To advance this mission, xMinds is offering grants to help motivated teachers, paraeducators, and administrators pursue research-based training and purchase curricula and curricular materials that will enable them to better support their students on the autism spectrum.
Individual grants in the range of $50 to $400 will be awarded on a quarterly basis by the xMinds Board of Directors, who will select the recipients from the applications received prior to each quarterly deadline (March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15).
The Board will, in its sole discretion, determine which applications to grant, considering the Board’s assessment of both the quality of the training or materials requested and the applicant’s potential to make use of them to advance the mission of xMinds.
Application Requirements:1.) The application must include an explanation of how the applicant will utilize the training and/or item(s) to improve the educational outcomes of students on the autism spectrum with whom they work.
2.) If the applicant requests that the grant be used to pay directly for training or curricular materials, then he/she must include with the application an invoice or other payment information that would allow xMinds to make payment directly to the provider. If the applicant requests that the grant be used to reimburse the applicant for costs the applicant will pay, he/she must submit a receipt showing proof of payment.
3.) Any applicant who ultimately receives a grant will be expected to provide feedback to xMinds after they complete their training or receive curricular materials. xMinds will contact the grant recipient with a short survey to learn how he/she has been able to use the training or materials. This survey will address such topics as the following: • How was the training or curricular materials implemented?• What did you find most useful about the training or materials?• How receptive were your students to the changes you made? • What challenges to implementation did you face?• Have you been able to document any beneficial impact in the classroom?