Greenville Federal Credit Union announced it will award 10, $500 grants to Greenville County Schools teachers in August 2022. The grant program is designed to help teachers fund projects or needs within their classrooms for the 2022-23 school year.
Classroom spending surveys show that teachers spend an average of $478 of their own money to purchase supplies and equipment for their classrooms, without any reimbursement. This is especially prevalent in high-poverty schools where out-of-pocket spending is significantly higher.
“We see the financial challenges teachers face every year to turn their classrooms into rich learning environments while providing basic supplies for students in need,” said credit union president, Paul Hughes. “Our goal with these Teacher Grants is to help fill in some of the gaps for the recipients. Greenville Federal Credit Union will always look for ways to help lessen the burden where we can and spotlight the needs of our public educators.”
The Teacher Grants application is currently open online and will close July 29, 2022. Grants will be announced and awarded the second week of August with checks mailed directly to the winners’ schools.
The Teacher Grants program was established as part of the launch of the credit union’s charitable foundation in November 2021. The Greenville Federal Credit Union Foundation exists to promote local prosperity by providing grants, educational scholarships, and other funding support for individuals and non-profit, community-based programs within Greenville County, SC, with a primary focus on youth and education. It relies on financial support from the credit union and through donations from members, business partners and the public. Funding is managed through a charitable donation account by the credit union’s philanthropic partner, Carolina’s Credit Union Foundation, a 501(c)(3), grant-making public foundation supported by the credit union system in the Carolinas.
For more information about the Greenville Federal Credit Union Foundation and the Teacher Grants program, visit www.greenvillefcu.com/foundation.
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