LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The California Credit Union is inviting Los Angeles area educators with class project ideas to apply for funding through its bi-annual Teacher Grant Program.

“The program is open to any full-time classroom teacher in Los Angeles County who is looking to fund an innovative classroom learning opportunity,” according to the CCU. “The project should have clearly defined learning objectives tied to students’ academic needs, display creativity, and benefit a significant number of students.”

Ten grants of $500 each will be awarded to Los Angeles area teachers in November in the fall program.

“We were founded to serve the education community, and we can’t think of a better way to continue that commitment than helping teachers bring new and exciting programs into their classrooms,” said CCU President/CEO Steve O’Connell. “We hope this grant encourages teachers to make their dream project a reality for their students, and ask any teacher who has a class project idea that needs a little extra funding to apply for one of our grants.”

The application deadline is Oct. 19. More information is available at ccu.com/teachergrant.

Since the creation of the program in 2012, California Credit Union has awarded $70,000 in teacher grants to benefit students across Southern California. The bi-annual program offers up to 20 grants in the spring and fall to teachers across Los Angeles and San Diego counties, where CCU has 24 branches.

The credit union operates in San Diego County as North Island Credit Union, a division of California Credit Union.