The Get2College Delta Mini-Grant program has reopened! The grant will prioritize technology and resource requests that support student academic success during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In March 2020, the Get2College Delta mini-grant program was temporarily suspended to allow us to quickly assess the impact of school closures, distance learning, and shelter-in-place ordinances. We now recognize that there is a clear need for access to technology for students, teachers, and school leaders to take part and be successful in a remote learning environment, and we are pleased to offer these supports to high schools, colleges and non-profits in the Mississippi Delta.” ~~Ann Hendrick, Director, Get2College Program
What is the Get2College Delta Mini-Grant?
The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi has received a grant of $50,000 from the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) to create the Get2College Delta Mini-Grant. There are many barriers to college for students who are low-income, first generation, or students of color. The Get2College Delta Mini-Grants provide schools and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to pay for special projects to help put college within reach for students in Mississippi. The Mini-Grants are available in the following 18 counties: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo. The ultimate goal is to support local organizations that help students realize the dream of a college education.
- Get2College Delta Mini-Grants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted
- One grant application per eligible organization allowed
- Grants range from $250 to $1,250
- All applicants will be notified of the status of their application within 30 days
Funding ideas include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Technology professional development for teachers, counselors and administrators. Examples include:
- Training to host productive and efficient webinars and meetings. Potential resource(s): The Goodman Center and Maggie Chumbley
- Curriculum development or management software
- Project management software for task management and virtual team collaboration. Potential resource(s): Monday
- Technology subscriptions for staff/faculty meetings or student instruction. Potential resource(s): Zoom and Blue Jeans
- Computer camera and microphone accessories to conduct virtual workshops or record instructional content from school facilities or instructor’s home. Potential resource(s): Logitech and Microsoft are common brands that offer a variety of camera/mic options, ranging from $40-$150. Major retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy have models available.
- User licensing costs for software and website subscriptions to support student learning and instruction. Potential resource(s): IXL and Canvas
- Hotspots to improve or create wi-fi reception in school parking lots and public spaces to support social distancing. Hotspots can be purchased with no-contract, pay-as-you-go plans that can connect up to 10 devices. NetGear, Verizon, and Skyroam are common brands that offer a variety of options, ranging from $99-350.
- Measuring program success with National Student Clearinghouse data
- Virtual college tours and/or fairs
- Online ACT prep
- Support for MS College Countdown activities, such as application, FAFSA and signing days. See Get2College’s toolkits for help with virtual FAFSA and signing days.