Grants totaling $18,000 were given to 100 teachers from 14 Westchester schools last week during a ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey.

The grants were designed to cover expenses that many local teachers made that aren’t covered by school district or school budgets.

“The purposes of the grants are for creative and innovative projects for the classroom where there is no funding for these types of programs unless the teacher pays out of pocket, which they often do,” said Lance Lipscomb, chamber member active in the program.

Over the years, projects have included painting, growing vegetables gardens, making book bags, computer software, special itinerary programs and outdoor education programs, he said.

The grants range from $75 to $400. Often several teachers combined to apply for a single grant.

The teachers apply for the grants.

Among those contributing to the grants were the Westchester Rotary Club; the Playa Sunrise Rotary Club; the LAX Rotary Club; the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce; Travelodge; Wells Fargo Bank; the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey; Supervisor Don Knabe and Gateway to LA.