Do you have a creative teaching idea, but need some financial support to get it going? The Washington Association for Language Teaching encourages and supports professional growth in these areas and more through a variety of grant opportunities.
To be eligible, you must be a current WAFLT member, and you must have been a member for at least the last three consecutive years. If you received a grant last year, you must wait at least one calendar year before applying for another to give others an opportunity.
The WAFLT board looks forward to receiving your grant proposal for consideration. Click here to access the WAFLT grant application - applications are due by April 15 each year. Questions? Contact WAFLT at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are currently three WAFLT grants available:
WAFLT Mini Grant: For proposals to support teaching ideas up to $750. Describe your project; submit a budget and your curriculum vitae. Explain the educational need to be met and how you plan to meet this need. Up to three grants will be awarded. This grant may NOT be used for purchase of texts covered by district funds, your salary while working on the project, personal travel expenses, reimbursement of regular school personnel or reimbursement for time spent developing the project.
Career Development Grant: Intended to encourage and support teachers with three to ten years of teaching experience who intend to make teaching a career. It is intended to further professional development. As such, it may be used for degree programs, travel, foreign-study programs, or books and materials. Describe the project and future goals in language education. Submit a budget and timeline. Include your up-to-date curriculum vitae. Two supporting letters of recommendation should address your initiative and creativity. Total grant shall not exceed $750.
Keith Crosbie Professional Growth Grant: Earmarked to encourage and support the career teacher with ten plus years of experience who is seeking professional growth resulting in a more creative and satisfying career in foreign language education. The scholarship will not exceed $1000. Describe your project and future goals in world language education. Submit a budget and timeline. Your up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume is also required. Two supporting letters of recommendation should address your initiative and creativity.
As educators, we are always looking for ways to maximize the benefits to other members. Grant recipients will have several options for how they can share their project during the year following the grant; they can write an article about it for the LINGO, they can present a session about it at a WAFLT conference, or they can suggest an alternative method for board approval.
The deadline for submitting applications is April 15th of each year and applicants will be notified by May 31. Winners will be officially recognized at the fall WAFLT conference. The recipient will receive a check for the amount granted, along with a letter and certificate. Please read the application instructions carefully; only complete applications will be considered. To check your membership status, please contact Lauren Kiolet.