1. Information and Guidelines for Lindy Lopez-Butner Grant

Purpose: Lindy Lopez-Butner exemplified the high ideals of an unusually competent, sensitive, caring ELL teacher who sacrificed her own time and comfort for the well-being of her students, especially the neediest ones, Georgia TESOL has set up a memorial grant in her honor.

The purpose of the grant is to promote the professional development of a promising ELL teacher who is a current member in good standing of Georgia TESOL, has a worthy plan or goal that will ultimately benefit ESL students, but lacks the resources or materials to achieve his or her goal.

Amount: up to $1000

Criteria: Applications are evaluated on the basis of (a) rationale, (b) relevance, (c) impact, (d) implementation plan, and (e) evaluation plan. Applicants are encouraged to view this rubric that will be used by the review panel. 

To Apply: 1) Complete this Lindy Lopez-Butner Memorial Grant application survey and 2) Submit one letter of recommendation. The recommendation letter must be submitted by the application due date via email to the Grants & Awards chair at grantsandawards@gatesol.org. The subject line should read "Recommendation letter for _______, Lopez-Butner Grant"

Due Date: Applications and reference letters must be submitted by September 30th.

Review Committee: Three or more Members-at-Large of the Georgia TESOL Executive Board will conduct a blind review of all complete applications.

1. The grant will be offered on a yearly basis.
2. The Review Committee may recommend to divide the grant between 2 or more recipients.
3. The recipient(s) and other applicants will be notified of the committee's decision.
4. A grantee may not reapply for at least three years.
5. The Review Committee may decide that no grant will be provided for a given year.
6. The grantee agrees to share grant results with members through a presentation related to the project at a Georgia TESOL conference, an article related to the grant for the GA TESOL Newsletter or GATESOL In Action Journal, or other approved posts via social media outlets

All GATESOL grant funds will be disbursed through reimbursement upon submission of receipts or invoices to the GATESOL Treasurer. Any questions regarding the grant can be directed to the Grants & Awards Chair at grantsandawards@gatesol.org

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* 1. Rationale: Why do you want this grant?

- State the need as clearly and precisely as possible
- Summarize relevant background information about the region, community, and resources available
- Include specific information regarding the focus area i.e. topic of your proposal
- Refer to data, examples, past projects, quotes, and/or media articles to build a case for support.
- Explain any support you may have within your organization or community

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* 2. Relevance: How does your grant proposal address GATESOL’s purpose to:

● Encourage professional development, participation, and leadership within the state of Georgia.
● Provide opportunities for study and research.
● Work cooperatively toward the improvement of instruction in all programs that seek to provide students with an opportunity to acquire English language skills and proficiency.
● Promote an understanding of the cultures of non-native speakers of English.
● Create an online and offsite platform for Georgia educators to share the knowledge to better serve the ESOL community.

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* 3. Impact: Who is your target population and what effect will the grant have in your community?

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* 4. Implementation Plan: Please explain the general scope, steps, timeline, and budget expenditures in detail

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* 5. Evaluation plan: How will you measure the success of this grant project? Describe goals and measures to gauge effectiveness of goals upon completion.

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* 6. Sharing: How will you share your grant project with Georgia TESOL colleagues? Be as specific as possible and please note the requirements of the grant as listed in the grant description.