How We Have Helped
Through the Foundation and its generous sponsors, Lucerne Valley Unified School District students are provided diverse educational experiences in the sciences funded by mini-grants. Mini-grants are awarded in the Spring and Fall to teachers to supplement science education both in and out of the classroom, including field trips, special projects and activities. Over $70,000 has been awarded to fund these experiences.
Applying for MCCEF Mini-Grants
The goals and purposes of the Mitsubishi Cement Corporation Educational Foundation (MCCEF) are to develop and implement educational programs for the students of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District that enhance the educational experience that would otherwise be unavailable to them, with an emphasis on the natural and applied sciences that foster ethical, social, and intellectual development, that nurture the student’s capacities to think skillfully and critically, and that promotes commitments to life‐long education, creativity, personal responsibility and respect for others.
WHAT IS THE MCCEF MINI‐GRANT PROGRAM?
In addition to providing scholarships for Lucerne Valley High School Seniors, the MCCEF supports innovative programs at the classroom and / or site level. Teachers may apply for mini‐grants of up to $2000 individually, or up to $3000 as a team to develop and implement programs which enrich the student experience. MCCEF Mini‐Grants should be used to benefit students in the school year received. Equipment purchased under this grant will remain the property of the school.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any Lucerne Valley teacher(s) may apply. These grants should be for projects or programs that would be designed and implemented by students with faculty support.
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TYPES OF MCCEF GRANT APPLICATIONS
Examples of acceptable MCCEF mini‐grants include (but are not limited to):
- Computer software or hardware
- Science Equipment
- Library Science Books
- Science Studies
- Classroom materials
- Field Trips / Assemblies
The MCCEF mini‐grant program committee encourages applicants to be creative!
Fall Mini‐Grant applications must be submitted to the District Superintendent’s Secretary between May 1st and June 1st of each year. The District will review them for completeness and conformity with the Foundation’s requirements as set forth in this Mini‐Grant Information and Application Form, and submit them to the Foundation no later than June 10th for consideration at the June Board Meeting. Spring Mini‐Grant applications must be submitted to the District Superintendent’s Secretary between November 1st and December 1st of each year. The District will review them for completeness and conformity with the Foundation’s requirements as set forth in this Mini‐Grant Information and Application Form, and submit them in one email and one hard‐copy packet to the Foundation no later than December 10th for consideration at the December Foundation Board Meeting.
- Fill out the attached Mini Grant Application, with all information including signatures of principal and teacher(s), and itemized Budget Request / Explanation.
- Include a Narrative of the proposal. Submit on white, 8½” by 11” paper with legible print or type.
- Submit the completed mini‐grant application package: Mini Grant Application Form and Proposal Narrative to the Lucerne Valley Unified School District Office, Attn: District Superintendent’s Secretary.
- The awardee (or, in the case of a joint application, the lead awardee) will be responsible for submitting a written post‐event report with photographs and event materials to the Foundation.
Please address the following elements using no more than two single‐spaced pages:
- 1. Need: Briefly explain the need for your proposed project.
- 2. Goal: State the desired outcome(s) of this project. How many students will be involved? How will this project positively impact these students?
- 3. Methods: Describe the major activities students/teachers will engage in to accomplish your goals; explaining how this project builds upon or departs from existing curriculum and/or classroom practice.
- 4. Evaluation: How will you know that you achieved the goals of the project? (i.e. How will you demonstrate that the project made a difference in your students’ lives?)
- 5. Dissemination: How and will you share the successes/challenges of the project with others (including the MCCEF mini‐grant program committee?
- 6. Timeline: Please provide a timeline of all activities for your project.
The Foundation will review District‐vetted applications, and evaluate them for completeness and compliance with the Foundation’s criteria, benefits to students and clarity. Fall Mini‐Grants will be awarded and funded by August 15th and Spring Mini‐Grants will be awarded and funded by January 15th.
The Foundation will send the approved Project Information Sheets for each awarded Mini‐Grant to the District’s Fiscal Services Clerk within five (5) business days of being awarded. Disbursals will be sent to the District’s Fiscal Services Clerk, upon receiving all invoices and receipts for the awarded project.
For questions or clarification, please contact the District Office at (760) 248‐6108
Important Note: Except for exigent circumstances, for which extensions may be granted by the Foundation, Teachers have only six months from the award date to use Mini‐Grants, after which the Mini‐grants will expire.