Grants available for elementary school classrooms

June 20, 2013

ProjectClassroom was developed to allow K-5 teachers to purchase supplies for their classrooms. There are a total of four $1,000 grants that will be awarded. Classroom supplies, field trips, technology, books—the possibilities are endless! 

One of the 2012 ProjectClassroom winners was Camille Helgeson, first grade teacher at Meeker Elementary, Ames. Funds will be used to purchase non-fiction books in the areas of science, social studies and biographies for early and emergent readers to be used during independent reading time. She is pictured here with her 2012-2013 students when Greater Iowa presented the check to her in October 2012.

The online nomination form includes a 500-word or more essay explaining how the funds will be used. Successful essays will include how the grant will enhance the learning in the classroom, what creative features make it stand out from traditional teaching approaches, how much the project/technology/item will cost and if it has approval from the school’s administration.

Nominations can come from members, teachers, students and administrators. The classroom must be within our field of membership of 31 counties in central Iowa. Additional information on ProjectClassroom and the application is located on our web site at The application deadline is September 1, 2013. A group of judges will evaluate all submissions and select winners without the knowledge of the school’s location or nominating teacher. Grants will be awarded October 1, 2013.

Questions regarding the ProjectClassroom program should be directed to Greater Iowa’s marketing department at


For More Information:

Contact:          Michael Adams, vice president of marketing and public relations
Phone:            515.956.3080