Grants and Awards

Teacher Grants and Awards

Chapter (Local Specialist Association) Support Grants

The BCAEA is pleased to provide assistance to teachers wanting to start a local Alternate Education Chapter in their district. A startup grant of $200 (or $300 if you have ten or more members) is available as well as an ongoing grant of $10 per member in subsequent years. If you are interested in forming a local Chapter, contact Tianay de Andrade,  BCAEA President for full details, but in a nutshell, there are three steps:

1. Have a meeting and elect a President, Vice President, and Treasurer;
2. Create and adopt a constitution; and
3. Provide the BCAEA with a copy of your constitution, minutes of meetings, and a list of members, including the Executive, and apply for the Chapter Support Grant.

Student Activity Grant

This grant consists of four awards totalling a maximum of $4000, and is available for an activity for the benefit of at-risk students who are receiving alternative programming.

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Regional Conference Grant

A single grant of $1000 is available to help offset the costs of holding a regional conference. One goal of the regional conference must be promoting membership in the BCAEA.

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Anita Chapman Award

Honouring a retired teacher, union activist, and long-time supporter of the BCAEA, this $1000 award is presented to a teacher, program or school that developed curriculum that caters specifically to alternate students.

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Kathi Hughes Award

Named after a long-time BCAEA Executive member and now-retired Prince George alternate teacher, this $1000 award is presented to a teacher willing to publish a newsletter article on their innovative program.

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Student Awards and Bursaries

Sponsoring Student Applications

As a teacher with a current membership in the BCAEA, you are eligible to sponsor up to five of your students' applications for one or more of our $9,000 in student awards. Changes and tweaks are made to the forms on an ongoing basis, so be sure to download the latest versions below, which are available as a fillable PDF form. 

Important: Students must claim their award within 18 months of winning. Awards unclaimed after 18 months have expired and are no longer valid. Questions should be addressed to the BCAEA Awards Chair

Student Bursary

To celebrate their success in alternate, five awards of $1000 each are available to a student graduating from an alternate program, and continuing their education or training at a post-secondary institution. 

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Student Achievement Award

Fifteen awards of $200 each are available to a student now enrolled in alternate who is demonstrating responsibility for behaviour, a significant level of self-motivation, improved self-esteem and self-confidence.

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Liz Louwersheimer Memorial Award

To honour the memory of our friend and long time BCAEA Executive member, this $1000 award goes to a deserving student who was enrolled in alternate and is pursuing a career in the mental health or helping professions fields.

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Please note that except for the Student Activity Grant and the Regional Conference Grant which accept submissions throughout the year, the deadline for receipt of applications for all other awards and grants is March 15th. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to consider incomplete or late applications.