Teacher Grants

Maps Community Foundation is awarding a total of $10,000 in grants to the local K-12 education community. Teachers in Marion and Polk Counties are invited to apply for one of ten $1,000 grants.

Teacher Grants are funded by the Maps Community Foundation through proceeds from Maps' Free Community Checking account. Maps donates a penny to the foundation every time a member uses their debit card.


Submit a video of up to 3 minutes that describes how the award would be used and answers this $1,000 question:

“How will this grant make a difference to your students?”

All teachers in Marion and Polk Counties are welcome to apply for a grant to benefit the classroom, a school project, or an extra curriculum program

Priority is given to projects that promote experiential learning, financial literacy, or college preparedness.


Nov. 10 – Video applications due 

Nov. 20 – Finalists notified

Dec. 1 - 15 – Public votes for their favorite project

Teachers founded Maps almost a century ago, and we are proud of our history as an educators’ credit union. To show support for area teachers, we are pleased to help the education community through these teacher grants. Since 2012, this program has invested more than $44,000 in local students, teachers, and schools, which have funded classroom projects and after school enrichment programs.

Questions? Ask Community Development Officer Mitzi Smith by phone at (503) 588-0181 ext. 3235 or by email.