Applications are typically considered twice during each school year. Fall applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the published deadline date which is 30 days prior to the November award date. Spring applications are due 30 days prior to the April award date.
To be eligible for a grant, applicants must propose an innovative and creative project that will enrich and enhance student learning beyond the scope of normal required school expenditures and the required course of study. A rubric describing the criteria used by the Committee to evaluate grants is available on the Foundation’s website.
All applications that are received by the deadline are distributed to members of the Foundation’s Classroom Grant Committee. Committee members use the rubric (available on the Foundation’s website) to score each application. The Committee then meets to discuss the applications and decide which applications to recommend for funding. The entire Foundation Board then votes on those recommendations.
Absolutely. The Foundation is unable to fund every worthy project. In some cases, the Committee may direct teachers to potential / alternative funding sources. In other cases, the Committee can make recommendations about how a proposal can be strengthened so that it is more likely to be funded in the future.
Collaboration is encouraged. The Foundation is interested in projects that will have the greatest effect on students. Working with another teacher or staff at another school is one way to extend the idea’s impact.
The Foundation will give consideration to any project that enriches and extends the learning of Springfield students. We want to encourage Springfield employees to think outside the box and develop projects so unique and original that they cannot be funded through the usual channels.
The Foundation is eager to fund software and supplemental technology including hand-held devices, media production devices and other learning tools (but with the exception of Chromebooks). All requests for technology will be reviewed by the District’s Director of Technology to be sure they are compatible with District specifications.
Springfield Schools Foundation will not provide grants to cover basic supplies which would ordinarily be part of the school district’s budget. In addition, Foundation grants cannot be used for teacher salaries, stipends, food, decorations, prizes or ChromeBooks.
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