The Cruces Creatives Classroom Mini-Grant
The Cruces Creatives Classroom Mini-Grant, for Las Cruces public schools during the 2023 - 2024 school year, is to fund classroom projects and events in conjunction with Cruces Creatives' CommunityShare Las Cruces platform.
The Cruces Creatives Classroom Mini-Grant offers funding to K-12 educators in Las Cruces public schools to engage their students with a project or event with community partners.
A partner could be an artist, STEM expert, parent, retiree, nonprofit, local business, government employee, university staff/student, etc. Grant funds can be used for materials, equipment, compensation for community partners, and other expenses related to community engagement.
We encourage applications that:
• Involve teachers, students and community partners working together on “real-world” projects
• Engage multiple community partners from different disciplines, particularly the arts and STEM
• Involve a community partner over multiple sessions (vs "one-off" engagements)
• Include opportunities for student agency/student-driven projects
• Create collaboration among teachers
The below items should not be requested.**
Busing Entry fees / field trip costs Exceptions can be made when other funding sources have been exhausted Toys / giftcards / prizes Promotional materials Funding can be used to buy materials for students to make their own materials Pre-made objects, unless tied to an activity It is better for students to build their own objects whenever possible Guns or weapons Includes no field trips to places to use guns or weapons Sponsor fees / IDC for fairs Marketing for events run by adults Trampoline / bounce house Or other risky activities or materials Non-project clothing Furniture Tables, chairs, cabinets, etc Alcoholic beverages No explosives or fireworks Travel expenses* *Can be included as part of a speaker's fee Kits* *Only allowed if a community partner is directly tied to the use of the kit for the project Food* *May be allowed for special projects and if special funding is available. Please ask the Cruces Creatives team ahead of time. Speaker Fees* *Unless an activity or project is connected to the speakers' topic
**Depending on the project, exceptions may be allowed. Please ask.
Cruces Creatives reserves the sole discretion to disallow any material or project.
We encourage educators to work with a community partner to collaboratively plan and write the grant. The teacher must do the actual submission.
If multiple instructors are working together for a larger project, instructors can submit one application. Please make sure to list all instructors and all community partners. Each instructor with an individual class can each qualify for $500, so 2 instructors can submit an application for $1,000, 3+ instructors can submit an application for $1,500. Please make sure all instructors and community partners are on the CommunityShare Las Cruces platform. Max funding for any one project is $1,500.
If you have questions, need help finding a partner or developing a project, or have never written a grant before, please feel free reach out to us. We're happy to help through the whole process - we want to you succeed and want to give you support!