Offer your students a fun experience, a sense of achievement and a source of pride!
An EJK Mini-Grant program is a creative and innovative activity … that takes place in class or out in the community … provides an enriched experience … and is funded solely by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. It is an opportunity for a public school teacher or librarian to present a special project outside the standard curriculum or an engaging way to help students meet curricular goals. Applications will be available in the spring.
- Eligibility & Guidelines
Who can apply?
- Who: Public schools, public libraries, preschools, Head Start programs
- Where: The United States and U.S. commonwealths and territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam
- Limit: Only one application per library or school
- Not eligible: Private schools, parochial schools, charter schools, not-for-profit organizations
- Do’s and Don’ts
- Instructions: These will give you a great advantage.
- Final Report: If you receive a grant, a Final Report is required. Read the Final Report Instructions so you will be prepared to document your work.
- Sample application form : Use as a guide to plan your program and budget.
- Program Elements: Make sure your program:
- has these three clear steps; 1) preparation and introduction, 2) activity & engagement, 3) final culmination/outcome.
- provides an enriched learning experience.
- is supported solely by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
- costs $500 or less.
- is offered free of charge.
- is implemented during the summer or school year following receipt of the Mini-Grant.
- Application Form: After you submit, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application. Print and save the application when you receive the confirmation link. If you receive a grant you will need a copy of your application to implement your program.
- Materials: Include only items that will be used in your program. Read more Our Policy on Materials
- Program Elements:
- Do not charge admission or make sales.
- Materials:Do NOT include the following. Your application will be disqualified.
- books, materials and equipment unrelated or incidental to the program
- books, materials and equipment intended for reuse outside the program
- Read more Our Policy on Materials
- general operating and administrative costs
- production or purchase of merchandise intended for sale
- Dates & Information
- Deadline: Submit by September 30th, 11:59 p.m.
- Email: Your application must include a functional email address to which you have free access. You can expect to receive emails from us.
- Confirmation: After you submit, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application. If you don’t receive the confirmation, notify us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Mini-Grants.”
- Mailing list: Applicants are added to the email list for the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s quarterly newsletter.
- Notification: You will be notified by email about the status of your application on or around October 15—whether or not your proposal has been accepted.
- Checks: Mini-Grant checks will be mailed on or around October 25th. Contact us if you have not heard from us by November 15.
- Lost checks: Replacements for lost or expired award checks will be issued with a $25 deduction.
- Final Reports: Due by 30 days after the completion of your project
- Final Report Instructions
A Final Report with all the five following elements is required as documentation of your program.
- Describe the activities and attendance?
- Did you reach your program goal?
- How did the actual program differ from your proposal?
- What worked? What didn’t work? What would you do differently? What surprised you?
- Educator Statement:
- What was the most rewarding aspect of creating and implementing your mini-program?
- What part of your mini-grant program was most valuable to your students/participants?
- What was most gratifying to you about being awarded a mini-grant?
- Student/Participant Statements:
- What was something new you learned?
- What surprised you?
- What was your favorite part of the program?
- Photographs of Program: (at least 5 photos of each stage) showing:
- Preparation for Program
- Student engagement in program activities
- Final outcome, students with their finished work.
- Please include any of these other formats that apply:
- announcements, flyers and articles
- audio, video or powerpoint presentations
- web, facebook, or social media (posts or links)
* We accept (jpg, jpeg or png)—the photos must be sent separately even if they are also included with, or embedded in a presentation (powerpoint, pdf, or video).
Print the Final Report Requirements to keep on hand as you implement your program.