Classroom Grant Applications and Resources
Photo Courtesy of Catherine Walton's 2012-2013 "Let's go Construct a Story"
project sponsored by Bank of America Client Foundation Howard C. Etson Memorial
Fund and Virginia white Clark Fund.
Edge of Excellence Classroom Grants
Classroom grants of up to $500 for innovative curriculum-based projects that provide contracted services (visiting artists, speakers, and performers) materials, supplies, audiovisuals, software, hardware, educational field trips, and equipment. These grants are designed to encourage cutting-edge teaching and educational adventures in the classroom.
All teachers, aides, school personnel, and instructors, are eligible to apply for classroom grants. You may submit up to five applications, but only be awarded up to three. Identical submissions are not allowed.
Exploration Classroom Grants
Classroom grants of up to $1500 for your classroom based on experiences currently posted on the www.edexploresrq.com site, to make the community's cultural and natural treasures more accessible to students and teachers. Educational field trips, performances, classroom visits with professional artists and scientists, video-conferencing and/or other ways of connecting your classroom to community resources, and so much more! These experiences are meant to help teachers meet state instructional standards and allow students to learn the content they are expected to master during the school year. Please contact the organization or individual you plan to work with before writing your grant. They can provide valuable help and contribute greatly to your grant's success.
All teachers, aides, school personnel, and instructors, are eligible to apply for classroom grants. You may submit up to three applications, but only be awarded up to two. Identical submissions are not allowed. Applicants submitting in groups are permissible, as long as one teacher takes the lead in the application.
Expanded Exploration Classroom Grants
Classroom grants of up to $5000 for opportunities similar to those eligible for the Exploration Classroom Grants, but these grants must be meet stricter criteria. These grants must involve multiple classrooms, at least 150 students, and/or an entire grade level. For Expanded Explorations Classroom Grants, fill out the Exploration Application and increase monetary amount to $5,000.
All teachers, aides, school personnel, and instructors, are eligible to apply for classroom grants. You may submit up to two applications, but only be awarded one. Identical submissions are not allowed. Applicants submitting in groups are permissible, as long as one teacher takes the lead in the application.
For up to $4,500 for STEM-related projects that involve local business partners. If you have an idea for a project that you think might be a good fit, please contact us at Michelle_Frau@edfoundation.net.
The 2014-2015 grant cycle is currently closed. Teachers may submit an application for Edge, Explorations, or Expanded Explorations grants between July1st, 2014 to September 19th, 2014.
If applying for an Exploration grant, your application must include at least one “exploration experience” that is currently posted on www.EdExploreSRQ.com. In addition, if you are considering applying for a larger Expanded Exploration Grant you must contact Michelle Frau in advance to confirm that your project qualifies for submission.
We are currently updating our Classroom Grant site, as well as the process for submissions, and welcome any advice on how to make the process easier for our applicants. Please do not begin submitting applications to our 2013-2014 Classroom Grant Site without confirming with us first that it is open.
Steps for Submitting your Application/s:
1. Consider what type of grant/s you’d like to apply for and think about these three important questions that we’ll ask you:
- Describe the project, focusing on how it will benefit your students. Why is it critical to learning in your classroom?
- What creative and/or effective method/s will be used to achieve your teaching goals?
- List two measurable student outcomes that you will track during the course of your grant. If you find that you have good, thorough responses for the questions, you indeed have a project worthy of submission.
2. Visit our Classroom Grant Site (Link to be Updated Soon) and begin your online application/s.
3. Make sure you submit your application/s before midnight, September 19th, 2014.
4. Complete the online applications and for each application submitted, you must complete a School Board required GAF (Grant Approval Form) by visiting this site: http://scs-webapps2.sarasota.k12.fl.us/grants/
Please complete your reports for your 2013-2014 grants by May 30th, 2014. If you cannot complete your report in time, please contact Michelle Frau to ask for an extension. Prior to the reporting phase, we encourage you to email the following to Michelle_Frau@edfoundation.net:
- Submit an invitation for your grant/s sponsor/s to visit your classroom/fieldtrip so they can see your grant in action. Sponsor Invitation Form
- Submit letters of thanks for your grant/s sponsors from you and/or your students via pony or email to the Education Foundation office.
- Submit copies of your proof of grant purchases in the form of receipts and invoices- electronic submission via email is preferred.
- We also appreciate digital photos (300 dpi), and examples of student work conducted during the grant project.
- Acknowledge your grant/s sponsor/s and the Education Foundation in any promotional materials. Please contact Michelle Frau for specific language to be used in media releases.
Completing your Grant Report/s:
- All grant reports will be filed electronically. CLICK HERE to access the reporting web portal. All reports must be completed and submitted by May 30th, 2014.
2013-2014 Grant Award Winners
More than 350 teachers, donors, volunteers and school district leaders celebrated the 24th Annual Classroom Grant Awards at Michael’s on East on December 4th, 2013. Susan Scott and Cheryl Gordon of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County announced a new round of grants totaling $169,670 for 193 projects developed by teachers from 41 public schools in the district.
51 grants totaling $73,513 were presented earlier this fall. This 2013-2014 school year teachers have received a record $243,183to date in Education Foundation Edge of Excellence and Exploration Grants Program.
Read more HERE!
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2013-2014 Grant Winners