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Grant Writing Workshop

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This workshop is intended to prepare educators to submit grant applications for all three grant programs:

  1. Innovative Educator Grants
  2. Social Emotional Learning Fund Grants
  3. Frank Sherman Grants

Seasoned and novice grant writers are encouraged to attend. Attendance is optional but encouraged for those seeking grant funding. We will also discuss other funding sources in the community available to educators.

SEF Grant Writing Workshop

Eligibility for SEF Grants:

 
  • Individuals or teams of individuals employed by Springfield Public Schools
  • For use in the 2022-2023 school year
  • Evaluations must be completed for the previous year to be eligible to receive funding again

Mission

To empower student success through community engagement.

Vision

To see the exceptional become the expected – in the ways students learn, teachers innovate, and our community unites around them.

Innovative Educator Grants – Funding innovation!

Encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative and creative teaching to empower student success.
 

Purpose

Align with SEF Goals:

  • Increase participation
  • Reach underserved populations
  • Increase attendance
  • Improve graduation rates
  • Promote career opportunities and college connections

Funding

  • $250 – $3,000 grants available
  • Small and large grants will be reviewed the same way and measured only by the content of the application
  • Made possible by individual contributions, private grants, corporate sponsorship, and SELCO Community Credit Union

Review Process

  • Blind assessment
  • Each application is reviewed electronically and given numerical scores
  • Grant committee includes: SEF Board Members and community members who are not educators
  • Please avoid educational jargon and spell out acronyms
 

Frank Sherman Grants – Get out and learn!

Supports health, physical fitness, and outdoor education activities offered to Springfield students.

Funding

  • Grants up to $1,000 available
  • Small and large grants will be reviewed the same way and measured only by the content of the application
  • Sustained by the Frank Sherman Memorial Endowment gift contributed by Frank’s late wife, Katie Sherman

S.E.L.F. Grants – Social Emotional Learning Fund

Funding for educators that wish to implement sustainable Social Emotional Learning opportunities for students attending Springfield Public Schools.

Funding

  • Grants up to $1,000 available
  • Small and large grants will be reviewed the same way and measured only by the content of the application
  • Established in 2017 by Stan and Cathy Paine

Timeline

  • March 1, 2022 –  Application Available
  • April 25, 2022 –  Grant applications due by midnight
  • May 31, 2022 –  Administrator approval due
  • June 2022 –  Grant funds available
  • June 30, 2023 –  Grant evaluations due

Planning your proposal

  • What problem are you solving?
  • Why is this project important or necessary?
  • Who will benefit from this solution?
  • Who will you partner with?
  • How will you execute your plan?
  • How can you be more sustainable and more efficient?
  • When will your solution happen?
  • What is your timeline?

Application Process

  • Applications due April 25th at midnight
  • Apply online or download a PDF application at: www.springfieldeducationfoundation.org/grants
  • The FORM DOES NOT SAVE YOUR WORK! Start in another document and cut/paste to application
  • Do not include your name or your school’s name in the body of your grant. If there are names included in the body of your grant, it will be disqualified.
  • Administrator approval required
  • One SELF or Frank Sherman application per educator

Grant Recipient Responsibilities

  • Submit photos or a video of your project (staring students, if possible) that we can share at events or for fundraising purposes
  • Agree to share project information at meetings and SEF events
  • Submit project evaluation by June 30, 2023
  • Materials purchased are property of SPS
  • Evaluations must be completed for the previous year to be eligible to receive funding again

Alternative Funding Sources

“SPARK Grants”
“Project Community Awards”
“Donors Choose”

Please email if you have any questions: 

Christina@springfieldeducationfoundation.org or call the SEF office 541-726-3243.

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