Grant Selection Process
Our grant process is a full year cycle. It begins in January with application distribution and culminates in October with the Grant Awards Ceremony. Prior to each grant season, The Ed. Foundation team meets with Superintendent Dr. Kathy Mooney, school district administrators, and each building principal to develop grant focus areas such as technology, literacy or science and math. We attend staff meetings at all of the seven schools to explain the process and answer any questions that might arise. As part of the application process, The Ed. Foundation requires each grant to be signed off by the applicant’s building principal, as well as Ryan Meloni, Director of Technology, and Jim Ristano, Director of Facilities, for grants that impact technology or facilities in the District.
Applications are usually due at the end of March to give our Grants Committee ample time to read and assess them. We receive applications from teachers, administrators, students and other community members. The committee meets to evaluate the merits of each individual proposal. The Committee reviews the requests using criteria such as number of students served, ties to curriculum, creativity of the project, budget and impact on the school and students served. We also assess whether partial funding is an option, or whether support from other community organizations is a possibility. After thorough evaluation and prioritization, the Grants Committee makes its recommendations to the entire Ed. Foundation Board in May for a vote on funding decisions. Applicants are notified in June. Once the grants are awarded, fundraising for the next year commences, beginning the grant application and award cycle for the following school year.