Mini Grants

About the PSP Mini Grants 

The Appalachian State University Partnership Mini Grants are intended to build relationships between Appalachian State faculty members by engaging in collaborative projects that are connected to internships, student teaching, professional development of teachers, and/or student learning (P12 and preservice teachers). The funding should not be used to take the place of current monies, but should be used to expand or refine existing efforts or to begin new initiatives. Partnership districts include Avery, Ashe, Alleghany, Alexander, Caldwell, Burke, Elkin City, Watauga, Newton-Conover City, NC School for the Deaf, and Wilkes.

The following guidelines should be followed in designing a project proposal:

  • Groups should include public school teachers or administrators, education faculty, and pre-service teachers if possible.
  • Funding for grants is contingent on available resources and number of grants submitted.
  • $500-$1,000 is the funding range. Stipends for teachers are allowed by the University with specific paperwork. Funds may be used for substitute pay, classroom resources, registration, or faculty pay.

Important Considerations
Projects should be focused on the preparation and/or professional development of practicing teachers, practicing administrators, practicing faculty members, or current students. Projects should include the involvement of teachers, administrators, teacher education/RCOE faculty, and/or clinical interns in the planning/implementation/evaluation process, when possible.

Deadline for Proposals: October 2, 2020; February 26, 2021
*All work and project evaluations should be submitted, and all funds should be spent by the end of each round of funding.
Award Notification- The review team will begin processing proposals as they are received.

Here is the revised Mini-Grant Application for the Febraury 26, 2021 deadline,  based on the PSP Mini-Grant committee's feedback. It will not be a Google Form this time, but rather it will be a Google Doc (forced copy). Applications must be emailed to me no later than Feb. 26th at 5pm. The Mini-Grant Committee will reconvene the first week of March to evaluate the applications for the spring of 2021. The rubric we will be using to evaluate and make decisions on funding is located at the bottom of the application as a resource and a guide for our applicants. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or questions about this application or rubric. 

The Grant Committee chose the grants this fall based on their alignment to our goals of collaboration, sustainability, and innovation. According to our evaluation process, we will be able to fund 8 of the 21 applications/projects. We may not be able to fund the full projects proposed, but we have been able to commit some funding to the causes chosen. 

The current approved projects are as follows: 

1) Children's Literature in the Music Classroom; Ashe County: $525.34

2) Hands-on Weather Unit in 2nd Grade; Watauga County: $400.33

3) Bilingual Library in Elementary School; Elkin City: $600.00

4) School-wide Literature Appreciation; Watauga County: $400.00

5) Visual Journaling for Emotional Stability; Alexander County: $460.00

6) SPED Practicum Module Stipends; App State RCOE/Watauga County: $500 

7) Flexispot Desk Bikes; Watauga County: $500 or two bikes

8) Shinco Scopes for STEM Exploration; Watauga County: 5 microscopes or $500.00

See the full description of the PSP Mini-Grant Funded Projects here! And, check out our January PSP Newsletter for the Spring 2021 PSP Mini-Grants application link, which can also be found HERE!!