Eligibility Guidelines

(Note: A set of step-by step videos on the application process are available at this link: http://blog.myclassneeds.ca/3-ApplicationGuide )

School Eligibility Guidelines

Schools must be secondary schools located in Canada and must receive majority of their operational funding from public sources to be eligible to participate. This includes Catholic and other faith-based schools, so long as they receive the majority of their operational funding through the public system. First Nations schools funded by the federal government through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada are also eligible.


Teacher Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Best Buy Canada School Tech Micro-Grants initiative and to post a project on MyClassNeeds.ca, a teacher must be:

  • A qualified 9-12 educator
  • A full-time employee (or equivalent) in an eligible school in Canada (Note: teachers in permanent job-share positions would be eligible, but not teachers in temporary/supply/short-term positions)
  • Primarily assigned to directly serve students

Project Eligibility Requirements

  • A project must clearly identify a potential benefit to student learning
  • The project must adhere to Provincial/Board/School fundraising policies
  • Projects are limited to a maximum of $1,000 (before shipping, taxes, and fees)
  • Classroom project requests must be submitted by the individual educator who will carry on the project 
  • Projects from all disciplines/subjects are eligible, but funding priority will be given to projects with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) component. E.g. Art, Phys. Ed., English, etc. projects with a STEM component would be eligible
  • To qualify under the ‘technology’ component, the project must identify how students will be engaged in learning about technology. A request for ‘technology’ equipment would not by itself be sufficient to qualify.
  • For more information on rules, consult the Program Rules and FAQs


Ineligible Suppliers

There are certain types of suppliers we are not able to order from:

  • Non-Canadian suppliers (due to currency conversions, duties and shipping delays)
  • Canadian Suppliers with incompatible ordering/shipping processes (e.g. suppliers who don't ship to 3rd parties)
  • Amazon suppliers which are not eligible for Amazon Prime (i.e. suppliers whose fulfillment is not done by Amazon)

Wherever possible we suggest a suitable alternative during the application process

Eligible Resources

The following items are not eligible for funding under the Fuel Your School initiative:

  • Building equipment and furniture (e.g. bulbs, fans, heaters, air conditioners, tables, chairs, cabinets, carpets,...)
  • Cash or equivalents (e.g. gift cards)
  • Perishable items (including food)
  • Any materials that cannot be shipped by the vendor (e.g. construction materials such as brick, lumber,...)
  • Items that are not eligible for Amazon Prime (i.e. items not fulfilled by Amazon.ca)

Examples of items eligible for funding (non-exhaustive):

  • Manipulatives (e.g. building materials, force and motion kits, fraction kits, pattern blocks, etc.)
  • 'Live' science (chicken incubators, salmon hatcheries, butterfly larvae, see-through planters)
  • Science equipment (microscopes, body & cell models, skeletons, sensors and probes, heart-rate monitors, etc.)
  • Technology* primarily for use directly by students (robotics kits, rocketry kits, 3d printers, cameras, netbooks, RC car-building kits, etc.)

The list of eligible items is not exhaustive. Please consult your board policies on fundraising and purchasing to ensure your request complies with established practices.

* Technology: please consult with your board policies on supported technologies. NOTE: technology items that are not intended to be primarily used directly by students are not eligible.