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Alabama Power Foundation accepting applications for two new teacher grant programs

Applications are now available for two new teacher grant programs from the Alabama Power Foundation aimed at boosting achievement and preparing public school students for college and careers.

Last month, the foundation announced the creation of the new Scholar and Champion grants. Focusing on educators at public schools in communities with higher rates of poverty, the grants offer resources that can be used to help raise student performance in key subjects and equip teachers with tools and professional training.

“We encourage teachers and teacher teams to apply for these new grants,” said the foundation’s Margaret White.

“Scholar and Champion grants were designed with input from teachers. They reflect what teachers themselves told us – the support they need to help elevate student performance,” said White, Community Initiatives manager – Charitable Giving.

Scholar Grants support public school teachers in grades two through eight, with a focus on boosting student achievement in math and English language arts to grade-level proficiency or better.

Champion Grants are for public school teachers in grades nine through 11, and are focused on better preparing students in math and science so they are career- or college-ready by graduation.

Up to $7,500 is available for each Scholar or Champion grant award. Teachers can apply individually or as collaborative teacher teams, targeting a specific grade level and subject area to raise student achievement. The grants are available to support public schools where at least 50% of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches.

The grants can be used for a variety of purposes: to secure instructional materials; for professional development and training; or to purchase classroom technology, such as laptops and projectors, software and online resources.

Applications for the Scholar and Champion grants are posted on the Alabama Power Foundation website. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 3.

To learn more about the new Scholar grants, click here. To learn more about Champion grants, click here.

The Alabama Power Foundation is committed to empowering communities, bridging gaps of inequity and improving the quality of life for all Alabamians. Funded by shareholder dollars, the foundation provides philanthropic support to Alabama communities, nonprofits and educational institutions. To learn more about the Alabama Power Foundation and its initiatives, please visit