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Time to Inspire Margie’s Educators

Begin your journey to personal refreshment and professional renewal. Lace up your walking shoes, peer through the telescope, dip your paintbrush, listen to the music, or simply rest along the shore. The TIME Fellowship Program offers Sarasota County educators time to reconnect with their love of teaching.

Why and What

Chuck and Margie Barancik loved our community’s children and teachers. As a former teacher, Margie knew what research clearly states: a motivated and highly effective classroom teacher is the most important factor for a child’s academic success.

To honor Margie’s chosen profession, the TIME Fellowship (Time to Inspire Margie’s Educators) will support as many as 25 fellowships to Sarasota County School District educators, each awarded up to $12,000, to help refresh and renew their commitment to teaching.

Project proposal:

Project proposals from both individual applicants and collaborative groups of two or more may be submitted.  Each project idea should be intellectually revitalizing and personally renewing.  The idea proposed should also seek to creatively expand an educator’s experiences through projects that are of a unique quality and provide opportunities for personal fulfillment that might otherwise not be available.

  • Employed by Sarasota County School District as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, or principal
  • Minimum three years’ experience teaching in Sarasota County public schools
  • A commitment to teaching another three years in Sarasota County

The 2023 TIME Fellowship application is closed. Educators will be invited to apply for the 2024 cohort this summer. Check back for updates or receive a notification when the application opens by subscribing below.


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Key Links and Dates for 2023 Fellows

  • Access Fellowship Portal here
  • December 31, 2023 – Project completion
  • January 31, 2024 – Final report deadline

Key Links for 2022 Fellowship Recipients

Frequently Asked Questions

Are ESE resource liaisons, speech pathologists, or school counselors, etc. eligible to apply?

Currently the pilot program of this initiative does not include professionals in these positions unless they are a classroom teachers of record.

Are the project funds taxable?

Yes, selected participants will be issued a 1099 tax form for all funds they receive.

Can married couples in which both parties are teachers apply?

Yes, and each individual is eligible to receive up to $12,000 for their projects, so $24,000 total in this case.

Can someone who isn't employed by Sarasota County Schools join me on my project?

Yes, as long as the project does not exceed the budget.

Can my letter of recommendation from a colleague be someone from outside of work?

No. Your letters of recommendation must be from someone who works within Sarasota County Schools.

If prices change or I am under budget, can I get reimbursed more money than I applied for?

No. Once decisions have been made, all payments are final based on your requested budget.

Still have questions? Email us at [email protected]

About Barancik Foundation

The Charles and Margery Barancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation—a private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Florida.

1515 Ringling Boulevard, Suite 500, Sarasota FL 34236
The Barancik Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.

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