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Mount Vernon Public Schools Foundation

Classroom Enrichment Grant Application
Overview

The Mount Vernon Public Schools Foundation (MVPSF) solicits annual grant proposals for classroom grants to encourage continuous improvement in education.  The foundation will award amounts up $1,000 to benefit students in one or more areas of academic enrichment.  Money awarded is available in June for use through the following academic school year.

The vision and mission of the MVPSF is to provide resources that support and promote the educational needs of students in the District.  The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of education in the District by raising funds for projects that encourage and enhance academics, athletics, the arts, technology and all other programs that will enrich the learning experience offered in the Mount Vernon Public Schools.

Applications will not be considered for grant proposals previously funded by the MVPSF unless the grant recipient submitted the evaluation form and/or measured outcomes and feedback.  Before you submit the grant application, read the grant evaluation form to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the evaluation process.  Please consider how you will measure the success of your grant.

Instructions

  1. Fill out the cover page completely, including your principal’s signature on the hard copy.  Include the cover page with your application.  We recommend that you seek preliminary principal approval prior to writing your application. 
  2. You must use this application www.supportmvschools.org/grants.html  to be considered for funding.  You may use additional pages to complete your application.  However, we ask that your responses be short and concise.  Attachments must be 8½ x11.
  3. When creating the budget section, please use the template provided providing your data.
  4. Your completed application is due by the first Friday in April.  Please use a paper clip for your application.  Submit your application to Mount Vernon Public School Foundation, P.O. Box 2543, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
  5. Email a copy of your grant (as a Microsoft Word attachment) to president@supportmvschools.org by the first Friday in April.   Both the email and hardcopy versions of your application must be received for grant submission to be complete.  One will be returned once approved or denied.

Non-fundable items

  1. Monies spent prior to grant approval
  2. Salary, release time, or other wage negotiated funding
  3. Food Beverages, snacks, etc.
  4. Budgets or existing funds
  5. Political or quasi political campaigns


Things that may help your grant get funded

  1. The inclusion of active student involvement, more than just being an audience
  2. The ability of the project to become applicable school or district wide
  3. The ability of the project to be funded from multiple sources
  4. The ability of the project to become self-sustaining
  5.  Accurate completion of the grant proposal including all supporting documents
  6. Likelihood of the project to impact a large cross-section of students and create a lasting impact

Things to Remember

  1. The goal is to fund as many requests as possible based on merit of the project and/or budget constraints
  2. A clearly written budget including, and especially, other sources of funding to help carry out the project
  3. Applications may be submitted by an educator, administrator, staff or student.  However, all applications must be reviewed and signed by the Principal or their designee
  4. The responsibility of the requestor does not end when the grant is approved and funding is distributed.  Date driven follow-up reporting is required
  5. All funded grants not completed by the completion date will be forfeited and must be resubmitted for approval
  6. The Mount Vernon Public School Foundation has the right to fund, Deny or partially  fund grants or fund grants with added stipulations

Timeline

January – March Grant applications available on-line
First Friday in April Applications must be postmarked
April-May Applications scored by committee
Early June Projects Selected
Mid June Notification of project awards
September/School Year Projects implemented
June 1st of Project Year Project evaluations due


Evaluating Applications

The foundation evaluating committee will judge the application based on six (6) major criteria. 

  • Engagement, requires the student to be actively involved in the learning or teaching process
  • Achievement, articulates specific learning outcomes directly linked to expected student achievement
  • Innovation, demonstrates a new concept or new or unique application of an existing idea.  Answers the question: “What is the vision?”
  • Methods, defines specific instructional techniques that lead to student learning outcomes.  Answers the question: “How will the vision be implemented?”
  • Assessment, uses clear and measureable outcomes to assess program impact
  • Finance

Use of Grant Funds

In certain cases, changing circumstance following the award of a grant may make it difficult or undesirable to continue with the grant.  Examples are:  the departure or reassignment of key personnel or a change in curriculum.  In such cases please consult with MVPSF before expending any funds.  MVPSF needs to approve the expenditure of funds other than for the original intended purposes.

Mount Vernon Public Schools Foundation Contribution Form



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