Committee News: NSDAR Junior Membership Adds Classroom Grant as Project

The Helen Pouch Memorial Fund is the official project of the National Junior Membership Committee which has donated over $200,000 to DAR Schools.

This year, the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund will be adding another project, the Classroom Grant to help benefit the fund’s focus on education. This is where your local chapter can participate.

Do you know a teacher who works hard for their students but needs a little extra money to help those students learn all they can?

The new Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant Award Program has been established to award $500 per state to an outstanding teacher.

What do you need to do?

It’s simple. Your chapter can sponsor a teacher in your community to receive this grant. Funds must be used for supplies and educational resources and the applicant must detail how these items will help further the educational goals of the DAR.

The deadline for filling out the application and submitting to the State Junior Membership Chair, Michelle Field, is April 15, 2017.  Grant award winners will be announced during Continental Congress with disbursements of funds to take place in July and August 2017.

The application can be downloaded from the following link:

Classroom Grant Application

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a DAR member apply?

A: Yes, a DAR member who is a teacher is recommended but we encourage you to find teachers outside our membership to further promote our society to the community.

Q: Can we “break up” our award to address the needs of multiple recipients?

A: No, just one winner will be chosen per state so that our dollars may have the most impact possible per classroom.

Q: How will this program affect our commitment to the DAR Schools?

A: It won’t! The Junior Membership committee and Helen Pouch Memorial Fund have an annual commitment of $120,000 to the DAR Schools. Priority for fundraising will always be given to the DAR Schools.

Michelle Field
State Chair, Junior Membership

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