Guidelines for Grant Applications

PURPOSE
The purpose of the SISD Education Foundation grants is to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward creative and well designed instructional approaches.

PERSONS ELIGIBLE
Individuals or teams of individuals employed by the Spring Independent School District who are involved in the instruction of students or related support services benefiting students.

PROPOSALS ELIGIBLE
Instructional approaches or projects to begin during the current or following school year and which meet the selection criteria.

  • Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to individual Teacher initiated programs or projects.
  • Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to Campus Teams, Department
  • Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to District initiated programs or projects.

Grants will be awarded on the basis of committee recommendation based on selection criteria and availability of funds from the Education Foundation.

  • The degree in which the grant is specifically designed to address an area of need substantiated by data.
  • The degree to which the proposal represents a creative or innovative approach to the accomplishment of
    objectives. The proposal should address a new project as opposed to one accomplished or under way.
  • The degree to which student academic performance is emphasized.
  • The degree to which the proposal is feasible as written.
  • The degree to which sound evaluation procedures are incorporated in the proposal.
  • The degree to which the proposal is clear and logical, including:
    1. specificity and measurability of objectives,
    2. clarity of description of procedures
    3. linkage of purpose, goals and objectives, procedures and evaluation.
  • Application forms may be obtained from the Education Foundation website
  • Teacher initiated applications must be reviewed and signed by the principal.
  • Applications approved by the principal must be submitted to Sandra Scott, Education Foundation by 4:00 p.m. on deadline date.
  • Applications will be reviewed and commented on by the Grant Application Review Committee.
  • For each grant application submitted, the committee shall either:
    1. disapprove;
    2. approval with conditions , or
    3. approve.
  • If recommended for approval, the application will be presented to the board of Directors of the Foundation for approval.
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions within 30 days of application deadline.
  • If approved by the Foundation Board of Directors, the application will be presented to the SISD Board of Trustees for formal acceptance of the grants.
  • Projects will be funded by the Spring ISD Education Foundation.
  • Use the awards for the purposes intended
  • Use Spring ISD approved vendors
  • Submit final evaluation of project
  • Agree to share grant information on special occasions as needed

The project is appropriate if you can answer yes to the following questions:

  1. Is it important to learning? (Does it relate to District strategic plan/CIP?)
  2. Can it be done? (Practical time frame for completion of activities.)
  3. Is the value easily identified? (Impact on students.)
  4. When creating your budget, research carefully and be realistic. Small grants are just as likely to be awarded as large grants. Funds will not be awarded for budgeted items available from district resources.
  5. Is it new to your campus? (Funds are not available for recurring programs/projects.)
  • Describe the area of student achievement you wish to address and give any data that supports the need.
  • Keep the statement simple and straightforward.
  • Show how project relates to the District strategicplan/CIP.
  • Promise only that which you can reasonably expect to achieve.
  • Limit the number of objectives, tie to course objectives/TEKS
  • State evaluation in measurable terms in the statement of objectives.
  • Be specific.
  • Describe the problem or issue addressed.
  • Show how the project supports the purpose.
  • List steps, dates, personnel, materials, and other descriptive information on how the project will be implemented.
  • Be specific.
  • Relate to stated objectives.
  • State in measurable terms the projected outcome. Indicate how you will know whether the project was successful.
  • List all items to be purchased with grant funds and estimated costs/vendors. (Don’t forget shipping/ handling charges, if applicable.)
  • Clarify how budget items will be used in the description section. (Do not assume the committee will know.)
  • Grant funds should not supplant existing funding streams or district operating funds. Projects to be funded should be outside the normal operating budget of Spring ISD. (Check with Principals and C&I Directors first for other funding sources.)
  • Other funding sources.