Fund for Teachers Announces New Board Member and Grant Opportunities for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Teachers

Fund for Teachers, a donor-supported organization dedicated to funding teachers’ professional development experiences that impact student achievement, announces today the addition of Jeff Edmondson to its board of directors.

As a result of Edmondson’s addition to the board, Fund for Teachers is extending its teacher grants to eligible teachers in the Strive Partnership geographic footprint, including the public and parochial schools in the urban core of Cincinnati, Covington, and Newport.   Fund for Teachers invites educators to propose a learning odyssey for summer 2011 that pursues their passions and will subsequently impact student learningIndividual grant recipients will receive up to $5,000 for their adventure; teams will receive up to $10,000 based on their proposal.

Fund for Teachers’ grants place virtually no limitations on teachers’ aspirations, facilitating unlimited learning set in conferences, cultural centers and coral reefs. Requirements, varying slightly by program location, include:

  • Employed by a school/district in an eligible geographic area;
  • Teach in a Pre-K through 12th grade classroom;
  • Achieved a minimum of three years classroom teaching experience;
  • Spend at least 50% of a full-time position in the classroom or a classroom-like setting; and
  • Intend to return to teaching in their school/district in the consecutive school year.

Teachers apply through an online application at the Fund for Teachers Web site. Applications are due by January 28, 2011.Teachers can gain inspiration for their grant proposal by reviewing a sampling of the previous 4,000 summer grants recipients over the past ten years. Testimonies and fellowship photos are also posted on Facebook.

To learn more about how to write a fellowship proposal, the Fund for Teachers(FFT) will offer a webinar at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 12 to teachers eligible through it’s Strive Partnership Program. Click here to RSVP and receive an email providing instructions on how to join the webinar. Participants will need access to both a computer with internet and a phone.

An FFT representative will be conducting a grant proposal-writing session online for teachers in the parochial schools within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Public Schools, Covington Independent Public Schools and Newport Independent Public Schools interested in learning about the Fund for Teachers grant opportunity, how to write a grant proposal and eligibility requirements.

Fund for Teachers works together with local partner, Strive Partnership, to administer this program.  For additional questions please go to, email or call 1.800.681.2667

Grant applications are currently available at and must be submitted online by 5 p.m. CST Jan. 28.

Edmondson, executive director for The Strive Partnership, is responsible for leading the organization’s coalition of postsecondary, K-12, business, philanthropic, and non-profit organizations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The Strive Partnership is dedicated to working together to support every child, every step of the way, cradle to career.

“Fund for Teachers sought out Jeff for his efficacy in managing public-private partnerships and forging community coalitions for a greater good,” said Karen Kovach-Webb, Fund for Teachers’ executive director. “We’re so pleased to add his talent and voice to our efforts and for the opportunity to extend our grants to a new audience of teachers.

Prior to joining The Strive Partnership, Edmondson served as program Assistant at the 21st Century School Fund, Peaceable Schools Coordinator at Woodrow Wilson Senior High, and as a member of the Peace Corps in Gabon, Central Africa.

“Teaching is the single most important factor in improving student achievement in school and life.  Fund for Teachers inherently recognizes this with their focus on recognizing excellent educators and encouraging them to bring lessons from the world to their work with children,” said Edmondson. “ I was fortunate enough to see the power of such experiences through my time in the Peace Corps and I look forward to working with this outstanding organization to help others have similar opportunities.”

Fund for Teachers is a national, donor-supported organization celebrating its tenth year of awarding teachers the chance to pursue learning opportunities that have the greatest impact on themselves, their students and their communities. Over the course of a decade, Fund for Teachers has invested more than $14 million in educators who, through their own life-long learning, transform classroom experiences for students. For more information, visit