District 207 Educational Foundation Grant Guidelines
Our Mission: The Educational Foundation, established in 1993, seeks to acquire and distribute resources through grants to the students and staff of District 207 in order to provide them with unique and creative learning opportunities that are not currently part of the school curriculum and when District funds are unavailable or limited. It is our intention that, with the support of department chairs and principals, successful granted programs will become part of the District 207 curriculum where possible. Seed money from the Foundation becomes the means by which a good District 207 education becomes a great one.
Application Guidelines As you complete the grant application form, keep the following in mind:
Timing: Grants are considered at monthly meetings the first week of the month. Give as much lead time as possible for approval of your grant request. We suggest applications be submitted by the middle of the month for consideration at the next monrthly board meeting.
Budget: Be as specific as possible about how the requested funds would be used along with the value of the program or activity. The Foundation rarely awards more that $3000 to any one project, and often provides a portion of requested funding, so a breakdown of expenses in essential for the Foundation to know what your needs are.
Process: If your grant is approved, you will be notified by the Executive Director via email and a check will be sent by school mail. As your activity or program takes place, be sure to include Foundation sponsorship in any written or spoken communication about it, inform the Foundation about when the event takes place, and take photos, videos, and collect student responses.
Report: Submit your final report, including student statements, photos, and videos to be posted on the Foundation website. Failure to submit a report and documentation may preclude future funding.
Funding What kinds of activities generally get funded? Please refer to the list of past grants on our website for an example of the educational enrichment activities we fund. Efforts include:
New, innovative, and dynamic learning experiences for students that go beyond class curriculum
Special events and projects that involve the community and/or grade schools
Cross-disciplinary special projects or events
Guest speakers or performance groups designed to be seen by multiple classes
Students attending national competitions for District approved programs - $100 per student
Students attending service trips for approved student groups - $100 per student
What kinds of activities generally do not get funded?
Applications that are incomplete or unsigned by department chairs and principals
Requests for curriculum-based equipment, supplies, or teacher stipend
Requests for T-shirts, food, or other expendables for recurring district of school functions
Projects whose requested level of funding is not justified by the number of students impacted
Projects that have been repeatedly funded (three consecutive years) in the same form
If your project meets our guidelines, please confirm you have read our guidelines to be directed to the application form.