- Teachers and school staff at any school can apply for grants in the fall
- While there is no set limit, past grants have ranged from $100 to more than $1,000
- Think “main course,” not “dessert” – Grant activities are meant to enhance the teaching of the SOLs, so they should be integrated into the curriculum, NOT tacked on at the end of the year as something “extra”
- Grant activities must be completed by the end of the school year
- A single class, a grade-level or department team, or even an entire school can apply
Grants are NOT for general classroom supplies. Funds cannot be spent on:
- Transportation, including field trips, unless an integral part of the project
YES: Admission to a museum, if you tie the experience to pre- and post-activities in the classroom.
NO: Bus transportation or travel costs like gas and food.
- Technology or equipment, unless an integral part of the project.
YES: Flip cameras were approved for elementary students to make videos about SOL concepts. Webcams were approved for first-graders to Skype with kids in other countries. (The moral of this story is, small technology purchases are sometimes possible if they are clearly tied to a specific project.)
NO: Computers, iPad carts, SmartBoards, etc.
- Non-instructional consumables (NO food or incentives)
- Professional development for employees
- Activities or events which have already been completed
- Capital improvements or construction
- Materials for the regular instructional program
- Scholarships or college credit classes
Right now, the Endowment fund is not big enough to give grants for extracurricular learning opportunities, like student groups attending conferences or competitions. It is hoped that in the future, funds will allow for support of these kinds of activities.