Classroom Improvement Grants

As school districts continue to experience budget cuts, educators search for new and creative means to fund projects and programs in jeopardy of being eliminated.  Committed to students and the educators dedicated to their success, TBA Credit Union is proud to offer this funding opportunity.

Applicants are selected for funding based on how many students benefit from the request, how the request relates to classroom instruction and how funding will impact the future of students.


  • All applicants will be notified within two weeks.
  • To allow a range of educators to benefit from the grant program, schools who have not received a grant in the last two years will be given first consideration.
  • Recipients who fail to arrange a grant presentation within two months of notification forfeit the award and will need to resubmit an application for consideration.

Previous Grant Recipients


Chris Vaughan- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School

Tanya Hendges- Courtade Elementary

Michelle Lazar- Grand Traverse Academy

Sonya Neal- Old Mission Peninsula School

Sandy Jansen- Elk Rapids High School

Eric Ranke- TC West Senior High


Kristin Gowen- Silver Lake Elementary

Jen Girard- TCAPS Montessori

Marc Alderman- Benzie Central Middle School

Kathryn McNitt- Westwoods Elementary

Karen Harmer Richard- Glen Lake High School

Sarah DeKett- Traverse Heights Elementary

Susan Briggs- Northern Michigan Partnership


Kim Fleming- TC Central High School

Rebecca Walters- TC West Middle School

Kristen Ryder- New Campus School

Tiffany Keske- Blair Elementary

Erin Ryan- TC East Middle School

Kelly Mikula- Buckley Community Middle/High School

Kathleen Schneider- Long Lake Elementary

Tara Gang- Willow Hill Elementary

Melissa Baumann- TC West Middle School

Marie Willis- Cherry Knoll Elementary

Jamie Sandy – TC Central High School (Program to benefit middle school and high school students across the district.)