Innovative School and Department Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative instructional programs and ideas in education.

The Davis Education Foundation offers schools and departments the opportunity to apply for grants to support innovative programs or projects that promote higher levels of student learning and academic success. The grant proposals must enhance student academic performance and support the stated objectives, goals, and initiatives of the DESK Standards of the Davis School District.

Up to $5,000 may be granted and may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software or technology.

Required Match: All applications require a full cash match. 

Purpose: Innovative School and Department Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize, and reward innovative and creative instructional programs and ideas in education. The Davis Education Foundation offers schools and departments the opportunity to apply for grants to support innovative programs or projects that promote higher levels of student learning and academic success. The grant proposals must enhance student academic performance and support the stated objectives, goals, and initiatives of the DESK Standards of the Davis School District.

Amount:  Up to $5,000

Eligible Expenses: Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, software, or technology.

Restrictions: Grant funds may not be used to:

  • pay indirect costs, grant administration fees or salaries.
  • fund teacher training or travel.
  • pay stipends to the applicants.
  • lobby or promote religious purposes.
  • fund projects that are provided for in school or district budgets.
  • fund food, rewards or incentives.

Required Match: All applications require a full cash match. 

Application Window: 

The grant window will be open October 1 and remain open until funds are all expended.  Please be aware that funds are limited and early application is recommended. 

Please allow for 6 weeks between application submission and award notification. All grant recipients will be notified with a grant letter delivered through the pony. 

Applications that include activities scheduled prior to the date of notification will not be considered.  All grant applicants will be notified in writing. Please do not contact the Foundation regarding the status of your application.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be practicing teachers/administrators employed by the Davis School District who are actively involved in the instruction of students or related support services.
  • Identical applications from schools or departments will not be considered.

Award of Funds:

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to school/department initiated programs or projects.  The number of awards will depend on funds available.

Requirements:

Contact Person:

  • The contact person will be the Davis Education Foundation’s point of contact for award notification, reporting, publicity, and other grant-related activities.
  • Applications missing lead applicant data will not be considered.

Project Proposal  and Budget

The narrative must address the following items:

  • Provide a short description of the project.
  • Describe the goals for student achievement and the evaluation tools and strategies for the project.
  • Describe the student need for the project..
  • Identify the community partnerships that will be created through this project.
  • Provide a line-item budget for the proposed work. Please include the source and amount of the matching funds for the project.

Selection Criteria:

Proposed goals for student achievement are challenging and rigorous.

  • Proposed work engages students in critical thinking and problem solving.
  • There is alignment between goals, assessment, activities, and budget.
  • The degree to which the grant supports District goals, School Improvement Plan and/or a specific quantifiable student learning needs as identified through individual school or district data.
  • The degree to which sound evaluation procedures are incorporated in the proposal.
  • The degree to which the proposed grant request represents a creative or innovative approach to the accomplishment of objectives. NOTE: Funds are not typically available for recurring programs/projects. The proposal should address a new project as opposed to one accomplished or under way.
  • The degree to which the proposal is clear and logical, based on (a) specificity of objectives; (b) clarity of description of instructional procedures, methods, or treatments; and (c) relevance of evaluative procedures as related to objectives and treatments.

Process:

Applications must be reviewed by school administrator/director.

  • Applications must be submitted electronically to the Foundation office no later than the date listed above.
  • Awarded projects must be fully implemented by the end of the following semester.
  • Recipients must complete a project evaluation and submit all paperwork to the Foundation office.
  • Administrator or Department Director is required to submit a support statement via email to Jodi Lunt at jlunt@dsdmail.net prior to review and approval of grant.

Provide budget information details in the “Budget Explanation” section in the table. Relate budget expenditures and explanations to planned objectives and activities

Innovative Grant Evaluation Form

  • Please enter a value less than or equal to 5000.
  • Submit photos suitable for use in the Foundation's media

  • Please include links to the two social media platforms you posted on (i.e. DEF Facebook, DEF Twitter, DEF Instagram, school webpage or other school social media)

  • Attach any printed materials relating to your program

    Press or news items, brochures, letters of support, photographs, etc.
  • Your report should correspond with the budget in your original grant proposal.
  • Include copy of all paid invoices and or receipts

  • If granted funds are not fully used for the project, they are to be returned to the Davis Education Foundation within one year of the application's submittal

Innovative School and Department Grants Application

  • Please enter a value between 0 and 5000.
    This grant requires 100% match. Please do not apply until you have your matching funds.
  • If you select no, you do NOT meet the requirements for this grant.
  • Project Proposal

    Please provide a summary for each area listed below.
  • Describe the area of student achievement you wish to address and give any data that supports the need. State the school/district goal, objective and DESK standards this project addresses.
  • State measurable objectives in terms of student behavior or performance
  • Describe what is planned to do with the awarded grant funds. List activities and timeline. How is it innovative?
  • Describe how you will know if your objectives are met and the tools you will use to assess the success of the project.
  • Identify any school or community partners involved in the project and their respective roles
  • If funded, how will you continue the program/project in the future? What will be the recurring costs? How will this program/project be funded in the future?
  • List amount and purchase details
  • List amount(s) and source
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