October 23, 2023
Architecture Incorporated established a new annual grant program in 2021 in celebration of the firm's 45th anniversary. The intent of this grant is to award multiple worth K-12 educators with a combined total of $5,000 in funding to help their students thrive and succeed. We sought after out-of-the-box ideas of all sizes to address teachers' challenges and encourage ingenuity in education.
Things were done a little differently this year. Because we were inspired by two great grants, we knew we couldn't pick just one. We decided to award two grant winners the full amount of money they requested. We are ecstatic to award multiple teachers and schools with the grant and are excited to watch their ideas flourish.
We were very excited to receive 41 applications from across the region, many of which were very deserving so it was difficult to select the winners! To be eligible, the applicant must be a teacher in the state of South Dakota or within 100 miles of Sioux Falls or Rapid City. Grant applications can be for any amount up to $5,000. Grant materials can be used in a classroom, across a grade level, throughout a building, or district-wide, but cannot be for food.
Prior to judging, our committee removed the applicant's name and school district from the application to remove any bias. Grants were judged on the following criteria:
The winners highlighted below scored highly in all of the criteria listed above.