History Projects

Teaching with Primary Sources:
Mini-Grant Program
$300 Stipend
$50 for Materials
Deadline for Applications October 1st, 2010

The Jamestown Public Schools is awarding mini-grants of $300 for developing, implementing, and participating in a classroom project linking local historical materials and events to the collections at the Library of Congress.

Funding is provided through the Teaching with Primary Sources program of the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/).

The purpose of these grants is:
· to provide support to teachers and others in the use of primary sources from the Library of Congress’ (LOC) online resources for local history projects
· to help teachers cover the costs of implementing local history projects in their classrooms

Preference for mini-grant awards will be given to applications that meet the majority of our project guidelines, which are listed below. The most critical guideline that all projects must contain is the delivery of classroom projects that demonstrate the use of the LOC resources.

Mini-Grant Guidelines

Applicants are limited to one mini-grant submission per person. Grants will be paid to the teacher directly or for Jamestown Public School teaches to the school district for payment upon successful completion of the project and submission of final report to the project director.

1. Applications must involve a minimum of five students. There is no maximum.

2. Mini-grants will be offered on a rolling basis until funding is depleted. Preference is given on a first-come, first-served basis.

3. Applications must include:
A. A brief narrative about your project to incorporate primary sources from the Library of Congress and associated local history primary sources into your school/classroom. (1000 word maximum.)
B. Successful candidates will receive a $300 stipend upon completion of their project and submission of final report. An allowance of $50 will be reimbursed upon submission of original receipts. Please note that we cannot pay sales tax on the items purchased.

4. Applications will be reviewed for:
A. Clarity of need
B. Description of activities and an implementation timeline
C. List of expected outcomes for participants/impact on learning
D. Alignment with NYS Learning Standards.

5. Applicants who receive mini-grants must agree to:
A. Submit their final write-up reports for publication on the program wiki, a website to showcase and share their ideas with other professionals
B. Submit examples of student annotated bibliographies with citations from the Library of Congress.
C. Complete the project; submit all reimbursement requests and final report to Paul Benson by November 1, 2010.
D. Successful applicants will be eligible for basic training and support materials provided by the TPS Jamestown staff.


Project Application Here: