Banking on YOUth Classroom Grants

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Banking On YOUth Grant Program?
The Banking on YOUth Grant Program awards individual classroom grants to certified Quincy public and parochial school teachers (Pre-K-12) to fund special projects and programs that expand and enhance the learning experience of all students.

How Will Banking On YOUth Grants Be Awarded?
An advisory board comprised of community educators, business and community leaders, and parents review applications and award grants. A point system is used to review applications based on the innovation, creativity, and potential impact on students. Applications receiving the highest scores in each grant category are awarded funding.


Grant Criteria


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Why Is Mercantile Bank Awarding/Funding School Activities?
Mercantile Bank is committed to our community and believes that a
community’s success is directly related to the quality of its schools. Banking on YOUth is a lasting investment in the community’s future.

How Many Grants Will Be Awarded?
One grant (maximum $500) will be awarded in each of the following categories for a total of six annual Banking on YOUth Grant award opportunities:

• Arts & Humanities 

• Science & Technology

• Health & Fitness (Paul Arndt Grant) 

• Field Trip & Transportation

• Books & Materials  

• Special Initiatives

While an application may include elements related to multiple categories, all applications must designate the best overall category for which it is to be considered.

What Types Of Projects And Activities Will Be Funded?
Grant programs must complement major school district goals and enhance school, departmental, and grade level plans. The Banking on YOUth program is designed to reach a broad range of students. Grant programs should also encourage student participation and broaden their classroom and community involvement and/or may develop alternative and effective methods of learning life skills.

Are There Certain Types of Programs Or Activities That Will Not Be Funded?
Yes, items such as general operating expenses, fund-raising events, professional development, scholarshops, and building campaigns will not receive funding through the Banking on YOUth program.

Who Is Eligible To Apply For Banking On YOUth Grants?
All certified Quincy public and parochial school teachers. This includes all early childhood, elementary, and secondary education teachers.

How Do Teachers Apply for the Banking On YOUth Grants?
Visit our website at mercantilebk.com and the Banking on YOUth icon on the homepage. Please note that all grant proposals submitted must be completed on the form provided. Applications received in other formats will not be considered. If you do not have Internet access, please contact us at 223-7300 to request a copy by mail or fax.

When Are Grant Applications Due?
Grant applications for the 2014-15 academic year will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. CDT on May 12, 2014.

How are Grant Awards Accounced?
Awards will be announced in mid-May so that teachers may integrate their funded activities in the upcoming 2014-15 academic year. Recipients will receive their awards during special school presentations.

How Can Teachers Find Out More?
Teachers who have questions, or who would like more information about the program should contact Shannon Triplett at Mercantile Bank.

Shannon Triplett
Mercantile Bank
Banking On YOUth Grant Program
PO Box 3455
Quincy, IL 62305