California Credit Union Wednesday invited Southland educators who have an innovative class project idea to apply for a grant through its bi-annual Teacher Grant Program.

Full-time teachers in Los Angeles and Orange counties who are looking to fund a special learning opportunity, either in a classroom or virtually, for their students, have until Oct. 2 to apply. Ten grants of $500 each will be awarded in November.

“We know educators in our communities are facing unprecedented challenges in engaging with their students this year — whether they are teaching virtually or if they ultimately return to a classroom setting. We hope these grants will help teachers inspire and connect with their students, which is so critical during this time,” said California Credit Union President/CEO Steve O’Connell. “We encourage any teacher who has an exciting project idea to apply for one of our grants so we can help them bring it to life for their students.”

According to the credit union, the project “should have clearly defined learning objectives tied to students’ academic needs, display creativity and benefit a significant number of students.”

Interested teachers can find more information and apply online at

California Credit Union has awarded $115,000 in teacher grants to benefit students across Southern California since the creation of the program in 2012. The bi-annual program offers up to 20 grants in the spring and fall to teachers across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.

Past projects using grant funding have included robotics and STEAM programs, community garden and environmental science learning, and arts programs.

California Credit Union, which serves public or private school employees, community members and businesses, has more than 165,000 members and 25 branches throughout Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties. The credit union operates in San Diego County as North Island Credit Union.

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