In 2004 the Community Foundation's Education Foundation Trust and the Junior League joined forces and combined their separate competitive granting programs to assist Jackson Public School teachers.

The two organizations recently announced the winners of the 2020-2021 mini-grants that will go to K-12 teachers to “enhance, enrich and support the JPS educational curriculum.” Teachers from eight different schools will share the funds for reading, science, technology and other projects.

“It’s not just about meeting the day-to-day needs, as important as that is. It’s about envisioning these young people at promise not just at risk at promise so they can go on and do anything in the world like anyone else," JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick Greene said.