March 23, 2015

Area educators will have the opportunity to compete for approximately $120,000 in teacher creativity grants in this year’s grant program, sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Foundation.  Educators in Pre-K through 12th grade in the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County, North Carolina are eligible to apply.

Through a grant from the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF), the Chamber continues to support education as a cornerstone to the economic success and vitality of the Dan River region.

Grant applications and guidelines have been mailed to qualifying area educational institutions and may be requested from the Chamber office at 434-836-6990 or by emailing chamber@dpchamber.org.  Applications are due to the Chamber by June 15, 2015 and must be submitted by a cohort of teachers (two or more) representing an interdisciplinary team, grade level team, across grade level team, or division wide team.  Partnerships with educational, community, and business organizations are encouraged.

"We are excited to begin another teacher creativity grant cycle,” commented Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Laurie S. Moran, CCE. “This program supports the goals of the Chamber, the Danville Regional Foundation, and area businesses to help ensure educational readiness, in-school achievement, and post-secondary success.”

“The Chamber recognizes that quality schools must prepare our students for the future by promoting educational improvements,” Moran continued.  “Adequate funds are not always readily available to try innovative and creative programs that promote collaboration, communication skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Therefore, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, through the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Foundation, is pleased to offer grants for educational projects and/or programs.”

The Chamber began the education grant program in 1990 when Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s plant manager Ed Steffey saw classroom needs were not being met through traditional funding sources. Steffey partnered with the Chamber and started a golf tournament from which proceeds were earmarked for the teacher grant initiative.  Proceeds from the Goodyear Education 5K race also go toward the education grants and educational initiatives in this region. 

There are no minimum nor maximum monetary limits on the education grant awards.  Teachers and administrators are encouraged to submit their best, most creative ideas to the Chamber’s Grant Selection Committee.