2017-18 FEF Grant Application
Submission Due Date: April 3, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.
Award Announcement: Mid-May, 2017
Award Announcement: Mid-May, 2017
FEF supports innovative projects that enhance teaching and learning in the Falmouth Public Schools. Grants are for classroom activities and/or staff development. Over the past ten years, grants have ranged from $250 to $10,000. We welcome creative, innovative ideas aimed at enhancing the education of Falmouth's students. The Committee will be reviewing this year's applications beginning April 3, 2017. Decisions will be announced in mid-May. Thank you for applying.
Directions for 2017-18 applicants
The following information will make completion of this application form most efficient. Directions are also on the electronic application form.
- All applications must be submitted electronically. The links to the application and budget form are at the end of these directions.
- Applications are welcomed from individuals or groups who are employed by the Falmouth Public Schools. Each application will have one primary applicant who will be the main contact with FEF and the primary contact with any co-applicants. The primary contact will receive all communications from FEF, will be responsible for providing information to the District Business Office, will be the primary contact to the FEF Program Committee Liaison, and will be responsible for sharing all information with all co-applicants.
- New grant applications will be accepted only if assessment reports from FEF funded projects from academic year 2015-16 have been received.
- Plan to work on the application at the same computer, using the same browser. Although there is not a "save" button on the form, you can stop working on it at any time, close out of the window, and the form will be there with your responses when you return to it, if you return within seven (7) days. As a precaution, however, it is advisable to do a draft application prior to completing the on-line version. (A PDF of the electronic form is attached if you want to see the questions on the form.)
- Download the FEF Purchase Approval Form and save it to your computer. The form can be found below these directions and on the application form itself. You will need to save it with the name of your grant, e.g., icreate.doc, to your computer. You will be asked to upload the completed form on page 4 of the application.
- At the bottom of the last page of the application is a button to preview your answers. You must click on that button and preview your answers prior to submitting the application. It is on the Preview Page that the Submit button exists.
- You can print the form at any point by clicking the Print button on the last page of the form. Once you submit the form, you will receive an email with two options in the top left hand corner: one is to EDIT your form, and one is to get a PDF of your form. This is the easiest way to send your application to those who need to support it.
- All proposals need the support of your Principal or Department Chair. Proposals that include requests for technology also need the support of the Director of Technology, Cindi Tougas, to ensure compatibility with the District Technology Plan. Send an email to them with a PDF of your application asking them to indicate their support by sending an email directly to FEFgrants@gmail.com.
Directions for grants that include technology
The Falmouth Education Foundation supports the inclusion of technology in grant applications. The following are guidelines to clarify FEF’s partnership with Falmouth Schools.
- Initial grant applications involving technology need the signature of the Director of Technology (DT). Technology purchases for successful applications are done centrally by the DT. This ensures that the DT is aware of the equipment within the schools and that it is compatible with other technology within the District.
- Requests need to be aligned with the District Technology Plan found here: tech_plan_2016.pdf and the FEF Technology Guidelines fef_tech_guidelines_jan_2017.pdf.
- While the granted technology is for the successful grantee to use for the duration of his or her project, it remains the property of the Falmouth Public Schools, and is up to the discretion of the school principal as to where the technology will reside after the grant project is complete. If a grantee is transferred within the district, it is up to the discretion of the school principal as to where the technology will reside.
- FEF values sustainability; it is hoped that the teacher who submitted the grant will continue to use the technology in a similar manner beyond the grant period.
- Repair, upgrades, and maintenance of technology inventory are the responsibility of the district.
- New proposals to FEF may seek upgrades to existing software, systems, or equipment.