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Southeast Kentucky Chamber now accepting applications for 2021 education grants

The Chamber hopes the grants will help educators and students connect during a time of increased virtual learning

PIKEVILLE, KY (October 22, 2020) -- The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its Excellence in Education grant program, which annually awards $5,000 in funding to local schools for new projects, technologies, and resources.

“With the recent surge of virtual, remote learning, we feel that these grants are more important than ever,” said Jordan Gibson, Southeast Kentucky Chamber president and CEO. “Obtaining a grant will allow educators the opportunity to acquire needed technology and resources to make virtual learning more accessible and efficient for their students.”

The Chamber’s Excellence in Education Grant Program funds approximately $5,000 in educational projects annually in schools in the eight counties the Chamber serves: Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike. Each school can only receive one grant per grant cycle and must wait two grant cycles to receive another grant. Grant applications must be submitted to the Chamber by December 4, 2020.

Gibson said the educators in the region who apply for the education grants always have exciting and innovative projects for which they are seeking funding.

“The Chamber is honored to be able to give back to the educators in the region who are making a difference in the lives of their students,” said Gibson. “The applicants who apply for these grants each year go above and beyond for their students by finding outside resources that will make learning more fun and efficient.”

The grants are awarded each January. The 2020 recipients were from schools in Martin and Pike Counties.

Inez Elementary Educator Michelle Harless received a grant for $1,250, which she used for a school-wide performance of “Aladdin Kids.” Phelps Elementary Educator Kari Mayhorn received a grant for $1,250, which she used to purchase Wonder Workshop Dash Robots, cue sketch kits, a road rug, and iPads for students to use. Christ Central School Administrator Angie Wilkes received a $2,035 grant, which she used to update technology in the school, by adding Kindle Fire tablets for student use.

For more information about the Chamber’s Excellence in Education Grant program, or to apply, visit the Chamber online at, www.sekchamber.com, or by phone at, (606) 432-5504.

The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is located at 178 College Street, Pikeville, and serves more than 500 businesses in eight Eastern Kentucky Counties: Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike. The Chamber’s mission is to be a resource for businesses in Southeast Kentucky that is committed to improving the regional economy.

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