Teacher Grants


Bright Minds awards grants competitively once per year to HCPSS teachers and staff to support innovative instructional projects that build 21st century skills in students and are often paid for out of pocket. Projects that are selected for funding must address one of the competency areas below – they must also support the Foundation principles of equity and equality, education innovation, and building skills for a lifetime.

  1. Cultural Proficiency, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  2. Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurship Literacy
  3. Fine Arts
  4. Humanities
  5. Health and Wellness Awareness
  6. Informations and Communications Technology Literacy
  7. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Applications are solicited once per year, around March.  Applicants can request grants in the amount up to $2000. Donors are needed to fund full grants or contribute to grants in a variety of topical areas. Funding is provided by general donations from individuals and businesses, as well as specific donations from organizations which support the one or more of the competency areas. 

We thank Comcast and Northrop rumman for their support of our recent Staff and Teacher Grant Program awardees.

2018 / 2019 Staff and Teacher Awardees

Application / Awardee School Grant Amount Name of Project
Kenneth Brown Applications and Research Lab $1500 EMT Academy-Into the Future
Alyson Donoghue Applications and Research Lab $1579 Isolation and Analysis of Chesapeake Thraustochytrids
Charles Lidard Atholton HS $627 Mr. Bucket’s By-Pass Surgery
David Floyd and Elissa Hozore Bellows Spring ES $1476 Bee-Gin Computer Science with Bee-Bots
Beth Ivey Bellows Spring ES $600 Buddy Bench
Raymond Gerstner Glenelg HS $600 Glenelg First Robotics Team
Joshua Mize Glenelg HS $1842 Coding a Pathway to STEM Experiences
Anne Reis Homewood Center $450 Truth and Racial Healing Book Club
Jon Hollander Howard HS $780 Rho Kappa Oral History Project
Sarah McGuire Laurel Woods ES $1123 We Can Code Project