Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill 

Teacher's Fund Grant


Friday, November 9, 2012


ABOUT Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Teacher's Fund

For many years, Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill public school teachers have stated that they do not have the financial resources available to buy teaching materials and supplies in and out of their classrooms.  These supplies are essential to bettering public school students’ learning experiences. 

Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill public school teachers are either forced to pay for materials with their own personal funds or, worse yet, avoid purchasing these materials because of lack of approval and funding from the School District.  The result is missed educational opportunities, lower teacher morale and lower quality public school education.

During the past three years, the Mt. Airy Teacher’s Fund has provided more than $32,000 in grants to 57 public school teachers in Mt. Airy’s five public schools.  This year, we are extending the teacher's fund to include three Chestnut Hill public schools: Jenks, McCloskey, and Parkway Northwest. Applications approved and funded were for classroom and art supplies, technology improvements, educational trips and much more. 


Examples of
Previously Funded Projects

  • Visit from the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education with a live animal presentation (2011-2012)
  • Directing and editing movies for "No Place for Hate" (2011-2012)
  • Outward Bound "Insight Day" Program (2010 - 2011)
  • Resources and materials to increase students' literacy levels (2010 - 2011)
  • Field Trip to the National Liberty Museum & class project and class discussions on topics including: U.S. Judicial System and civic responsibility (2010 - 2011)
  • "Two of A Kind" diversity songwriting program with local musicians and songwriters David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans (2009 - 2010)
  • Field trip to New Jersey Aquarium and science exploration activity (2009 - 2010)
  • "Freedom Readers" anti-bullying read-along and group discussions (2009 - 2010)
  • Field trip to "Architecture of the Quilt Project" at Philadelphia Art Museum (2008-2009)
  • Mlanjeni's Magical Theatre - cultural puppet show teaching about East African traditions (2008-2009)
  • Purchase of books and materials for school year book club (2008-2009)



Michele Orellana
Mt. Airy Teacher's Fund Assistant
215-247-5555 x201

Mt. Airy Teacher's Fund is supported through donations to Trolley Car Helping Hands.


The Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Teacher’s Fund was established to provide small grants ($50-$500) to Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill public school teachers each year. 

Teachers seeking these grants are asked to complete an application spelling out the cost and educational opportunities to be created by funding their proposal. 

Grants are provided in the form of reimbursement to teachers upon presentation of purchase receipts equal to or less than the grant award amount. 



The application for the Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Teacher's Fund is open to any teacher (or group of teachers) who teach in one of the following Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill public schools: AB Day, Emlen, Henry, Houston, Lingelbach, Jenks, McCloskey, and Parkway Northwest.

  1. We are not able to accept proposals from principals, administrators, PTA members, teacher's assistants, student teachers, or per diem substitutes.
  2. Past grant winners are eligible to apply.
  3. Past grant awardees who did not use awarded funds, or who did not turn in a project outcome report may still apply, but points may be deducted from application for not fulfilling full grant requirements.


Applications are reviewed by nine Teacher’s Fund committee members using established criteria that takes the following indicators into consideration:

  • geographic balance,
  • educational benefit,
  • cost effectiveness and
  • curriculum weaknesses 

The Teacher’s Fund committee members are a racially and economically diverse group from the Mt. Airy & Chestnut Hill community.  Members include retired teachers, administrators, parents, community members and a Principal.

Wednesday, September 26th - Online Application Open
Monday, October 15th - Information Session for Teachers (Deli area of Trolley Car Diner from 6:30-7:30pm)
Tuesday, October 23rd - Information Session for Teachers (Deli area of Trolley Car Diner from 6:30-7:30pm)
Friday, November 9th - Grant Application Deadline (no apps accepted after midnight)
Wednesday, November 28th - Grant Announcement Letters Mailed
Monday, December 3rd - Grant Winners Publicized




  • All requested resources must support or enhance students' experience.
  • The proposal cannot foster discrimination or promote a specific religious or political viewpoint. 
  • Approximately 30% of this year's fund will be directed towards applications that incorporate a pro-tolerance /anti-bullying message.
  • Requests may include classroom supplies, technology improvements, class trip funding, or anything else that furthers the public education of our young people.


  • All questions must be answered thoroughly. 
  • Applications with partial answers or missing information will not be accepted. 
  • You may enter your answers directly into the online form or you may upload a Word document with your answers provided.  Please answer all questions in no more than two pages or 700 words.