Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund

Above: Students from Doug Zobel's ninth-grade Spanish class use Chromebooks, purchased with an Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund grant, to craft one-act plays at Saranac Lake High School.

Innovation, elevation and excellence name the aims of the Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund. Created to inspire French and Spanish teachers within Adirondack Elementary, Middle and High Schools (K-12) to reach for the stars, the Fund will also elevate the status of language teachers in the teaching community. Additional charitable gifts for this work are welcome. If you share an interest in foreign language education, read on.

Each year, the Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund will make a limited number of grants available to Adirondack schools for initiatives that enrich and increase capacity for foreign language instruction. Grants awarded will typically range from $500 to $2,500, but larger grants will sometimes be given for exceptional projects.

Applications are available and active starting November 1. The Deadline for this year is January 15th, 2017.
To submit an application please use our Online Grants Manager.

All Adirondack Elementary, Middle School and High School foreign language teachers are eligible to apply for competitive Innovation grants. Priority will be given projects that go beyond a school's budget to:

  • Support immersion in French and Spanish language and culture
  • Open opportunities to explore new teaching technologies,
  • Promote collaborative initiatives among schools, thus creating partnerships with BOCES to maximize efficiency and impact,
  • Support career enhancement training for teachers including workshops and conferences.
  • Innovative projects that stretch beyond the norm will also be received favorably.

Projects that maximize a grant's reach will be received favorably. Examples: An annual forum for the presentation of foreign language skits performed by students from schools across the Park, a seminar for foreign language teachers that would bring new ideas or technology into the classroom, an honorarium for excellence in teaching.
Please note: The fund will not support College level instructors of foreign language.
Applications for language/cultural immersion field trips for both students and teachers will be considered if students and teachers take responsibility for much of the fundraising.

A note about the geographical area served by this fund:
Grant applications will be accepted from schools located in or serving the people of the Adirondack region, defined for this purpose by Adirondack Foundation as all of Clinton, Franklin, Essex, and Hamilton counties as well as the parts of St. Lawrence, Warren, Herkimer, and Washington counties within the Blue Line. To be more specific, if a school district falls within or serves the majority of students living within one of the aforementioned counties, a school is eligible to apply. 

Contact Program Officer Andrea Grout at (518) 523-9904 or andrea@adirondackfoundation.org if you have further questions about this fund.

 

Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund Donation