City of Monterey public school teachers (grades K through 12) are encouraged to apply for grants to support their student's education. For example, grants have been provided for the purchase of classroom materials, the support of specific projects, or to support general enhancements of student’s educational experiences. The program provides micro-grants up to $500 per classroom. Grant requests will be accepted from October 1, 2023 through November 30, 2023. The Project Helping Hand committee will meet after December 1, 2023 to review all requests. Notification of the committee’s funding decisions are provided to the school principals by January 1, 2024. Should any questions arise during the grant application process, please contact the Project Helping Hand chair, J.R. Rouse, email@example.com, 831-318-4062.
It is requested that grant requests be written on school letterhead, and must contain the following information:
1) The applicant's name, contact number and email address.
2) The specific dollar amount requested, which includes tax and shipping if applicable.
3) The approximate number of students benefited by the grant.
4) The anticipated date the grant will be used.
5) The principal's signed and dated endorsement of the grant application.
The Project Helping Hand (PHH) committee reviews all submitted applications. Once the grant request has been approved, an approval letter is sent to the school’s principal for signature. This approval letter states the grant's purpose and specific amount. Once signed by the principal, it is agreed that the grant will be used exclusively for the stated purpose.
In the interest of transparency and community trust in the PHH program, work files of each awarded grant are maintained by the PHH committee. Part of this process includes a full accounting of the funds provided. This practice helps to ensure that 100% of PHH’s annual budget is utilized entirely for school grants. Acceptance of a PHH grant thereby entails agreement that in the advent grant funds are not utilized, the funds will be returned to be redistributed through the PHH program.
In order to publicize the PHH program, we always appreciate thank you letters from students and/or digital photos taken of the grant in use.
In the interest of protecting children’s privacy, please always ensure that digital photos supplied to the PHH committee have been authorized for publication on our Facebook page and/or website.