2019 - 2020 I4 CLASSROOM GRANTS
I-4 CLASSROOM GRANT PROGRAM
Classroom Grants are the signature program of the Foundation for Leon County Schools (Foundation). The primary goal of the grant program is to enhance student achievement and teacher productivity by funding innovative projects that enrich and inspire student experiences.
2019-20 I-4 CLASSROOM GRANT INSTRUCTIONS
When is the application due?
The deadline is Friday, July 19, 2019 by 5:00 PM. With our new online form, there is no need to mail anything to the Foundation office. Once grants are awarded, we will expect a participant signature page. We want to award grant money early in August so projects can begin at the start of the school year.
How much money is available?
The maximum amount is $10,000 per group of teachers in K-12.
What are we looking for?
We award grants based on projects that are substantive in content and have potential to make the greatest impact. The grant application must demonstrate instruction aligned with school and district goals, a measurable educational impact, and the ability to be duplicated for ongoing and future implementation.
How may the money be spent?
Because our grant program is partially funded through the Consortium for Florida Education Foundations’ Matching Fund Program, grant money may be spent only on supplies, travel, field trips, printing, curriculum, computer software, etc. Funding will not be approved for food, parties, recognitions, or awards. Projects need to be results-oriented with clearly defined goals.
What is the accounting procedure?
A check will be made out to the school and be placed into internal accounts. The school bookkeeper will issue checks to cover expenses and file a short accounting form at the end of the project and provide proof that funds have been spent on the grant project. Any unspent funds as of April 30, 2018 must be returned to the Foundation for Leon County Schools. PLEASE SPEND ALL OF YOUR MONEY. Contact Nick Maddox at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help!
How will the winning grants be chosen?
A committee composed of FLCS Board Members will review grant applications. Projects are evaluated on their potential benefit to students, the number of students involved, project creativity and innovation, effective use of resources, potential sponsor support and evaluation methods. The review committee will receive blind applications (teacher and school names or references will be removed). This ensures that grant applications are judged on their merit and we avoid potential conflicts of interest. Including a business partner component to your grant application will qualify you for more points (for example, “Target will donate art supplies.”).
Is it a blind application form?
Yes, this is a blind application form. On page 1 of the application form, please list the school, teacher names and other identifying information. Please do not identify applicants, schools, or communities on pages 2-3 of application.
If our grant is awarded, is there any other responsibility other than implementation and evaluation?
Yes, we ask that awardees document their projects with pictures and that they deliver a short presentation at one of our Foundation Board of Directors meetings
HOW OUR GRANT PROCESS WORKS
Grants are awarded based on projects that are substantive in content and have potential to make the greatest impact in the classroom. The grant application must demonstrate instruction aligned with school and district goals, measurable educational impacts, and the ability to be replicated for ongoing and future implementation in the classroom.
A committee composed of Foundation members, business partners and educators review the grant applications. Projects are evaluated on their potential benefit to students, the number of students involved, project creativity and innovation, effective use of resources, potential sponsor support, evaluation methods and program replication.