2014 Technology Initiative Announced

Technology InitiativeOn the heels of receiving overwhelming positive results from the 2012 Technology Initiative and celebrating those successes with a Public Forum, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to announce they will be funding another Technology Initiative in 2014.

In May of 2012, over $130,000 was granted to our community by the Grays Harbor Community Foundation through five school districts to integrate technology into classrooms. Those districts have had the opportunity to utilize the upgraded technology and adapt their curriculum to include the digital assets for an entire school year. They have recently shared the results of their work via thorough and overwhelmingly encouraging final reports. A short video was also produced sharing how the grant funds are being used day-to-day and highlighting the qualitative and quantitative successes the schools have achieved. View it here: http://gh-cf.org/technology.html.

The Foundation is particularly pleased to learn that the first round of funding has resulted in decreasing learning disparities due to income.  This second round of funding will be focused on those projects that strive to reduce disparities and target students that might otherwise have limited access to technology for learning.

The purpose of these grants is to support school districts in implementing new and innovative teaching tools and methods to increase student learning potential and performance.

The application is now open on Grays Harbor Community Foundation’s website. Applicants must visit http://gh-cfgrants.egrant.net to create an account and begin an application. The deadline for all submissions is 5 p.m. on April 1, 2014. Grant awards will be announced no later than May 15, 2014, and grant activities should be complete by the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Grant funds can be used for purchasing technology equipment and software, staff training, and/or student evaluation measures. This grant has been designed to help school districts be on the forefront of innovation, therefore applicants are also asked about plans for integrating this technology into all aspects of the district operations.