Funding Opportunity: Strengthen Civics Education in Appalachian Ohio
Educating and equipping strong citizens is essential to strong communities and a strong democracy. That’s why the Longaberger Family Foundation and the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio are offering grants to K-12 public school faculty and staff working to strengthen long-term public engagement, civics literacy, and voter participation through civics education for young people. Applications are available here and will be accepted from K-12 public school faculty and staff in the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio through Tuesday, September 29.
This opportunity comes as knowledge of and trust in government has declined. A 2016 Annenberg Public Policy Center survey found that only 26% of Americans can name all three branches of government; public trust in government stands at just 17% according to the Pew Charitable Trust in a 2018 study; and voter participation in 2018 was just over 53% according to the US Census Bureau. Only 24% of American eighth-graders performed at or above the proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) civics exam in 2018.
An effective civics education provides students with the knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary to become informed and engaged citizens. This grant program seeks to support those efforts by providing educators with resources to actively implement civics education opportunities for K-12 public school students.
Eligibility and Application Information
Applicants must demonstrate administrative approval for grant applications. This might include a principal, a curriculum director, or superintendent depending on the nature of the project and your school’s reporting lines. Applicants must submit this form to demonstrate administrative approval.
Requests must be between $500 and $2,500, and more than $30,000 in funding is available. Grantees will be notified in October, 2020.
Projects will engage students in practicing citizenship skills within or beyond the classroom walls, whether education is in-person or remote. Projects might provide opportunities for experiential learning, allow students to apply lessons learned to local problem-solving through local community issues, engage students in community service and service learning opportunities, provide necessary tools, resources, or materials, or otherwise empower students to grow as citizens.
Funding will support but is not limited to:
- Tangible opportunities to practice citizenship skills, for example mock elections;
- Support for technology, educational materials, and other tools that facilitate civics education in a COVID-19 environment and over the long-term;
- Projects and other opportunities that provide for experiential learning opportunities as it relates to civics education;
- Resources to implement community service and service learning opportunities;
- Opportunities to apply local problem-solving to academic content;
- Experiential opportunities to observe the practice of citizenship activities firsthand;
- Resources to conduct voter registration, candidate meet and greets, debates, and other citizen activities as appropriate;
- Projects that connect students with local officials by identifying a local challenge and providing the opportunity for students to develop and present potential solutions to local officials;
- Activities that engage critical thinking to issues around civics education; and
- Implementing civics education at all age levels, including through the purchase of new curriculums.
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