Keeping History Alive

Be sure to carefully read all information below before filling out the Keeping History Alive grant application.


Please read this information carefully before completing the application.

Reception Attendance (grant recipients)

  • Attendance at the awards reception is MANDATORY for all those awarded a grant. Grant checks will be handed out at the end of the reception.
  • The reception is from 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Azusa Pacific University.
  • Please do not apply if you will be unable to attend.

Substitute W-9 Form (grant applicants)

  • The application must include the completed, signed Substitute W-9 form (available as a link on the application and required for check issue).
  • Grant checks are issued directly to each grant recipient, so the form should be filled out with the grant applicant’s personal information (not that of a school or district).
  • We are unable to issue checks without a Social Security Number on the form.

Report of Grant Use (grant recipients)

  • 1- to 2-page reports on the use of the grant funds must be turned in with copies of all expense receipts/invoices and lesson plans.
  • Report due date: June 30th, 2017
  • More information on report requirements is included with the grant checks.

Eligibility and Due Date

Eligible applicants must teach:

  • TK/PK–12th grades
  • at a charter, public, private, or parochial school
  • in Los Angeles County

Deadline for submission: September 30, 2016

Group Grants

The group grant option streamlines the process for groups of teachers from the same school who would otherwise each apply for an individual grant of $250–$850 and then combine their funds. Instead, one representative applies on behalf of the group and receives a lump sum:

Groups of 2: up to $1,700

Groups of 3: up to $2,550

Groups of 4: up to $3,400 (maximum offered)

To use this option, select “Yes” on the application question, “Are you applying as the representative for a group?”

Application Tips

  • A grant request is more likely to be granted if the application is written well and includes all the information required, particularly on how the use of the grant will relate to the teaching of history and social science.
  • We will not contact grant applicants to fill in missing information, so an incomplete or sparse application will be turned down.
  • No funding will be given for computers, iPads, or other tablets this year.
  • Preference will be given for on-campus presentations and field trips as well as hands-on resources that can benefit all students in the classroom, such as subscription services, books, document cameras, and projectors.
  • We are looking for a focus on authentic forms of instruction and assessment that are cross-curricular and aligned to California history/social science standards. Examples would include the use of biographies/nonfiction and teaching local history or participating in the national History Day. Please include as much information as possible on how the use of the grant will relate to creatively teaching history.

Applications have been rejected in the past for lack of focus on history (or no mention of history at all), lack of detail, lack of cost breakdowns, and lack of connection to grade-level standards for history instruction, just to name a few.

Grant decisions are made based on a variety of factors, including completeness of application, number of grants received previously, and demonstration of the use of the funds to support history instruction. Decisions are also made with the goal of spreading funds around as equitably as possible between grades, schools, districts, grant types, and individual teachers. Teachers who have received multiple grants in a row may be asked to sit out a year on occasion so that we can award funds to those who have not received them before.

Note: Grants are not reported to the Internal Revenue Service as taxable income but rather as reimbursements—as long as grant recipients send the required receipt(s) and report on the use of the grant by June 30, 2017. Grants will only be reported as taxable income if a grant recipient does not turn in the required report and receipt(s). More information on the report requirements is included with grant checks.

Notification Process

Confirmation of successful submission of the form will appear after the "Submit" button is clicked.

Please do not submit multiple applications. If edits are needed, send them by email to

A copy of the completed application will be emailed automatically.

To avoid missing any email correspondence from us due to emails being flagged as spam, applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to include two separate working email addresses on the application.

After the deadline has passed, all applicants, whether they are receiving a grant or not, will be sent email notification to the email address(es) provided on the application. We anticipate these emails will go out in November 2016.

Be sure to check spam folders when waiting for notification.