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2019-2020 FLCS I4 Classroom Grants Cycle Open!!

FLCS

2019-20 Grant Instructions

Overview

The Foundation for Leon County Schools (FLCS) was created to support K-12 resources that are not funded by tax dollars to our public schools. Business and community leaders serve on the Foundation Board of Directors which oversees Foundation programs and operations. To receive matching funds from the Consortium of Florida Education, the Foundation established the LCS Teacher Grants program to enhance classroom instruction and recognize teachers for innovation and creativity. Since 1989, the Foundation has awarded over $2 million to fund thousands of grants. Who may apply? Because we want to impact as many students as possible, we ask that teachers work cooperatively in the application process. In other words, two or more teachers should develop a grant request. All Leon County public K-12 school teachers (including charter school teachers) and administrators may apply. A school may submit more than one application per year; however, we ask that teachers take part in only one grant per year, so our dollars can be stretched to include as many teachers as possible.

 How to apply? To apply please click on this link: https://foundationforlcs.wufoo.com/forms/flcs-20192020-grant-instructions-copy/

When is the application due? The deadline is Friday, July 19, 2019 by 5:00 PM. With our new online form, there is no need to mail anything to the Foundation office. Once grants are awarded, we will expect a participant signature page. We want to award grant money early in August so projects can begin at the start of the school year.

How much money is available? The maximum amount is $10,000 per group of teachers in K-12.

What are we looking for? We award grants based on projects that are substantive in content and have potential to make the greatest impact. The grant application must demonstrate instruction aligned with school and district goals, a measurable educational impact, and the ability to be duplicated for ongoing and future implementation.

How may the money be spent? Because our grant program is partially funded through the Consortium for Florida Education Foundations’ Matching Fund Program, grant money may be spent only on supplies, travel, field trips, printing, curriculum, computer software, etc. Funding will not be approved for food, parties, recognitions, or awards. Projects need to be results-oriented with clearly defined goals.

What is the accounting procedure? A check will be made out to the school and be placed into internal accounts. The school bookkeeper will issue checks to cover expenses and file a short accounting form at the end of the project and provide proof that funds have been spent on the grant project. Any unspent funds as of April 30, 2018 must be returned to the Foundation for Leon County Schools. PLEASE SPEND ALL OF YOUR MONEY. Contact Nick Maddox at maddoxn@leonschools.net if you need help!

How will the winning grants be chosen? A committee composed of FLCS Board Members will review grant applications. Projects are evaluated on their potential benefit to students, the number of students involved, project creativity and innovation, effective use of resources, potential sponsor support and evaluation methods. The review committee will receive blind applications (teacher and school names or references will be removed). This ensures that grant applications are judged on their merit and we avoid potential conflicts of interest. Including a business partner component to your grant application will qualify you for more points (for example, “Target will donate art supplies.”).

Items of interest: This is a blind application form. On page 1 of the application form, please list the school, teacher names and other identifying information. Please do not identify applicants, schools, or communities on pages 2-3 of application. If our grant is awarded, is there any other responsibility other than implementation and evaluation? Yes, we ask that awardees document their projects with pictures and that they deliver a short presentation at one of our Foundation Board of Directors meetings.

Application Scoring Guidelines: PROJECT OVERVIEW (10 Total Points) PROJECT TITLE: Short, descriptive title of project PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS: Brief overview of project and objectives NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Total number of students impacted by project, including at risk or gifted students GRADE LEVEL(S): Grade level(s) of students involved in project EVALUATION METHOD: How your goals are evaluated; specific tools required

PROJECT IMACT (25 TOTAL POINTS) 

TARGET GROUP: Describe the group of students targeted for the project. Explain why the students were chosen. Please identify (by number and description) “low performing, at risk, and ESE students” who will be impacted.

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE (math, science, etc.) AND LEVEL OF INTEGRATION: Describe the area(s) of instruction that the project will address. How will the project be integrated into the current curriculum?

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GOAL(S) ADDRESSED: Address which school improvement goals the project helps to achieve.

FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENTS ADDRESSED: List the most significant standards the project targets using FSA and/or EOC assessments.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION (30 POINTS)

TIMELINE: Provide a brief timeline of implementation, assessment and reporting Business partner involvement and expansion beyond the classroom: How have you involved business partners and/or the community in your project? How will this project extend beyond the classroom and into other areas of the school? Please do your best to find a business partner (ask your PTO, for example) to participate in your project.

PROJECT ASSESSMENT (20 POINTS)

EVALUATION PLAN: Describe how you will evaluate the impact of the project. It is most important that you establish measurable goals and that you will use a DOE approved process. Interest surveys, for example, are not considered sound tools.

BUDGET (15 POINTS)

Use the tables provided to outline all project expenses. Budget items should be necessary to the success of the project and should reflect efficient use of the money. Please be as accurate as possible