Mini-Grant Endowment Fund

San Marino Rotary Charities William “Bill” G. Steele, Jr. Mini-Grant Endowment Fund

The San Marino Rotary Charities annually sponsors a grant award program for San Marino public and private schools. The program started modestly in the mid-1990’s and today awards up to $40,000 to teachers at the local schools. Since the inception of the program, over $250,000 has been awarded to local teachers.

The Mini-Grant program awards up to a $1000 cash grant for a single project to a teacher to support an innovative classroom instructional project. Teachers can collaborate on projects and request in excess of $1000 for joint projects. Note: There are 2 applications: Single Project up to $1000 or a Joint Project in excess of $1000. Many of these projects funded by the Mini Grant program have been subsequently adopted throughout the local schools after having been successfully tested as a prototype project the teachers receiving the awards.

The purpose of the William G. Steele, Jr. Mini-Grant Endowment Fund is to generate income to support the Mini-Grants to fund projects that take place at local schools, with a preference for projects that will have a longer lasting impact. Donations to the Endowment Fund are accepted from Rotarians and the general public.

ISteelen 2007, San Marino Rotarian Andy Barth offered to create the San Marino Rotary Charities William “Bill” G. Steele, Jr. Mini-Grant Endowment Fund as the initial major donor to honor Bill Steele who passed away in 2006. Bill Steele was a member of the San Marino Rotary Club for over 33 years and served as President of the Club 1979-80.

The Endowment honors long-time San Marino Rotarian William “Bill” G. Steele, Jr. who championed the annual Mini-Grant program which supports and recognizes local teachers with funding grants to fund innovative projects at schools.

The San Marino Rotary Club accepted his offer and subsequently an additional donation from another Rotarian’s foundation plus matching contributions from Rotary Club members established the initial Endowment Fund at $125,000.

The purpose of the William “Bill” G. Steele, Jr. Mini-Grant Endowment Fund is to generate income to support the Mini-Grants to fund projects that take place at local schools, with a preference for projects that will have a longer lasting impact. Requests for Mini-Grants are evaluated and scored by a committee established by the Rotary Club of San Marino on the basis of the project’s value to education and its relevance to the curriculum. Mini-Grants are not awarded to cover the costs of off-site conferences or competitions, registration fees or field trips. The participating local schools are:

● Clairbourn School
● San Marino Schools (Carver, Huntington, Valentine & High School)
● Saints Felicitas and Perpetua School
● Southwestern Academy

The goal of the Endowment is to reach $400,000 in total funds before annual funding is generated to support the annual Mini-Grant program. Presently, the Mini-Grant fund awards $40,000 to local teachers.

Please direct contributions to the Charity’s Treasurer, Dennis Kneier, at 626.578.1109.

Mini-Grants 2020

Mini-Grants 2019

Saints Felicitas and Perpetua School - Mini Grants 2018

Photos of the Kiln Project as well as the Publishing Project.

Carver School - Mini Grants 2018

First Grade – Stem Bins

Southwestern Academy Mini-Grants 2016

Southwestern Academy - Mini Grants 2018

Clairbourn School - Mini Grants 2018

Cara Barker – Making Music: Loop Pedal demonstration

Outdoor STEM project developed by Kris Shoemake and Annie Conner

 

 

Meeting Information

Thursdays at 12:10 PM

San Marino Community Church, Fellowship Hall

1750 Virginia Road
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We meet on the first 3 Thursdays of the month at the Community Church.  Our meeting location occasionally changes.  Click “More info” in the Upcoming Events section below to confirm the location.

Guest lunches are $20.00

On the last Thursday of the month we meet at a venue to be announced – in the evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Upcoming Events

Club Meeting: Tori Kelly, Tom Sawyer Camp
Speaker: Tori Kelly
Topic: Tom Sawyer Camp
August 5th 2021 12:00 pm
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Club Meeting: Elizabeth Haralambos Anguilli, SMHS Cheer Coach
Speaker: Elizabeth Haralambos Anguilli
Topic: San Marino High School cheer team
August 12th 2021 12:00 pm
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Club Meeting: Nicole La Porte, Moguls, Movies and Dreamworks
Speaker: Nicole La Porte
Topic: Moguls, Movies and Dreamworks
August 19th 2021 12:00 pm
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San Marino Motor Classic
August 22nd 2021 9:00 am
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Club Meeting: Evening meeting
Topic: Meeting with San Gabriel Valley NewGen Rotary Club
August 26th 2021 5:00 pm
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Club Meeting: San Marino High School Football
Speaker: Coach Ray Torres
Topic: San Marino High School Footbal
September 2nd 2021 12:00 pm
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