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FOR THE TEACHERS

GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS

Summit Educational Foundation (SEF) welcomes grant proposals from any Summit Public School staff member.

We encourage collaboration across schools, grades, and departments.

WE LOOK FOR GRANTS THAT:

  • Bring innovation to academic programs, support student growth or provide staff development.

  • Enhance the current curriculum and educational structure of the Summit Public Schools.   

  • Reflect the goals of the Summit Board of Education.

  • Include metrics to measure project success and can be replicated if successful.

ITEMS OUTSIDE OF SEF'S SCOPE:

  • Grants that replace or relieve existing responsibility for public funding of school programs.

  • Grants submitted by an outside party that do not collaborate with a district staff member.

  • Substitute teachers or stipends above the SEA contract rate.

  • Generally, transportation, lodging, food, field trips, consumable classroom materials and t-shirts.

Grant Deadlines

Oct. 15 (awarded in December) and March 15 (awarded in May).

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PREPARE
  1. Before starting the grant process, discuss your idea with your Principal, Department Head or Supervisor. All grants must have supervisor approval to be considered.                                                                                                                                  

  2. If there is a technology component, discuss with Doug Orr, District Technology Director.                                                                                                       

  3. If the grant affects the building or grounds, discuss with Angelo Palumbo, District Building & Grounds Director.                                                                             

  4. Gather all your information: purpose of the grant and how it supports district goals, implementation plan, district-approved vendor and cost details. Please share alternative funding sources pursued prior to applying to SEF (PTO, Jr. Fortnightly, etc.)                                                                                                                                                                   

  5. At the elementary level, grants for author visits must come from the librarian and involve two or more schools.

APPLY
  1. ​Grant applications are submitted online here                                                                                                                            

  2. Attach supporting documentation in pdf form.                                                                                                                      

  3. If you need help, reach out to our Grants Chair or your school SEF Representative.                                                                            

  4. Grant Deadlines are October 15 and March 15. Late grants are not considered.

FOLLOW UP 
  1. All grants go through a four-step review process.                                                                                                   

  2. A volunteer SEF Link will reach out to ask questions and learn more about your grant request. This is your chance to go into more detail and share your passion for the grant. The Link will report back to the Grants Committee.                         

  3. Grants are awarded at the December and May Board of Education meetings. Funds are available for 18 months after approval unless the grant specifies a multi-year expense.

Grant submitted by deadline.

 All grants reviewed with Superintendent and other district staff.

Grants Committee Meets SEF Link assigned

 Link contacts applicant with questions and reports back to Committee

Committee recommends grants to SEF Board

SEF Board reviews recommendations and votes

SEF presents approved grants to the Board of Education