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Education Foundation / Mini Grants
The Education Foundation of Oconee County was established through a joint effort of the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, the public schools, and Athens Academy with the primary goal of developing the greatest resource in Oconee County-its people.

​The function of the Foundation is to receive and administer funds for enhancing education in Oconee County. Funds are sought through gifts, grants, bequests, donations, memorials, and philanthropic sources. The Education Foundation is a tax-exempt corporation and any funds contributed to the Education Foundation are tax deductible and administered by the Board of Directors.

The Education Foundation has developed a four-point "Strategy for Success" to help children, and those adults in need, achieve their educational goals:

1. Encourage Innovative Teaching (Mini-Grant program for teachers)
2. Providing Continuing Education (Scholarships for teachers to continue their education)
3. Recognize Excellence (Honoring teachers, students, and administrators who excel in fulfilling their potential in education)
4. Maintain Sound Fiscal Status (Contributions are tax deductible and administered by the Board of Directors)

Mini-Grant Program

​WHAT IS A MINI-GRANT?
The Education Foundation of Oconee County, Inc. has developed a program offering Mini-Grants to Oconee County teachers and staff who wish to implement creative, innovative educational projects for which funding is not available through regular school sources.

Mini-grant monies may be used to purchase materials, supplies, equipment, etc., necessary for the successful completion of the project.  For example, a Mini-Grant could be used to purchase science equipment for a special science experiment, or to purchase software packages for computer applications in any number of curriculum areas, or to fund parent study skill programs designed to improve the quality of parental involvement in their child’s homework.

Specialized educational trips will be considered only if they are an integral part of the proposed project.  Mini-grant funds may not be used as personal honoraria for the applicant, other teachers, or other school personnel.

2017-2018 Mini-Grant Winners

​​​From left to right back row:  Cindy Rose (MBES), Amy Arnold (CFES), Maria Koch (OCPS), Jennifer Lance Yauck (OCHS), Julie Tolbert (OCES)
From left to right front row: Jacqueline Shoemaker (OCPS), Patrick Snead (AA), Allison Coleman (AA) and Mark Cunningham (AA)