Ruiz 4 Kids noticed that we have some great teachers who have creative ideas for things they would like to do for their classrooms and students, if only they could find the money. And so "Mini-Grants for Teachers" (MG4T) was born.

K-12 teachers can apply for grant awards from $300-$1,000. The objective is to encourage and support teachers who have great ideas for creative use of curriculum that will provide enhanced learning experiences for students. Mini-Grants enable the purchase of special materials and resources for the classrooms and are intended to support projects not provided for within school budgets or through other means. All grant recipients are expected to report on the expenditure of grant funds and results of the supported project at the end of the funded school year.

Who Can Apply?

K-12 public school teachers in the areas listed below are invited to apply. A maximum of one grant will be awarded per teacher, per year.

California Within a 35 mile radius of Dinuba, California
Texas Within a 50 mile radius of Denison, Texas
South Carolina Within a 50 mile radius of Florence, South Carolina

To Apply

The deadline for the 2018 MG4T applications is July 13, 2018.

2017 Mini Grants for Teachers

In 2017, Ruiz 4 Kids awarded $47,923 to 62 teachers in California, Texas, and South Carolina. These amazing results are all made possible by the generous support from Ruiz Foods’ Team Members.


City School Teacher Project
Cutler Cutler Elementary Gomez Anti Bullying Campaign
Cutler Cutler Elementary Hiyama Expanding Literacy
Cutler Cutler Elementary Leon Mathematics in First Grade
Dinuba Wilson Elementary Garcia To Inspire, Motivate, and Encourage
Dinuba Grand View Elementary School Khalil Student Exploration
Dinuba Dinuba High School Lara Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Dinuba Wilson Elementary Peña Developmental Approach to K
Dinuba Wilson Elementary Perez Robotics Club
Dinuba Grand View Elementary School Turner Life During the CA Gold Rush
Goshen Goshen Elementary Card Stand Up and Present
Kingsburg Kings River Elementary Hosler Realtime Reporting
Orosi Golden Valley Elementary Hernandez Golden Valley Book Club
Orosi Orosi High School Jobe Make it Last
Tulare Garden Elementary Clyborne Gold Rush
Visalia Highland Elementary Aguila Lego Build to Express Dialogue Kit
Visalia Willow Glen Elementary Borowicz Flexible Seating=Flexible Learning
Visalia Linwood Elementary Cates Wiggle, Giggle, Gobble More
Visalia Goshen Elementary DeArmond Fraction Manipulatives
Visalia Willow Glen Elementary Horton MakerSpace
Visalia Highland Elementary Zieg STEM Activities Manipulatives
Visalia Veva Blunt Elementary Hodgin Butterfly Project
Visalia Washington Elementary McGlasson Butterfly Life Cycle
Visalia Goshen Elementary Olvera-Clarkson Literacy Storytelling Kits
Visalia Goshen Elementary Quinonez Conceptualizing Fractions
Visalia Oak Grove School Ray Independent Reading Program


City School Teacher Project
Bells Pritchard Jr. High Brandt Nothing Flashy; Just the Basics
Bells Bells Elementary Fisher Problem Solving with STEM
Colbert Colbert Westward Gibby Flyiung High With Fluency
Denison B. McDaniel Intermediate Hallford History Labs
Denison B. McDaniel Intermediate Heflin Colonial Marketplace
Sherman Wakefield Elementary Murphey Geography Bee or Maps, Graphs..
Sherman Fred Douglass Early Childhood Gruhn Osmo Hands On Learning
Sherman Wakefield Elementary Porter Mountain Math
Sherman Washington Elementary School Blackshear Classroom Set-Stability Ball Grant
Sherman Wakefield Elementary Mazzant Mountain Math
Sherman Sory Elementary Vazquez Family Math Nights
Sherman Sory Elementary Vazquez Linking Science/Math Through STEM
Tom Bean Tom Bean Middle School Yates Kids to Work Program

South Carolina

City School Teacher Project
Coward JC Lynch Elementary Carber STEM in the Library
Coward JC Lynch Elementary Evans Stations Still Work
Florence Moore Elementary Nellis Café Classroom Library
Florence Williams Middle School Hasenkamp Break Out of the Ordinary
Florence Greenwood Elementary School Rowell The Chrome Equation
Florence Delmae Heights Elementary Russell Read for a Bead
Florence Delmae Heights Elementary Young Plant a Seed for Reading
Florence North Vista Elementary School Smith STEAM Carts on hand
Florence South Florence High School Souchet Aviation STEM
Florence West Florence High School Hobgood Engaging Math Learners
Florence Moore Elementary Anderson Apples STEM Knowledge
Florence South Florence High School Bibler Game On
Florence Briggs Elementary Rhodes I Bee Bot, You Bee Bot
Florence McLaurin Elementary School Collins Technology Integration
Florence Lucy T. Davis Krupla Growing Our Classroom Library
Florence Greenwood Elementary School Welch Out with the Old, in with the New!
Florence Williams Middle School Jones Train Like a Pro, Test Like a Champ
Florence Southside Middle School Christy Spinning Towards Excellence
Florence Carver Elementary Ward Keeping Kindergarten Connected
Florence Greenwood Elementary School Leonard A Home for Chromes
Johnsonville Johnsonville Middle School Carter Stringing the Carolinas
Johnsonville Johnsonville Middle School Tanner CSI-Crime Scene Investigations
Lake City Lake City High School Muldrow Language in Animation