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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 a telescope, dip your paintbrush, listen to the music, or slow down to smell (and perhaps study) the roses. The TIME Fellowship program offers Sarasota County Schools educators time to reconnect with their love of teaching.

Applying for a 2025 TIME Fellowship: Key Info and Dates

  • Application Process and Tip Guide
  • Fellowship Application Portal
  • April 29, 2024 – Application period opens
  • May 29, 2024, at 7:30 a.m. – Info session (Zoom)
  • August 8, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. – Info session* (Zoom)
  • September 30, 2024 – Application deadline
  • November 2024 – Notification
  • December 31, 2025 – Fellowship completion deadline
  • January 30, 2026 – Final report deadline

* will cover same information as May session 

Why and What

Margie and Chuck Barancik loved and admired the children and teachers in our community.  Thanks to Margie’s teaching career, they also understood the crucial role that a motivated and highly effective teacher plays in a child’s academic success.

To honor Margie’s legacy, we created Time to Inspire Margie’s Educators (TIME), a fellowship program for educators in the Sarasota County school district.  This initiative annually awards 25 fellowships of up to $12,000 for experiences designed to reinvigorate educators’ dedication to their students and commitment to the art of teaching.  Since 2022, 75 teachers, assistant principals, and principals have received TIME Fellowships in Margie’s memory.  (Go here to read project summaries for our 2024 TIME Fellows.)

Fellowship proposal:

Whether submitting a proposal individually or as part of a group, here are a few things to consider as you get started:

  • Winning proposals are intellectually stimulating, personally renewing, and designed to creatively expand the educator’s experiences.
  • Proposals should be unique, offering opportunities for personal fulfillment and professional inspiration that might otherwise not be available.
  • Attention to clarity, organization, planning, and research are critical components of a successful application.
  • While responsible stewardship of philanthropic funds is important, successful applicants often maximize the potential funding of this opportunity through comprehensive proposals.

Deadlines for 2024 Fellows

  • Fellowship portal for final report submission
  • December 31, 2024 – Fellowship completion deadline
  • January 31, 2025 – Final report deadline

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

The 2025 TIME Fellowship program is open to currently employed, full-time instructional staff, assistant principals, and principals within Sarasota County Schools (SCS) pre-K to 12 traditional public schools who meet the following criteria:

  • are assigned to a single school;
  • maintain a current professional certificate with the state of Florida;
  • have been employed in an instructional/administrative capacity within SCS traditional public schools for three or more academic years; and
  • confirm their intention to continue teaching or working in SCS traditional public schools for at least three academic years after completing the fellowship.

Currently, charter, private, or virtual schools and classified staff are not eligible to apply.

Has anything changed from last year’s TIME Fellowship program?

Based on helpful feedback from past applicants and school-district leadership, a few changes have been made to expand eligibility and simplify the application process:

  • All full-time, single-school-based instructional staff (not just teachers of record) may apply this year.
  • Letters of recommendation from colleagues are now optional. (A letter from your principal/district supervisor is still required.)
  • While applicants must possess a current professional certificate to qualify, there is no need to upload certification documents with the application.
  • Early submission of your application will earn a courtesy review for “completeness” by Barancik Foundation staff.

Can two or more educators submit a collaborative project proposal?

Yes, group projects may be submitted.  Each applicant should submit an individual application but be sure to use the same proposal title.

Can couples in which both parties are educators apply?

Yes, couples in which both parties are qualified educators are eligible to apply for the TIME Fellowship.  However, each individual must submit a separate application, even if they plan to collaborate on a joint project.  If both individuals are selected as fellows, they will each receive their own fellowship award up to $12,000.

Can someone who is not employed by Sarasota County Schools join me on my fellowship?

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

If I applied in the past but my fellowship proposal was not chosen, can I reapply?

Yes, there is no limit to how frequently you may apply if you did not previously receive a fellowship.  We welcome and encourage return applicants.

If I was previously awarded a fellowship, can I apply again in the future?

If you received a fellowship in the past, you must wait five years to reapply.

If I am reapplying for a fellowship, should I create a new user ID?

No, simply log into the application portal using your previous user ID, which should be your email.  If you forgot your password, click “Forgot your Password?” This will prevent the creation of a duplicate profile.

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

No.  Your recommendation(s) must be from someone who works within Sarasota County Schools.

Are the fellowship funds taxable?

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

When are 1099s typically mailed out?

Typically, 1099s are mailed in January, in the calendar year following the year you received your payment.  For example, fellowship payments made in 2024 will receive a 1099 in January 2025.

If prices change or my project goes over-budget, can I get reimbursed more money than I applied for?

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

I incorrectly answered a question on the eligibility quiz. How should I proceed?

Email [email protected] and we will reset your eligibility quiz so you are able to retake it.

Do I need approval to change my fellowship timeline or budget?

If you are making inconsequential or immaterial changes, you do not need approval.  If changes will significantly alter your proposed project or its timeline for completion, let us know by emailing [email protected].

Still have questions?  Read our complete list of FAQs or 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.

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