Can private school teachers submit a proposal for a grant?
Yes. Proposals will be accepted from K through 12 teachers currently employed as teachers and who have been thanked on our ThankAMillionTeachers.com web site. (hint: you can even thank yourself if you’re unsure of whether or not you’ve been thanked)
Can I submit a proposal for funding through the Thank A Million Teachers initiative and register for adoption by AdoptAClassroom.org?
Farmers is proud to partner with AdoptAClassroom.org to help bring needed resources to classrooms across the country. However, AdoptAClassroom.org is a separate entity with a similar goal, to help teachers and schools. We encourage teachers to visit the AdoptAClassroom.org web site to learn more about how they may be able to provide additional help.
When can I submit a proposal?
Proposals will be accepted every month during 2014 through the end of October. Voting for proposals will occur during the months of March, May, July, September and November for qualified proposals submitted during the previous two months.
Are teachers in every state eligible to submit a proposal?
Yes. Any teacher in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia can be submit a proposal for possible funding once they have been thanked on the ThankAMillionTeachers.com web site.
Are there any guidelines I need to follow when submitting a proposal?
Every educator that has been thanked on ThankAMillionTeachers.com is eligible to apply for a $2,500 grant. The winners can use the money to purchase school supplies through AdoptAClassroom.org and/or have the funds applied toward a professional certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Grant proposals that do not include AdoptAClassroom.org or NBPTS will not be considered. Grant checks will not be written to the winning teachers. The checks will be written to AdoptAClassroom.org and NBPTS and the winning teachers will access their funds through those organizations only. The proposal itself is a 1,000 character narrative you will write and submit online to state your case.
When does voting for the proposals happen?
Voting for the first set of proposals will begin in March 2014. Thereafter, voting will occur every other month through November (in May, July, September and November) for proposals submitted during the two months prior to the month of voting.
When will winners be announced?
Winners will be notified and announced during April, June, August, October and December.
How can I find a Farmers agent to sponsor by proposal?
Teachers can visit farmersagent.com to locate a Farmers agent in their area.
Do I need to have a Farmers agent to sponsor my proposal?
While we encourage teachers to partner with a local Farmers agent – they may be able to help spread the word about supporting a specific proposal – it is not a requirement and does not increase your chance to be selected.
How will the winning teachers be presented their award?
We want to celebrate your award with a formal announcement and presentation in your community. We will work with you and your school to determine when and where. Please remember that the winning teachers do not receive any funds directly. The funds will be provided to AdoptAClassroom.org and/or NBPTS in the winner’s name for redemption by the winning teachers.
How many teaching proposals can you vote for?
The public can vote for as many proposals as they’d like. However, people can only vote for the same proposal once daily.
How will proposals be selected?
Farmers Insurance has the right to have final say on the proposals that will be posted on the website for voting. At this time we are planning to limit the number of proposals to 100 per region.
Can someone in another state vote on a proposal?
Yes. Votes will be accepted from across the country so we encourage teachers who have submitted proposals to reach out to family, friends and supporters around the country to vote in support of their proposals.