foundation does not make grants to technical assistance providers, other funders, for profit education organizations, or for capital, renovation or general operating funds. The Rita Langworthy Foundation does not give grants to distribute propaganda, to attempt to influence legislation or the outcome of any public election or to engage in any activity that is not exclusively charitable or educational. The Rita Langworthy Foundation will not support organizations that discriminate against people seeking either services or employment based on race, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation or physical disability.
Applications are accepted year-round, and grant decisions will be made by The Rita Langworthy Foundation’s Board of Directors on a quarterly basis. Due to the high number of applications, The Rita Langworthy Foundation cannot guarantee that all applications will be considered by the Board at the first meeting after the application is received. If you submitted an application but were denied The Rita Langworthy Foundation funding in the past, please wait a minimum of one year from the date of denial before reapplying.
Please complete the entire application. If the application itself raises questions or poses difficulties, please feel free to contact us for clarification. Once the application has been submitted, you will receive a notice acknowledging its receipt. Please do not telephone us to ask about its status. We will let you know The Rita Langworthy Foundation’s decision as soon as possible, although decisions may take up to four months.
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To apply for a Rita Langworthy Foundation Educator Mini Grant, CLICK HERE.
Questions about our grant making process can be directed here.