Helen Pouch Memorial Fund
Purpose: Why Classroom Grants?
•Since its inception, the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund has traditionally supported theDAR’s mission of Education. The history of the fund has shown a desire by Juniors tohelp as many students as possible.
•Supporting classrooms in each state allows for states and Juniors to see the impact of ourfundraising, no matter their proximity to a DAR supported school.
•Two grants are available for each state and the District of Columbia.
•Applicants must be a classroom teacher for grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
•Must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter and complete the grant award application.
•Proposed projects must directly benefit students in the classroom. Funds may be used for supplies and educational resources but the applicant must detail how these items help to further the educational goals of the DAR. Grants must directly impact students and maynot be used for continuing education/workshops for the teacher.
Junior Membership Classroom Grant Timeline:
•February 15 through May 1, 2022: Application period open to classroom teachers.
•May 15, 2022: Applications due from chapter to State Junior Membership Chair.
Who is considered a classroom teacher? A classroom teacher is a teacher in a public or private school system. They can teach a core subject or other group setting classes in grades K-12. Individual programs like speech or occupational therapy are not eligible. The teacher holds a contract for the following school year and can have the application endorsed by a principal, headmaster, or superintendent to verify employment. Home school teachers are not considered classroom teachers. The goal of the classroom grant program is to do the greatest good for the great number of students.
Can a non-regular education teacher apply if they meet the definition of a classroom teacher? Special education services vary from state to state and it must be clear that the teacher is teaching a classroom of students and not providing pull out service.
•An example of a classroom would be: A reading class is being taught to a group ofstudents by the special education teacher.
•An example of pull-out service (not eligible) would be: a special education teacherworking with students on reading for a class that is being taught by another teacher.
Can a classroom grant be used by the school lunch program? No, grant funds must be used for education setting activities in a classroom.
Can a classroom grant be used by a classroom teacher to invite a guest expert performer/lecturer to come and teach classes in a classroom as a way to extending the learning experience of students? Yes, this fits the definition of the focus on student learning of the grant program. This activity has a direct benefit to the students’ learning.
Can a classroom grant be used by a classroom teacher to take students on an out of school field trip to cover the cost of entry of students to a learning venue? Yes, this is an activity that is focused on education to help expand the classroom learning experience. This activity has a direct benefit to the students’ learning.
Can a classroom grant be used by a classroom teacher to develop/deliver online curriculum? Yes, virtual learning (as authorized by the respective school district) is an accepted method of bringing the teacher to the virtual classroom. This activity has a direct benefit to the students’ learning.
Can a DAR member apply for a grant? Yes! DAR members who meet the eligibility requirements of classroom teachers may apply for the grant. They should not list their DAR membership as part of their application, as no preference should be given to DAR members when reviewing the applications and grants should be awarded based on the merits of the application alone.