For the fourth consecutive year, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is offering Mini Grants to more than 100 Central Savannah River Area educators as part of their “Innovative Teaching Mini Grants Program.”


Educators from all CSRA public elementary and middle schools are eligible to apply for a “Mini Grant” in one of three amounts: $500, $750 or $1,000. An independent selection committee reviewed more than 200 proposals last year and selected 85 projects to collectively receive a total of $50,000 in funding.


This year, SRNS will increase this amount to a total of $75,000 provided to area teachers.


“We are proud to reward educators who exhibit a strong passion for helping students better understand math, science and technology through innovative teaching methods,” said Gladys Moore, program coordinator.


SRNS is sponsoring the program, which aims to facilitate the delivery of math, science and technology curricula, while increasing educational opportunities for students in the greater Aiken-Augusta area.


The program recognizes and supports innovative teaching methods by funding projects that enhance elementary and middle school science, mathematics and technology programs directly impacting students in the classroom, SRNS said.


The grants are provided through corporate funding made available by the parent companies of SRNS, LLC (Fluor, Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell).


All elementary and middle school educators in the seven-county CSRA (Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Edgefield counties in South Carolina and Columbia and Richmond counties in Georgia) are invited to submit an application.


Applications for a 2013 Mini Grant are available on the Savannah River Site web site at http://www.srs.gov/general/outreach/edoutrch/ed_home.htm. For additional information, calls Gladys Moore at 952-9450 or email gladys.moore@srs.gov.