In 2014, the BEAR Legacy Grant was originated by the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation (WBLAEF). The purpose of the grant is to support White Bear Lake Area School District students, staff and community members working with students. In keeping with the WBLAEF’s mission of enhancing education for all students, the grant provides an inclusive, flexible and expedient means for applicants to apply for funds that encourage initiatives around innovation, creativity, community and global projects.
Up to $10,000 will be awarded each year and applications will continue to be reviewed on a continual basis until the maximum has been awarded. Projects will be funded for 12 months. After 12 months, any undistributed funds will revert back to the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation.
BEAR Grant Terms & Applicant Eligibility:
Who May Apply:
- White Bear Lake Area School District employees
- Students attending the White Bear Lake Area School District
- Community members in the White Bear Lake Area School District, presenting an initiative that will enhance the learning experience or personal growth of a student(s) attending the White Bear Lake Area School District. The White Bear Lake Area School District includes all or portions of the following communities: White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, Hugo, Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, Birchwood, Lino Lakes, Little Canada, North Oaks and Maplewood.
Eligible Projects: All projects must enhance the learning experience or personal growth of White Bear Lake Area School District students, as per the WBLAEF mission, and develop opportunities that complement the District’s Mission and/or Strategic Plan.
Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to: Innovation Grants in math, science, technology, STEM, ROBOTICS, problem solving; Creativity Grants in the fine arts, music, theatre, and dance; Citizenship Grants in communication (World Language, composition, journalism), leadership, community, International Baccalaureate, health and fitness.
*Projects that fall under Brosious Grants, Glasrud Fellowships or Ryan Art Grants will not be considered for a BEAR Grant. Please refer to the descriptions of each.
Award Range: Up to $10,000 in funds will be awarded each school year (September 1 - August 31). Applications will be reviewed on a continual basis throughout the year until the maximum of $10,000 per year has been awarded. Projects will be funded for twelve (12) months. After twelve months, any unexpended funds will revert back to the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation.
Selection Process: The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation’s Executive Board will review the BEAR Legacy Grant applications and make recommendations to the WBLAEF Board of Directors for approval.
Evaluation: BEAR Grant recipients agree, upon completion of the grant, to provide the WBLAEF Board of Directors with a report outlining and evaluating the experience. The evaluation may be submitted as a written summary or given as a presentation to the WBLAEF Board of Directors.