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Time to Inspire Margie’s Educators

Would you love to pack up your camera next summer and capture the landscapes in Yellowstone National Park? If you could explore the universe in one of North America’s premier observatories, would that renew your passion for teaching science? Or do you just need time to take a cooking course from a master chef in Tuscany, Italy? Now, Sarasota County educators can do just that.

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.

  • 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

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.

2023 TIME Fellowship

Deadlines coming soon. To sign up to receive notice when the applications are live, please submit your information below.

Need Inspiration for a Project?

Click here to read about projects completed by the inaugural 2022 TIME Fellows.

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. If all goes well we hope to expand in the future.

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.

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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