The Greenbelt City Council approved grants totaling $8,051 to four city schools during its Feb. 10 meeting.
Greenbelt schools were invited to apply to the city’s Advisory Committee on Education for grants of up to $500 per project.
ACE received 34 grant proposals, and awarded 17 grants, said ACE chair Susan Breon.
“ACE reviewed all proposals, one by one, determined what their relative score was in terms of our criteria, and based on that and on the budget we have available, we made our recommendation to council,” Breon said.
Breon said the criteria used to judge proposals included their intrinsic merit, their benefit to students, their budget and their conformity to the grant proposal standards used by ACE.
The schools, the number of grants awarded and the total amount approved are as follows: Springhill Lake Elementary, five projects, $2,480; Greenbelt Elementary, five projects, $2,315; Magnolia Elementary, four projects, $1,947; and Eleanor Roosevelt High School, three projects, $1,309, for a total of $8,051.
Breon said the city council had only budgeted $7,000 for grants, but ACE had unused funds in its budget from the city for science and reading programs to cover the difference.
Greenbelt Mayor Emmett Jordan thanked ACE for the work they have done in awarding the grants.
“This is, for the schools, a very good grant program,” Breon said. “It’s not large, but it allows them to do some things: bring in some performances, bring in some additional materials, give the children exposures that they wouldn’t have otherwise.”