S.E.E.D. Grant Overview

 

The S.E.E.D. Grant

 

 (Formerly called American Education Week Grant.)

 

These are typically "large" grants (up to $5,000 awarded annually) for teacher/classroom projects, teaching teams, and school or system-wide projects. Grant applications are accepted annually, in the spring semester, and awarded in early May.  Award winners must be able to implement their program in the next school year, and provide an evaluation report to the Education Foundation at the end of that same school year.

 

 

 

           One of the goals of the GCS Education Foundation is to provide funding for projects that reach beyond the scope of the school system’s regular operating funds.  In November 2002, this opportunity began as an annual event showcasing American Education Week. The focus of S.E.E.D. Grant requests do not need to revolve around the celebration of American Education Week, but should reflect the spirit behind American Education Week: providing students with creative learning experiences.

 

 

 

           It is the intent of the Education Foundation that the process be as simple as possible for applicants, and that the evaluation process be both objective and impartial. The Education Foundation has budgeted $5000 to award to applicants.

 

 

 

           By applying, you are agreeing to spend the money as your application describes, and to provide financial and anecdotal reports to the Education Foundation at a future date .

 

 

 

A history of American Education Week Grant awards can be found at the end of this document.

 

 

The following pages provide helpful information about the Education Foundation's grant process.  Reading this information and following the grant application guidelines will assure that your application receives proper consideration.

 

FAQs

 

What do GCS Education Foundationgrants support?        

             GCS Education Foundation-funded programs should enhance, but not duplicate, the Greenville City School system's standard curriculum.  The Education Foundation invites grant requests seeking to fund innovative, creative ideas that fall outside the ordinary school budget.  Ideal projects are those that encourage and demonstrate a partnership between teachers, schools, disciplines, and local community resource agencies.

              GCS Education Foundation grants are not meant to be used to help underwrite basic school needs, project awards, prizes, or consumables.

 

 

Who decides whether or not a project receives funding?

 

               The GCS Education Foundation Grant Review committee, which is comprised of members of the Education Foundation Board of Trustees, thoughtfully reviews each grant request.

 

 

How are the applications reviewed?

 

             S.E.E.D.Grant requests are forwarded to the Grant Review committee in hard copy form, within a notebook containing all other AEW Grant applications received before the annual deadline.  Each Grant Review committee member preliminarily scores each grant request according to a basic rubric.  Some of the items addressed in the rubric are: the quality of the application format; the content; the number of students served; and the cost value.  Next, the committee comes together to review their findings.  The decision to fund a request is reached by consensus. 

             In fairness to all applicants, guidelines and deadlines (when mandated) are strictly adhered to.  Of course - applying does not guarantee an award.  Remember that available funding and competition for funding is an unpredictable element of the process.

 

 

Am I limited to one request?

 

            No.

 

 

 

Is it possible that my request could be partially funded?

 

            Yes.  Applications chosen for award may be funded at a percentage of the request.  In your grant description, please address the issue of partial funding.  For example:  (amounts in this example are non-specific) "I am requesting $3000, but if you can award me $2000 I'll do this ..., and with $1000 I'll do this ..."  PLEASE NOTE - If you do not include a plan for partial funding the grant committee will assume that you will only accept full funding.

 

 

How can I get started?

•·         Analyze your idea or project based on the defined scope of the grant.

•·         Collaborate with others to make your project more meaningful and affective.

•·         Search the school system to be sure your project is not being duplicated elsewhere.

•·         Note the grant application guidelines provided as you assemble your grant request.  Pay close attention to providing necessary copies of your request, obtaining approval signatures, and to deadlines (when mandated).

•·         Contact the GCS Education Foundation's executive director to help resolve questions or provide guidance.

 

 

What are some successful factors to consider?

•·         The grant proposal should demonstrate creativity and innovation in educational programming and target a significant number of GCS students.

•·         Whenever possible, proposals should demonstrate collaboration between schools, educators, outside local community resources, and parents.

•·          The proposal must be complete and in compliance with any deadlines. 

•·         Applications should be concise in content, typed, and understandable for non-educators.

•·         Please avoid requesting funding for prizes, snacks, or other consumables.

 

 

Where's the application?

            There is no application "form" to complete.  A printed version of the S.E.E.D. Grant Guidelines is available by selecting the "Documents & Forms" tab on our website. 

For a FOCUS Grant, simply follow the guidelines below to submit your request:

 

For the S.E.E.D. Grant-  

The Education Foundation will email an American Education Week Grant application packet to each teacher in early February.  A printed, downloadable version of the S.E.E.D. Grant Guidelines is available through the "Documents & Forms" tab on our website.  The packet includes these details about the application process for the grant, and a guideline for submitting a grant request: 

I. Cover Page - 1 page

Include the name of your school, your name and signature, your principal's name and signature, the event / purchase name, and the dollar amount of your request. 

II. Project description - maximum 3 pages

Include a description of your request, addressing:

1.  information about the main focus of your event / purchase

2.  is this a new initiative or a continuation of an existing program

3.  your implementation plan for the event / purchase

4.  how many students will be served

5.  how you will spend the funds you are requesting

 

Questions?

               Please direct any additional questions to the GCS Education Foundation's executive director:

Amanda Waddell (423) 823-0001

waddella@gcschools.net

SEED Funds

November 2002 (No competition, just a request)

              GMS / A school-wide workshop presented by author, Sharon Draper

 

November 2003

          Highland   (Larry Neas) / Highland Homecoming - 70th Birthday

              CFT (Lori Grabner & Pat Carpenter) / Heart-Saving First Aid

May 2004

          CFT   (Glennis Huffman) / Voice Recognition Software

              GMS (Danna Brickell) / "One Book - One School"

May 2005

          TV   (Joyce Johnson) / $1,000 / International Fair

              TV (Diane Stearns) / $600 / Listening Update

              TV (Kerin Carter & Amy Hoese) / $650 / "Steps to Success"

May 2006

          TV   & HI (Nellie Blevins & Pat Barnett) / $2,000 / Cherokee Day

              HH (Lisa Bennett)      / $1,500 / Listening Lab for   Early Literacy

May 2007

          System-wide   (Nellie Blevins & Pat Barnett) / $2,500 / Cherokee Day**

              TV (Pat Donaldson) / $800 / Peer Tutoring

              GMS (Bill Muhlhahn) / $1,700 / "Get Real"

**Now supported annually by GCS Education Foundation

May 2008

          GMS   (Amanda Gricunas & Amanda Rigell) / $4,000 / "Greene Scene"

          GMS   (Larry Blalock) / $840 / "My Word Coach"      

May 2009

          GHS   (Jason Horne) / $1,000 / Virtual Field Trips

          GMS   (Cindy Monroe) / $2,400 / Digital Visual Presenters

          GHS   Jr. ROTC (Lt. Col. (Ret.) Kirchmeier / $1,600 / Flight Simulators

May 2010

              (Note:  2010 was the first year we offered FOCUS Grants and we ended the   school year with an excess of $1,846.00 in our FOCUS Grant Award budget,   which we elected to apply to the American Education Week Grant pool.    This enabled us to award a total of $6,846.00)

              GHS (Jamie House) / $450* / "Flip For Flips" video cameras

              GHS (Jamie House) / $1,000* / "Differentiated Instruction   Mini-Grants"

              GMS (Andrea Tolley) / $2,440 / "Dell Mini 10 Notebooks"

              Eastview (Lorraine Amos) / $1,020 / "Differentiated Instruction Reading   Library"

              Eastview (Marsha Hybarger) / $936 / "Kindergarten Manipulatives"

              GCS System-wide (Jason Horne) / $1,000 / "Virtual Field Trips"

              *Funded using FOCUS Grant excess.

May 2011

              Highland (Jamie Chapman) / $600 / Document Cameras

              Eastview (Robbie Poteet) / $2,000 / Promethean Board

              Hal Henard (Donna Robertson & Deanna Martin) / $636.90 / Classroom   Literature Sets

              Eastview (Meg Brooks, Andrea O'Dell, Kim Treadway) / $897 / Document Cameras

              Eastview (Cathy Dickey, Katie Andrew, Robin Jones) / $897 / Document Cameras

May 2012

            GMS   (April Leonard) / $1,568.91 / Netbooks for Language Arts

            Hal   Henard (Elena Black, Kendra Collins, DeAnna Martin) / $319.40 / "Space   Is Out Of This World"

              GHS (Shannon Duer) / $51 / "World Everywhere"

              Tusculum View (Keirn Carter, Amy Hoese, Diane Stearns) / $712 / "Great   Non-Fiction Books"

              Eastview (Gina Broyles, Christie Carter, Andy McCall) / $900 / Acer Laptops

              Eastview (Marsha Hybarger) / $1,462.73 / "Common Core Needs"

May 2013

                  Highland (Jamie Chapman) / $1,405.68 / “CITRIX”

                  GHS (Gant Patterson) / $2,222.50 / “PASCO Lab Equipment”

                  GHS (Ashley Bible) / $539.00 / “eBooks for Nooks”

                  GMS (Laura Lenker) / $$1,000.00 / “Nook Navigation”

Eastview (Cathy Dickey, Marsha Hybarger) / “Promethean   Boards”

May 2014

                  Highland (Jamie Chapman) / $260.00 / “Telling Our Story”

                  Highland (Judy Williams) / $819.20 / “Techno Tots”

                  GMS (Fortel, Leonard) / $1,250.40 / “Scope & Upfront”

                  Tusculum View (Kalyn Miller) / $1,059.47 / “Building Tomorrow’s Thinkers”

                  Eastview (Amos, Jacobs, & Justis) / $1,497.00 / “iPads”

                  Greene Technology Center (Donald Burchnell) / $1,000 / “Industrial   Electricity”

May 2015

                  Tusculum View (Candace Wiggins) / $563.85 / “Polydron Sets”

                  GMS (Amanda Gricunas) / $535.00 / “Memory Mugs”

                  GMS (Andrea Tolley) / $1,105 / “Wired Tablet

                  Hal Henard (Elena Black) $393.62 / “STEM in Kindergarten”

 

 

 


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HOW TO APPLY

 

                    

S.E.E.D. Grant

(Supplying Essential Education Dollars)

 

 

 

Application and Guidelines

2016

 

 

Due Date – April 5th, 2016

Award Announcement – May 6th, 2016

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Information and Guidelines

 

One of the goals of the Greeneville City Schools Education Foundation is to provide funding for projects that reach beyond the scope of the school system’s regular operating funds. Since its beginning in November 2002, this opportunity has become an annual event showcasing American Education Week.    

It is the intent of the Education Foundation that this process be as simple as possible for applicants, and that the evaluation process be both objective and impartial. The Education Foundation has budgeted $5000 to award to applicants.

This grant application requires your principal / supervisor’s signature as an indication of his/her support of your request.

Awardees will receive funds as a one-check disbursement from the Finance Office to your school at your request.

By applying, you are agreeing to spend the money as your application describes, and to provide financial and anecdotal reports to the Education Foundation.

 

FAQ

 

Am I limited to one request?

 

No.

 

Is it possible that my request could be partially funded?

 

Yes. Applications chosen for award may be funded at a percentage of the request.   In your grant description, please address the issue of partial funding. For example: (amounts are nonspecific) “I am requesting $1,000, but if you can only give me $800 I’ll do this, and $600 I’ll do this.” PLEASE NOTE – If you do not include a plan for partial funding, the grant committee will assume that you will accept only full funding.

 


 

 

Can I send my request to you electronically, or include a disk with my request that contains information about my proposed program or purchase?

 

No. Presently we require old fashioned paper copies of your request. However, you may include in your request, link addresses to web sites that might offer supporting evidence. (Please refer to “Checklist”)

 

Application Packet

 

Cover Page – 1 page

Include the name of your school, your name and signature, your principal’s name and signature, the event / purchase name, and the dollar amount of your request.  

 

Project description – maximum 3 pages

 

Include a description of your request, addressing:

information about the main focus of your event / purchase

is this a new initiative or a continuation of an existing program

your implementation plan for the event / purchase

how many students will be served

how you will spend the funds you are requesting

 

Applications will be evaluated using the following rubric –

 

Applicant   # XYZ

 

 

 

Requirements  

 

 

Potential   Points

 

Evaluator’s   Score

Followed   application format

5

 

Focus

25

 

Plan

35

 

# of   students served

20

 

Costs

15

 
     

                 Total

100

 
     

Bonus   Points

   

Total   Appeal

+5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Checklist for submission of application:

PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY

 

Application not to exceed 4 pages

Requires your principal’s signature

Cover page meets requirements

Submit 1 original and 8 copies, punched for a 3 ring binder

DO NOT send electronic file copies

Please use a size 10 (or larger) font

DO NOT staple copies

DO NOT include electronic media

 

Deadline:   APRIL 5th, 2016

Submit to: Amanda Waddell

GCS Education Foundation

Via Campus Mail

 

If you have questions, please contact: Amanda Waddell (823-0001)

or waddella@gcschools.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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