Community Builder

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Application accepted until April 7, 2017

Investing in our Schools

Since 2010 the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education has honored innovative teachers in our community. We're proud to have recognized so many outstanding individuals. We also know collaboration is at the heart of dynamic educational experiences. This year we're excited to present the Community Builder award. This award will offer a $1,000 grant to four local schools for a project of their choice with input from the community, casting votes among the finalists.

Between now and April 7, schools may submit applications and tell us about a project they hope to complete. From the applications, the OnPoint Prize Selection Committee will name up to 10 finalists whose project proposals will be highlighted throughout the campaign until the 4 winners are announced on April 21.

Now Accepting Applications

Tell us how your project will enrich your school community. School staff, faculty  or parent/booster clubs may apply now!

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Official Contest Rules

Awards and Recognition

Four schools will be named Community Builder recipients, each receiving a cash prize of $1,000 to complete their proposed project.

Click here to review the Official Contest Rules.

Who is Eligible?

OnPoint will accept project applications from public, private or charter K-12 schools in the counties of Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties in Oregon, and Clark and Skamania counties in Washington.

How are the winning schools selected?

All prizes are awarded by the OnPoint Prize Selection Committee, which judges the applications received via the following criteria:

  • Will the project inspire creativity and foster community?
  • Will the project reach a broad segment (group) of the school community?
  • Can the project be completed with the $1,000 Community Builder award, and if not what is the plan to raise any outstanding funds needed?

How can I nominate a school?

Applications for the 2017 Community Choice awards will be accepted February 10 - April 7. Applications must be submitted by a representative of the school (staff, faculty, or parent group), with the approval of the school's administrator/principal. Up to 10 finalists will be highlighted beginning April 10 and the OnPoint Prize Selection Committee will announce the winners on April 21.

Click here to learn more about the 2016 Community Builder award recipients.

What type of projects can be proposed?

The goal of the Community Choice awards is to provide funding for schools to complete a project that is enriching to the school, students and faculty.

In considering which applications will be selected as finalists for community voting, each proposal will be judged via the following criteria:

  • Will the project inspire creativity and foster community?
  • Will the project reach a broad segment of the school community?
  • Can the project be completed with the $1,000 Community Choice award, and if not what is the plan to raise any outstanding funds needed?

 

Project Examples

The goal of the Community Choice awards is to provide funding for schools to complete a project that is enriching to the school, students and faculty.

The award is meant to be open-ended, allowing schools to submit a project proposal that best meets the needs of the school community. Below are examples of projects that could be a good fit:

Start your Community Builder application

We can't wait to hear from your school! Administrators, Staff or Parent Groups are invited to apply now through April 7.

The OnPoint Prize Selection Committee will announce up to 10 finalists on April 10 and the four winning schools on April 21.