Successful Mini Grants Help Local Educators

October 2, 2023

Mini Grants Make a Difference to Local Educators

Hamilton, OH – Members of the Hamilton Community Foundation Education Committee recently decided to provide mini-grants to Hamilton teachers who need a little extra to complete their classrooms.


Thanks to donations from the Cohen, Klink and Long families, the Lexie and Mary Katheryn Campbell Education Fund, Margaret and Earl Conrad Riverview Elementary Enrichment Fund and an anonymous donor, the Committee was able to award more than $14,000 in mini grants.


The Mini Grants 4 Teachers Fund at the Hamilton Community Foundation offered grants to teachers in the Hamilton City School District up to $300 for classroom enhancements.


“It’s gratifying to be able to help so many local educators this way,” says John Guidugli, President and CEO of the Hamilton Community Foundation. “We certainly hope to be able to offer these grants again in the future.”


Some of the things requested through the grants include sensory items, rugs and cushions to help calm students or provide then with a space to deescalate, games to help students learn math, modeling compound, lapdesks, hanging décor, Clorox wipes and dry erase markers and boards, to name a few.


“I want to express my gratitude,” says one recipient of a mini grant. “You helped me freshen up my board games. I love to use games as a tech free way to socialize. They also help to motivate students to get their work in on time!”


There were double the requests than the Foundation was able to support, which illustrates the need for these types of grants. The Hamilton Community Foundation Education Committee is  dedicated to this program.


Founded in 1951, The Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF) has the largest collective impact on the quality of life in Hamilton, Ohio. By professionally managing more than 1,000 individual, family and corporate funds, as well as nonprofit agency endowments, the Foundation awards more than $5 million in grants and scholarships annually. HCF works to address new and emerging issues of community concern, while remaining focused on health and social issues, education and community revitalization. As the largest community foundation in Butler County, HCF is a public charity with $140 million in assets