All grant programs funded by the Foundation are made possible by generous donations from individuals, organizations, and businesses in our community.  The grant process is competitive, and the selection committee is comprised of teacher representatives from MCCSC schools, FMCCS Board members, and donors.

2023-2024 Curriculum Enrichment & Small Science and Environmental Grants

Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship

Writing for a Change - Grant provides for Women Writing for a Change to facilitate a six-week writing opportunity for students.

Arlington Heights Elementary

Bats of Indiana - Project to support the learning of bats in Indiana through expert guest visits, educational resources, and hands-on lessons. Students will assist in the construction of two bat nesting boxes for the school grounds and the planting of night-blooming flowers to provide a food source for the bats.

Binford Elementary

Ceramics Program at Binford - Funding for a kiln at Binford Elementary to be used by both Binford and Rogers Elementary students.

After-School Recorder Ensemble - Will fund the purchase of alto recorders to expand the after-school recorder ensemble.

Creating A Sensory Library for All Learners - Creation of a "sensory library" including flexible seating and sensory tools that can not only be used in the library but also be lent to teachers across the school to try in their classrooms.

Reading Connections -Expert recommended books for special education students.

Binford in Bloom - Materials to establish an interactive native wildflower and pollinator garden to support educational and social emotional goals.

Bloomington High School North

Podcasting: Student Voice in the Community - Recording equipment for students in Journalism and Student Media to create podcasts.

Cameras for BHSN Photography - Cameras for Photography class at BHSN to help students create a professional portfolio, access not only beginning photography but also AP photography classes, and avoid using personal equipment.

Wildcare Inc. Guest Speakers and Animal Ambassadors Visit - Event highlighting biology curriculum including habitats, predator prey interactions, ecology and evolution.

Bloomington High School South

Environmental Field Trip - Field trip highlighting science curriculum for AP Environmental Science students.

Clear Creek Elementary

Building Bridges to Success in Literacy - Funding will provide books for a multi-grade special needs classroom.

A Space for Every Body - Age-appropriate, flexible seating for special education students.

Fairview Elementary

Zimbabwean Marimbas - Will fund additional marimbas for an already very successful program at Fairview Elementary, allowing more students to benefit. Provided through Hutton Global Grant partnership and the IU African Studies Department.

Grandview Elementary

Grandview Pollinator Garden - Creation of a hands-on space for exploration of pollinators, plants, computer science, art, and AI through planting of a low-maintenance pollinator garden that will include a smart AI bird feeder, trail camera, weather station, and bat house.

Highland Park Elementary

Early Learning Bicycle Repair Shop - Spare parts and tools to repair broken tricycles, engaging preschool students in the process as well as saving resources.

Highland Park Esports - Funding to start-up an Esports club with Nintendo Switch consoles, games, and controllers, to engage students not typically participating in other clubs and support Math and Science standards.

Light Table - A light table to engage early learning students with hands-on, sensory learning. Students can explore the sciences through natural materials, different colors of light, and the exploration of varied materials.

Calming Classrooms Are Successful Classrooms - Colorful and partitioned rugs to support classroom management.

Power Readers Today...Leaders Tomorrow - Power Readers and Super Charged Readers book collections.

Lakeview Elementary School

STEM to Nature Outdoor Classroom - Materials to support a STEM-based outdoor classroom in the pursuit of Lakeview receiving IDOE STEM Certification. Materials include picnic tables (to be built by BHSS students), science inquiry materials, trail cameras, binoculars, etc.

Marlin Elementary

K/1 Marlin Outdoor Learning Garden - Design and creation of an outdoor learning garden and associated curriculum. Includes not only materials but expert design for a sustainable garden and reusable curriculum. Initially serves K-1 but will expand to all grade levels over a few years.

Templeton Elementary

Let's Move! - Funding of materials to support motion, movement, and explorations of objects in the physical world to promote healthy lifestyles and activity in early learning.

Insects in Our Environment - Supplies to support hands-on learning of metamorphosis and life stages for early learning students.

Tri-North Middle School

The Autism Helper Curriculum Support - Access to curriculum for science, social studies, and SEL for community based (CB) classrooms.

Literary Leaders - Will fund a library speaker program called BookBreak that helps bring seven authors for virtual presentations throughout the school year as well as accompanying books.

University Elementary

Pre-K and Kindergarten Outdoor Inquiry Lab - Will provide much-needed updates to the PreK and Kindergarten playground by creating inquiry stations based on International Baccalaureate units and Learner Profiles including Music, Science, Math, Art, Sensory and Building Investigations.

Recycling T-Shirts Into Bags! - Will provide fabric scissors and supplies for students to make old t-shirts into reusable shopping bags teaching sustainability and environmental impact.

The ArtBotics Project - Funding for robots to support an ArtBotics club that combines robotics and visual arts.

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