Community Builder

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Application accepted until April 8, 2019

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 many outstanding individuals. We also know collaboration is at the heart of dynamic educational experiences. In addition to Educator of the Year, we're excited to present the Community Builder award. The award will offer a $1,000 grant to four local schools. A fifth school, selected by community votes, will receive a $2,000 grant. 

Between now and April 8, 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 5 winners are announced on May 7.

Now Accepting Applications

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

Awards and Recognition

Five schools will be named Community Builder recipients. Four schools will receive a cash prize of $1,000 to complete their proposed project. One additional school, selected by the community will receive a cash prize of $2,000.

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?

Four $1,000 prizes are awarded by the OnPoint Prize Selection Committee. The committee is composed of representatives from OnPoint who are interested in, experienced with, or involved in education. One $2,000 award will be selected by online community votes. Applications will be judged on 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 or $2,000 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 2019 Community Builder awards will be accepted until April 8. 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 23 and winners will be announced on May 7.

Click here to learn more about the 2018 Community Builder award recipients.

What type of projects can be proposed

The goal of the Community Builder award 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, the following criteria will be considered:

  • 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 or $2,000 Community Builder award, and if not what is the plan to raise any outstanding funds needed?

 

Project Examples

The Community Builder 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: