Create a college-going culture at your Tampa Bay school with the College Ready Tampa Bay Grant Program

Are you a Tampa Bay teacher or high school counselor interested in building a college-going culture at your school?  Get the funding you need to make it happen on DonorsChoose.org through grants made possible by the College Ready Tampa Bay Grant Program.

Extra Yard for Teachers, thanks to a generous grant from the Helios Education Foundation, is thrilled to announce three programs and grant opportunities for public school teachers and school counselors in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties! The goal of these grants is to strengthen a college-going culture in Tampa Bay—especially for low-income students and their families—so that more Tampa Bay students enroll in college or career school and complete a degree or vocational credential. This opportunity is presented in partnership with Florida College Access Network, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and the College Football Playoff Foundation.

Whether you’re planning a school-wide College Application Week, activities supporting students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or classroom activities that build a college-going culture for your students, these programs can help. Please be sure to follow all applicable guidelines from your school district regarding external grants, which you can reference here. Florida CAN will verify all applications with the school and/or school district before awarding the gift codes or classroom grants.

School district grant guidelines:

The types of grants offered:

  • Coordinate a College Application Week event in Fall 2016. High school counselors or teachers can earn up to $500 in DonorsChoose.org gift codes to coordinate a College Application Week at their schools (one grant per high school). Learn more.
  • Compete in the Florida FAFSA Challenge. High school counselors or teachers can earn up to $500 in DonorsChoose.org gift codes for their schools to support activities encouraging students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (one grant per high school). Learn more.
  • Build a college-going culture in your classroom. K-12 teachers can post a DonorsChoose.org project to help create a college-going culture for your students.  Learn more.

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Coordinate a College Application Week event in Fall 2016

Who qualifies:

Any full-time school counselor or teacher in a public high school in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties (one award of up to $500 DonorsChoose.org gift codes per school)

How to participate:

  1. By November 1, one counselor (or teacher) per school registers to coordinate a College Application Week event with Florida College Access Network here. Please be sure to follow all applicable guidelines from your school district regarding external grants, which you can reference here. Florida CAN will verify all applications with the school and/or school district before awarding the gift codes or classroom grants.
  2. Within five business days of verifying your application, Florida CAN will email you to let you know whether you have earned a $350 gift code for your school. For questions about your gift card, reach out here: crtb@floridacollegeaccess.org.
  3. Create a DonorsChoose.org project for the supplies you’ll need for your event. Make sure you include “College Application Week” in your project description, and select “College Planning” as your project’s subject area.  
  4. Once your project is posted, apply your $350 gift code to your project. Alternatively, you can apply your gift code to other projects that help to build a college-going culture at your school.
  5. Hold your College Application Week event!
  6. By December 1, 2016, complete Florida CAN’s survey including the number of students participating and number of applications completed to earn an extra $150 gift code for future college-culture building activities.

 

Compete in the Florida FAFSA Challenge

Who qualifies:

Any full-time school counselor or teacher in a public high school in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties (one DonorsChoose.org award of up to $500 per school)

How to participate:

  1. By November 1, 2016, one school counselor or teacher per school registers for the Florida FAFSA Challenge with Florida College Access Network here. Please be sure to follow all applicable guidelines from your school district regarding external grants, which you can reference here. Florida CAN will verify all applications with the school and/or school district before awarding the gift codes or classroom grants.
  2. Within five business days of verifying your application, you’ll be notified about whether you’ve earned a $350 gift code for your school. If you have questions about your gift card, reach out here: crtb@floridacollegeaccess.org.
  3. Create a DonorsChoose.org project for the supplies you’ll need for activities that support students and families with FAFSA completion. Make sure you include “FAFSA Challenge” in your project description, and select “College Planning” as your project’s subject area. 
  4. Once your project is posted, apply your $350 gift code to your project. Alternatively, you can apply your gift code to other projects that help to build a college-going culture at your school.
  5. Hold your FAFSA completion activities!
  6. Schools that increase their FAFSA completion rate by at least 5% by March 31, 2017 compared to 2016 will receive an extra $150 DonorsChoose.org gift code to help out with College Decision Day events for their college-bound seniors or to support other activities that build a college-going culture for your students. You can check your school’s progress here.

 

Build a college-going culture in your classroom

Who qualifies:

Any K-12 teacher in a public school in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties. This grant is awarded selectively, to the project ideas that show the greatest promise for contributing to a college-going classroom culture.  Teachers at highest-poverty and high-poverty schools will receive priority consideration.

How to participate:

  1. By November 1, 2016, register your intent to apply for the selective College Ready Tampa Bay Classroom Grant here. Please be sure to follow all applicable guidelines from your school district regarding external grants, which you can reference here. Florida CAN will verify all applications with the school and/or school district before awarding the gift codes or classroom grants.
  2. By November 1, 2016, create a DonorsChoose.org project for supplies that will help build a college-going culture in your classroom, such as activities related to career interests, college campus visits, field trips, applied learning activities—you are limited only by your imagination!  
  3. Make sure you include “College Culture Classroom Project” in your project description and check “College Planning” as your project’s subject area.
  4. You will be notified by January 2017 whether your project has been selected for funding! If you have questions, reach out here:crtb@floridacollegeaccess.org.