Classroom Improvement Grants

Credit union employees holding up classroom improvement grant check made out to the 2022 winner Buckley Community Schools

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 Classroom Improvement Grants.

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.
  • Grant request may not exceed the amount of $1,000.

Grant Application

Previous Grant Recipients


Jennifer W. | Cherry Knoll Elementary

Jessica U. | East Middle School


Crystal Milne | Buckley Community School

Megan N. | Long Lake Elementary

Sue F. | New Covenant Christian Academy

Kiel C. | Birch Street Elementary


Allison Zimpfer | Suttons Bay Middle School

Julie Keck | Traverse City West Senior High

Michelle Lazar | Grand Traverse Academy

Jonathan Swegles | Traverse City West Middle School

Stephie Luyt | Blair Elementary 

Jessica Vitale | Suttons Bay High School

Kate Heydlauff | Traverse City West Senior High

Debbie Heitzman | St. Mary School – Lake Leelanau

Erika Corcoran | Birch Street Elementary

Rebecca Huggard | Willow Hill Elementary 

Kristina Willis | Kalkaska Middle School

Kip Knight | Lakeland Elementary School


Jennifer Gretzmacher | Glen Lake Elementary School

Maria Elshaw | Immaculate Conception Elementary

Kristin Sulecki | Silver Lake & Westwoods Elementary

Alicia Richards | Traverse City West Middle School

Jenny Walter | Traverse Heights Elementary

Janine Winkler | Immaculate Conception Elementary

Patty Roussety   |   Kingsley Elementary

Kris Galoci   |   Greenspire School 

Doug Gle   |   Traverse City Central High School