Classical Promise Grants

As Latin flourishes in both elementary and secondary schools, we must endeavor to ensure that as many students as possible are afforded an introduction to Latin and the classical world. Our aim is to spur growth of Latin and the Classics at the elementary and middle school level, and to help create and strengthen foreign language partnerships between elementary and secondary schools.

The Classical Promise Grant allows enterprising teachers and students to engineer programs using both the organizational and financial support of Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute.

These grants are available to individuals who wish to create or maintain a Latin/Classical Studies program or event geared toward elementary/middle-school-aged students. Applicants may be:

  • high school students
  • college students
  • teachers
  • homeschool instructors
  • middle school students (if applying in conjunction with a sponsoring teacher/parent)

The exploratory program should

  • be centered around fun and interactive lessons about the culture and language of the Roman world.
  • provide an opportunity for elementary/middle-school-aged school students to enjoy a taste of the Roman world.

Previous grants have funded programs such as

  • plays based on Phaedrus' Fabulae,
  • after-school workshops introducing the basics of the Latin language and culture
  • summer programs focusing on Greco-Roman mythology and Classical history

Grant proposals can be used to help defray the costs of

  • publicity
  • materials for props, sceneries, and costumes
  • food and drink for banquets
  • materials for art and culture lessons and more!

To help recipients plan and organize their programs, Ascanius will provide:

  • mentors to help guide them in the creation, selection, and teaching of the lessons
  • free access to the hundreds of lessons and activities developed by Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute
  • these include lessons on basic Latin topics (body parts, colors, numbers) as well as Roman cultural topics (art and architecture, theater, fashion, etc.).

At the conclusion of their program, recipients will be required to write a summary of their experience and include a few photos for our yearly publication Iter Ascanii.

Applications for funding should be submitted in advance of the program.

Grants are available in amounts ranging from $50 to $200.

Applications for fall/winter programs must be submitted in full by September 15th.
Applications for spring/summer programs must be submitted by January 15th.

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