Former Colbert Report host and future Late Show host Stephen Colbert announced today that he would personally fund every existing grant request made by public school teachers in South Carolina.
Colbert partnered with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource to fund nearly 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools, totaling $800,000.
Colbert, a South Carolina native, announced the funding at a conference in New York hosted by DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding non-profit where teachers create projects requesting materials and experiences their students need to learn, and donors support the projects that inspire them.
As the Greenville News points out, some of the teachers and schools that will receive grants have as many as 100 percent of their students on free or reduced price lunches. These are very poor districts.