Teacher Mini-Grants
Our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) invites teachers to apply for mini-grants to help them out in the classroom. Whether it’s a new idea or that little extra you need to make your lesson plans great, you can brighten your classroom with help from the YAC.

Public and private school teachers and counselors in Muskegon/Oceana/Mason Counties are eligible to apply. You can only submit one application, and grants are limited to one per classroom and one per teacher per school year.

Grants can be up to $250 for specific projects or programs including: program enhancement that meets curriculum guidelines, expanding an already existing unit, student awards, special events, professional development, artists in residence and parent involvement programs. Grants are not awarded for basic, everyday supplies. YAC does not typically fund field trips, iPads, or school store projects.


Deadline for Oceana: February 8, 2019

Deadline for Mason: October 2019 - date TBA

Deadline for Muskegon: October 2019 - date TBA

Grant awards are distributed about six weeks after the application deadline.  


Teacher mini-grant applications should be submitted online via our Submittable service. An evaluation and photos will be required for each mini-grant that is funded. Please read the instructions prior to creating your registration, or completing the application.     

New This Round for Teachers Within Muskegon County

Preference will be given to Teacher Mini-Grant applications that are in support of programming that directly impacts areas of greatest need among youth in Muskegon County, as determined by the 2018 Community Needs Assessment Survey (For detailed information about the survey, visit www.muskegonfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/YAC-2018-Needs-Assessment-Survey.pdf) . These areas are:

  • Academic Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Mental Health
  • Low Self-Esteem

The application will ask you to share the names of any resources you may have used in your lesson plans. This is not a required field. For suggestions on lesson plans, visit www.LearningToGive.org. 

All Counties: If interested in  additional mini-grant opportunities for service learning, please visit https://www.learningtogive.org/get-started/mini-grants-service-learning.