Grants to Equip, Inspire, & Innovate Program
In support of our mission to inspire learning and enrich teaching, the Foundation provides grants to our educators to support materials and resources that directly benefit MCCSC students and align with state standards and school improvement plans. The grant program is intended to support projects that will have a long-term benefit and enrich curriculum content in all subject areas.
Our goal through this program is to provide experiences that will enhance literacy, critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and hands-on learning experiences for our students.
Funding proposals are reviewed and researched by a committee comprised of MCCSC educators and FMCCS personnel in an effort to have the greatest impact on education for our students.
Grant Investment Priorities
Curriculum Enrichment Grants – $250 to $5,000
This grant category is designed to support effective educational projects that immerse students in engaging instructional content. Educators in all subject areas are encouraged to apply. Projects may include a single classroom, multiple classrooms, grade levels, PLCs, schools, or district level programs.
Expenses eligible for funding through this grant program include but are not limited to:
- Education materials and resources related to the project
- Technology and software as approved by MCCSC Information Services
- Authors, speakers, and experts to support instructional content
- Stipends and substitutes for professional development
- Support for professional development as approved by MCCSC and related to student improvement; we encourage collaboration by PLCs, schools, and grade levels to maximize impact
- Field trips specifically related to course curriculum
Funding will not be awarded for consumable and disposable items such as prizes, awards, and food. Salary, transportation, food, and lodging for MCCSC personnel may not be requested.
All full-time MCCSC employees are eligible to apply for a grant. Students sponsored by an MCCSC classroom are also eligible to apply.
Application Period: August 1 – October 13, 2016 (Closed)
Elementary Library Grants
Elementary school media specialists or school administrators may apply for funds to purchase books for their school’s library collection. Grants may include purchases for books that support and enhance curriculum, as well as books for pleasure reading. The grant request must be supported by industry research as related to the request. A list of the books to be purchased with the proposal must be uploaded with the application. Technology or related expenses including e-books and book processing fees are not eligible for funding in this grant category. Shipping is covered by the grant program.
Application Period: August 1 – October 6, 2016 (Closed)
Small Science & Environmental Grants – $100 to $500
Science & Environmental grants are provided in partnership with the Raymond Foundation. Eligible expenses are the same as the Curriculum Enrichment Grants but specific to science and environmental programs. Only MCCSC certified educators may apply. New to this program is a Renewable Option to extend the grant proposal for ongoing support of the project. This program is intended to enrich the data driven sciences and curriculum with activities that may need to be done outside a traditional classroom setting and/or enhance student development of required curriculum standards. Applicants that apply for renewable funding will be required to file an impact report that demonstrates the outcomes and benefits to student learning of the program/course. Some examples of valid projects might be studies such as annual monitoring of water quality of a local stream or annual field trips to expose students to real-world examples that have been studied in the course curriculum. Other examples may include recycling programs, study of wetlands, ecosystems, and land reclamation. The Renewable Option will be reviewed annually.
Application Period: August 1 – October 13, 2016, then ongoing monthly until funds are spent (Still Open – Next Grant Submission closes on April 17)
Ongoing Curriculum Enrichment – $100 to $500
Due to the generous support of the 50+ Men Who Care organization in Bloomington, the Foundation is able to offer Ongoing Curriculum Enrichment grants this school year. These grants will follow the same funding guidelines as the Curriculum Enrichment Grants; the maximum funding request is limited to $500. These are intended to fill smaller project needs throughout the school year. The grant proposals will be reviewed monthly until funds are spent.
Application Period: November 1, 2016, then ongoing monthly until funds are spent. (Still Open – Next Grant Submission closes on April 17)
Insta-grants are $100 grants announced throughout the school year. Please follow our Twitter and Facebook pages to receive information on our granting days. On these days, MCCSC certified educators may reply to posts for the chance to receive $100 to impact their classrooms. (Still Open)
High Impact Grant Proposals $5,000 +
High Impact grants are for programs that will fulfill are larger programmatic need for MCCSC students. These programs/projects should be designed to have a long-term impact on learning and fulfill a need that will impact a significant number of students. Project proposals will be reviewed and if accepted a full grant application will be required.
Application Period August 1 – October 13, 2016 (closed)
All grant requests must be entered through the online grant application program. Applicants should read the program details of each grant application; it may include more details related to funding restrictions. All applications must include an itemized budget; the template can be uploaded below. Grants are reviewed on a competitive basis and may not be funded or may be partially funded.
All grant applications must be reviewed and approved electronically by the applicant’s school principal and building representative. Grants not approved at the building level will not be considered for funding.
Grant award recipients must file a Grant Evaluation by the end of the school year in which the grant was awarded. If grant evaluations are not filed timely, the applicant will not be eligible for future grant funding from the Foundation.
Items purchased with Foundation funds will remain at the school to which it was granted unless the Foundation approves otherwise.
Grant recipients may be asked to make a presentation or a display about their grant for Foundation events and use. Grant recipients are asked to announce their grant to the families and faculty at your school, and in school publications. The Foundation should be acknowledged in any publicity regarding grants.