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 students to engineer programs using both the organizational and financial support of Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute.

These grants are available to any high school or college student, teacher, or homeschool instructor who wishes to create or maintain a Latin/Classical Studies program, geared towards elementary/middle-school-aged students. Middle school students may also apply in conjunction with a sponsoring teacher/parent.

Grant recipients will be responsible for providing interesting and exciting lessons to elementary/middle-school-aged students. This exploratory program should be centered around fun and interactive lessons about the culture and language of the Roman world. The program should exist as 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 and summer programs introducing the basics of the Latin language, Greco-Roman mythology, architecture, and history. We happily invite grant proposals to help defray the costs of programs by helping with publicity; materials for props, sceneries, and costumes; food and drink for banquets; materials for art and architectural lessons; and more!

Mentors will be available to guide recipients in the creation, selection and teaching of the lessons. In addition, to help them plan and organize their program, grant recipients will receive 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 (including at least one photo) for Iter Ascanii, a publication of Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute.

Applications for funding should be submitted in advance of the program. Applications for fall/winter programs must be submitted in full by September 15th of each year. Applications for spring/summer programs must be submitted by late January. Students may apply for grants at any time, but preference will be given to early applicants. Grants are available in amounts ranging from $50 to $200. These funds must be used in the purchase of materials and other items related to the program.