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 2018-2019 school year is now closed. Please check back in the Spring of 2019.

2018 Mini Grants for Teachers

In 2018, R4K awarded $98,685.40 to 126 teachers in California, Texas, and South Carolina. These amazing results are all made possible by the generous support from Ruiz Foods’ Team Members.


School Teacher Project Grant
A. L. Conner Elementary Rubalcaba Active Literacy Station $1000.00
Annie R Mitchell Elementary Pursifull Literacy Starts in Transitional Kindergarten $408.00
Central Valley Home School Muradian Lepidoptera Metamorphosis $1000.00
Conyer Elementary Byerlee Innovative Seating $750.00
Crestwood Elementary Prado BreakoutEDU $831.19
Crestwood Elementary Avila Compact Chairs $990.40
Cutler Elementary School Langdon VEX Kits for Enginnering/Coding $961.12
Cutler Elementary School Moya Dual Immersion Program $1000.00
Cutler Elementary School Leon Enrichment through the Arts $932.90
El Monte Middle School Troncozo Growth Midnset While Reading $650.00
Golden Valley Elementary Jasso Provide a Safe Environment and Improve Student Learning $1000.00
Golden Valley School Franks Literacy Homework Backpacks $1000.00
Grand View Elementary School Khalil Book Clubs $1000.00
Hurley Elementary Wynn MakerSpace $1000.00
Kennedy School Vartanian Love of Literature $1000.00
Kennedy School Gonzalez Imagine, Belive, Achieve $1000.00
Kings River Union Elementary Amador A Walk Through the American Revolution $900.00
Kings River Union Elementary Grigsby Bilingual Families Read Together $1000.00
Kingsburg High School Woods Mobile App Development $1000.00
Liberty Elementary Nelson Setting the Stage $462.63
Lincoln Elementary Rubalcaba Rubik's Cube in the Classroom $400.00
Lincoln Elementary Prins Flexible Classroom Library $1000.00
Lincoln Elementary Cazarez Coding with Raspberry Pi $1000.00
Lincoln Elementary Casida First Lego League Jr. $1000.00
Lincoln Elementary Sembritzki Igniting STEAM for Students $1000.00
Linwood School Medeiros STEAM Makerspace $910.46
Linwood School Conard LEGO WeDo2.0 $975.00
Madison Elementary Robitschek-Silva STEM Activities & Exploration $551.71
Manuel F Hernandez Beavers Family Game Time $384.55
Manuel F Hernandez Blanco Reorganization=Pathway to Flexible Collaboration $234.66
Manuel F Hernandez Johnson Stand to Learn $727.32
Manuel F Hernandez White Independent Reading Program $1000.00
Manuel F Hernandez Boyle Building Math Minds $300.00
Marshall Elementary Lopez Little Scientists $675.00
Mathew J. Brletic Elementary Pena Checking for Understanding $985.50
Mathew J. Brletic Elementary Estep ABC Recognition for English Learners $1000.00
Mission Oak High School Rajewich Internvention Math Lab $1000.00
Oak Grove School Moore NGSS/STEM Literature $749.32
Palm Elementary Capistran Educate, Motivate, & Inspire $800.00
Quail Lake Charter School Rehfeldt Take Home Literacy Bags $1000.00
Redwood High School Kasun Conceptual Physics DVDs $600.00
Redwood High School Romo Virtual Reality: College Tours+ $700.00
Redwood High School Oliveira 360 Math $300.00
Ridgeview Middle School Perez Escape Rooms $1000.00
Riverdale High School Bettencourt AP Prep $466.60
Riverview Elementary School Percival Classroom Library $1000.00
Rocky Hill Elementary Bovetti STEM Fabtronic Sewing $400.00
Roosevelt Elementary Ahumada Reader's Workshop $1000.00
Royal Oaks Elementary Carrasco Family Literacy Night $1000.00
Royal Oaks Elementary Carrillo 21st Century Learning with Flexible Seating $1000.00
Sierra Vista Elementary Fern Books for Vikings $1000.00
Sundale Elementary School Wolsey Technology for Classroom $1000.00
Sycamore Valley Academy Brenner Independent Reading Books $500.00
Sycamore Valley Academy Rook Goldilocks Planets $1000.00
Sycamore Valley Academy Baeza Operation Chromebooks $1000.00
Sycamore Valley Academy Chan Operation Chromebooks $1000.00
Tulare Union High School York Adventures in STEM Aviation $939.95
Tulare Western High School Ferguson Flowers for Mustangs $885.37
University Preparatory High School Curtiss Arborbotics/UPHS Robotics $1000.00
Valley Oak Middle School Sessions-Owens Get Them Reading $1000.00
Washington Academic Avalos Expanding Literacy Through Science Fiction $880.00
Washington Academic Middle School Miller Bringing Virtual Reality into the Classroom $322.49
Washington Academic Middle School Simons Listening Centers $521.40
Washington Academic Middle School Smith Flexible Classroom Seating $450.00
Washington School McKercher Reading & Writing at School and Home $1000.00
Willow Glen Elementary Borowicz Headphones, please! $341.97
Willow Glen Elementary Horton MakerSpace $900.00
Wilson Elementary Basso Makerspaces in Kindergarten $1000.00
Wilson Elementary Page Buddy Bench $942.17
Wilson School Garcia Creative Learning Through Play $1000.00


School Teacher Project Grant
B. McDaniel Kinghorn LEGO Mindstorm Robotics $823.90
Colbert Westward School Risner Everyway Experience to Learning $988.35
Colbert Westward School Cooper Ipads for Kindergarten Centers $897.00
Colbert Westward School Beal Making Learning Fun $350.00
Dodd City Elementary Melson Edison Robots for Elem STEAM $988.00
Finley-Oates Elementary Campbell Centers for Discovery in Reading $718.21
Finley-Oates Elementary Murray Kindergarteners Can Code $654.50
Finley-Oates Elementary Rich Calming Corners $564.83
Fred Douglass Early Childhood Gruhn Listening Station Renovation $911.82
Jefferson Elementary Anjum Flexible Seating $461.22
Jefferson Elementary Rich Sensory Course $650.00
Jefferson Elementary Brin Blue-Bots and Map Mats $723.65
Jefferson Elementary De Caires Osmo - The Learning of Future $980.29
L.H. Rather Jr. High Poomorhammadi Full Steam Ahead $998.00
L.H. Rather Jr. High Durante Science Inquiry $972.95
L.H. Rather Jr. High Whitlock Flexible Learning $925.60
Melissa HS Kennedy Breakout EDU $600.00
Melissa HS Bingman Finch Robot Program $445.50
Neblett Elementary Clendenin Loving Literacy $527.02
Neblett Elementary Rivera The Leader in Me $323.82
North Creek Elementary Croft Gamify Learning! $275.00
North Creek Elementary Branam Dash into the Future $894.00
Piner Middle School Oveross Tweens Have the Means $972.00
Pottsboro Middle School Robbins STEM in the Power Zone $656.00
Sam Rayburn Elementary Shastid Literacy in the Math Classroom $345.00
Savoy Elementary Sweet Flexable/Alternative Seating $849.40
Trenton Elementary Price FUNctional Math $340.00
Trenton High School Williams Home Framing and Design $521.45
Trenton Middle School Burk Robotics in the Classroom $1000.00
Wakefield Elementary Russell Reading with Meaning $600.00
Washington Elementary Davis Adventure Is Out There! $878.90

South Carolina

School Teacher Project Grant
Briggs Elementary Rhodes The Reading Cycle $385.00
Britton's Neck Elementary Jones Subtizing to Build Number Sense $1000.00
Carver Ward Making Computer Connections $702.00
Darlington High School Smith Farm to Table $1000.00
Delmae Heights Young Making More Meaning with Math $529.53
Delmae Heights Singletary Storybook STEM $300.00
Delmae Heights Russell BINGO for a book $900.00
Dewey L. Carter King More Books, More Seats, More Reading $955.78
Greenwood Elementary Dagnese Mathematicians on the Move $771.10
Hannah-Pamplico Elementary Creel Moving and Motivating our Bodies $693.87
Henry Timrod Sapp 1 2 3 Fore $570.00
Johnsonville Elementary Pittman HOT DOTS for Hot Shots! $400.00
Lake City High School McAllister Tools for Future Teachers $950.00
Moore Intermediate Fanning Bringing Science into the Kitchen $902.93
Moore Intermediate Duncan Digital Portfolios for Students $705.00
North Hartsville Elementary Bannister NHE Eagles Publishing $690.00
North Vista Elementary McGurn Robotics Integration $982.54
North Vista Elementary Dantzler Graphing Motion $831.32
Rafting Creek Elementary Scott Inquiring Minds Want to Know $1000.00
Royall Elementary Forehand Engaging Math Minds in 2nd Grade $967.69
Royall Elementary Gatewood The Art of Coding $720.00
Royall Elementary Gaskins Full STEAM Ahead! $696.86
Walker Gamble Elementary Moulds Drumming Around the World $967.47
Wallace Gregg Elementary Gause Robot Wonderteams $933.99
Wilson High School George Juguemos y aprendamos $564.20