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

How to Apply

The deadline for the 2019 MG4T applications is November 8, 2019.

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.

What is the MG4T Program?

Ruiz 4 Kids understands that limited school budgets restrict teachers from purchasing materials for projects, activities, and even basic classroom needs. This program is designed to help teachers purchase the materials they need to help make their job possible and ease the financial burden many teachers carry.

Who can apply?

This program is available to educators teaching in a public K-12 school. In California, the school must be within a 35-mile radius of Dinuba. In Texas, the school must be within a 50-mile radius from Denison. In South Carolina, the school must be within a 50-mile radius of Florence.

How much are the grants worth?

Grants range up to $1,000.

How is the program funded?

Ruiz Foods team members donate money out of their pay to fund these grants. 100% of their donations go right into the hands of teachers in the community.

Funding Priorities:

  • Basic Needs – Essential materials required to carry out curriculum work and meet the basic needs of all students in the classroom.
  • Impact – potential to improve student achievement, potential for continuation/replication, potential to enhance instructional skills.
  • Innovation – Creativity of the project, innovative approach, academic objective with curriculum context.
  • Planning – Clear plan for project implementation, teacher capability, cost effectiveness and a realistic budge.


Grants will not be considered for the renovation of facilities, religious activities or teachings, non-academic projects, field trips or tuition for special classes.

How to apply:

Submission deadline is November 8, 2019.

Download and complete the application using the link on this page. Please make sure to submit applications to the corresponding location:


Ruiz 4 Kids-MG4T
Attn: Blanca Santana
P.O. Box 37
Dinuba, CA 93618


Ruiz 4 Kids-MG4T
Attn: Jeanne Ulcak
2410 Texoma Drive
Denison, TX 75020

South Carolina

Ruiz 4 Kids-MG4T
Attn: Krista Meekins
2557 Florence Harllee Blvd.
Florence, SC 29506