Alabama Power Foundation supports educators this new school year with classroom grants

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The Alabama Power Foundation is offering a second round of its Classroom Grants. (Getty Images)

As school gets underway across the state, the Alabama Power Foundation is offering teachers a second round of Classroom Grants this year, supporting their efforts to strengthen the learning experience for students.

The Classroom Grant program provides up to $1,000 to teachers to help cover the cost of materials, technology or supplies. Nonprofits that support teachers are also eligible to apply.

Grants can be used to help teachers with pandemic-related challenges, such as improving virtual learning, paying for cleaning and sanitation supplies for the classroom, or to support the mental health needs of students and educators.

“Teaching is a challenge any day, but the past few years have been especially tough,” said Margaret White, manager of Community Initiatives for the Alabama Power Foundation. “Teacher grants are one way we are trying to help make that job just a little easier while providing a direct benefit to students, as well.”

The Classroom Grant program supports schools in Alabama where the financial needs are greatest. Elementary, middle and high schools with 50% or more of their students receiving free or reduced-price lunches are eligible for support.

Grants can be directed to bolster classroom learning, to support school libraries, to enhance classroom Wi-Fi access, and multiple other uses. Click here for more details about the grant criteria and requirements.

Applications will be accepted starting Aug. 26. The deadline to apply is Sept. 16. For more information about the Classroom Grant program or to apply, click here.

The Alabama Power Foundation is committed to empowering communities, bridging gaps of inequity, and improving the quality of life for all Alabamians. Funded by shareholder dollars, the foundation provides philanthropic support to Alabama communities, nonprofits, and educational institutions. To learn more about the foundation and its charitable initiatives, please visit powerofgood.com.

Republished with the permission of The Alabama NewsCenter.