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Frank Sherman Grant

The purpose of these grants are to promote and support health, physical fitness, and outdoor education activities and curriculum offered at the Springfield Public Schools. Special consideration is given to those applications whose projects utilize SKYCamp. Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded. Funds can be used for development of curriculum, educator training, equipment, supplies, transportation, and/or other resources.  Grant applications will be reviewed and selected in the fall for projects to occur in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Frank Sherman
From 1961 to 1985, Frank Sherman was an administrator of health, physical education and athletics for Springfield Public Schools. He passed away in 2010. Frank, also a long-time member of Springfield Kiwanis, was instrumental in building the Springfield Kiwanis Youth Camp better know as SKYCamp located near Fall Creek. He felt strongly that the complete education of students needed to include healthy lifestyles with plenty of exercise and recreation opportunities and exposure to joys and beauties of the great outdoors.

This grant is possible due to a generous donation by Frank’s widow, Katy Sherman. Katy’s gift of $25,000 in honor of Frank created the Springfield Education Foundation’s first endowment.  The disbursements from this initial investment are providing the funding for the Frank Sherman grant.

Application Overview

  • All projects must receive preapproval by a supervisor or principal.
  • Awarded funds may only be applied to the project described in the proposal.
  • Funds must be spent within the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Grants are awarded once per year.  The number and amount will depend on available funds.
  • When creating your budget, please research costs and cite estimate sources.

 Submitting your application

  • All proposals are due April 26, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Only one application per applicant will be considered.
  • Do not include additional documents.
  • Late submissions will not be considered for funding.
  • DO NOT IDENTIFY participating SPS staff, SPS schools, or partnering organizations in your Narrative or Budget. Applications with names will be INELIGIBLE for funding. 

Proposal Review

  • Grants are scored by SEF and SPS representatives and community volunteers who may be familiar with you and your school. In an effort to reduce bias, please do not identify yourself, your school or project partners by name. Your proposal will receive an identifying number referenced throughout review. Applications that include specific employee or school names will not be considered.
  • Each application will receive a cumulative numerical score and those with highest scores will receive funding priority.

Responsibilities of Grant Recipients

  • Submit a video of students participating in or talking about your SEF-funded project.
  • Agree to share project information at an SEF event or meeting.
  • Return the required project evaluation by June 30, 2022.
  • Equipment purchased with SEF grant funds is considered the property of Springfield Public Schools. Please notify SEF if you plan to move and take your equipment to another building.
  • Projects and evaluations must be completed before applicants can apply for a future grant.

Questions? Contact Christina San Filippo at 541-726-3243 or Christina@springfieldeducationfoundation.org.

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