cowboy cookies photosWe see miracles every day! Whether a tiny tomato growing inside a classroom while snow covers the playground, Cowboy Cookies proudly displayed at the Mohawk Vocational Program Coffee Shop, a middle-school student joyfully painting her clay spirit house, or an all-school dominoes extravaganza bringing students together in unique ways, our Mini-Grants help creative educators lead innovative projects that bring health, knowledge, and joy to their students every day.

We look forward to developing guidelines for a new category of grants called Impact Grants. This funding will help staff imagine and plan projects with significant impact costing $500 or more. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

The Mini-Grant program provides small grants to faculty and staff for innovative and replicable educational projects. Click here to view a sampling of Mini-Grant programs, generously supported by the United Way of Franklin County and the Annual Community Spelling Bee. Proposals are accepted from all faculty and staff of all local schools.

For more information, call the office at 413-625-2555, email us at, or contact your building representative (listed below).


Building representatives:
Virginia Gary
Colrain: Jana Standish
Sue Annear
Mohawk: Samantha Rutz
Rowe: Kerri McLatchy
Sanderson: Trish Aurigemma

2020 Winter/Spring Application Deadline has passed. The next round is anticipated in the Fall 2020.


Application here: Mini-grant application

Report/reimbursement form here:
Mini-grant report and reimbursement form

Please consider including the Mary Lyon Foundation in your estate plans. Contact us here.
Volunteering is one way to make an impact! Learn more here.

Banner image description: Plants all Year Long Project, led by Melissa Koncz, Colrain Central School, funded by a Mary Lyon Foundation Mini-Grant.