Application Opens: January 15
Application Deadline: March 15
The Stronger Schools Grant supports public schools and school districts serving grades Pre-K through 12 in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.
Up to $5,000 is available for programming to enrich school experiences for students, support teacher development, and provide opportunities for schools to better achieve their goals.
Awards are disbursed in May to be used for summer programs or the following academic school year.
- Public Schools serving students grades Pre-K-12 located in Chelan, Douglas, or Okanogan counties (including the Methow Valley).
- Public School Districts in the region may also apply for programs that impact multiple schools in their district.
- Applicants may submit each year.
- Each school within a School District is eligible to apply, as well as the School District. Only one application may be submitted per school. One application can include several projects within the school, but will only be awarded up to $5,000 for the total request. School Districts can apply in addition to schools within their district. For example, the Cascade School District may apply as well as Icicle River Middle School.
- Preschools that are 501(c)(3) organizations should apply for funding through CFNCW’s Regional Impact Grant program or the Methow Valley Fund, depending on where services are provided.
- 501(c)(3) organizations that run education programs that expand and enhance learning opportunities at public schools should apply for funding through CFNCW’s Regional Impact Grant program or the Methow Valley Fund, depending on where services are provided.
- PTAs and education foundations the provide direct financial support to public schools are ineligible for Regional Impact Grants and must seek support through the Stronger Schools or STEAM Teacher Grants as appropriate.
Activities Considered For Support
- Programs and projects that are innovative and responsive to changes in the school and/or community it serves.
- “Seed” funding for new and creative programs and projects that offer significant opportunities for positive change.
- Programs and projects that serve low-income or at-risk students.
- Programs and projects that facilitate cooperation and collaboration among teaching staff and/or advance the school’s strategic plan..
- Programs and projects that identify, enhance, and expand leadership opportunities for students.
Activities Generally Not Considered For Support
- Core operating expenses (e.g., salaries, basic supplies) that should be included in the school budget
- Endowment, capital and annual fund drives, budget deficits and debt reduction
- Multi-year grants
- Funding for items purchased or activities completed prior to grant decisions
- Sponsorships for fundraising, for-profit events or recurring events directly related to organizational fundraising.
- Only one application may be submitted per school or school district. One application can include several projects within the school, but will only be awarded up to $5,000 for the total request. School Districts can apply in addition to schools within their district. For example, the Wenatchee School District may apply as well as any other schools in their district.
- Multiple programs or projects may be included in one application. For example: one application can include a classroom project, a PTA project, and an education foundation project.
- Applications must have approval from the school principal or superintendent.
- Grant funds are disbursed in May and must be expended within the next academic year.
- No grants will be made for projects, programs, and/or equipment that were completed or acquired prior to grant funds being awarded.
- As previously stated, grants will be made to support projects and programs of pre-K – 12 public schools whose projects or programs directly benefit the citizens of the Community Foundation’s geographic area of interest of Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties in Washington State.
- Competitive grant requests are reviewed by the Community Foundation’s Grant Committee which is made up of members of the Board of Directors and qualified community volunteers. The Board of Directors must provide final approval of all grants made by the Community Foundation.
- Final grant evaluation reports will be required to be submitted by the grantees as outlined by the Community Foundation’s policy and guidelines.
In reviewing grant proposals, the Community Foundation generally utilizes the following evaluation criteria:
- Is there an established need for the project or program for which the grant is requested? How was that need determined? (Statistical data, documented lack of services, etc.)
- Is the school in a position to effectively manage the project or program? (strong leadership, volunteer and staff capacity, unified vision/culture)
- How many students will be directly served by the project?
- Is the program or project well planned and likely to succeed? (realistic budget – both income and expenses, evaluation or outcomes targeted and measures in place)
- Site Visits: Site visits are a very important part of the grant evaluation process. Every applicant receives a site visit by three to four members of CFNCW’s staff and Grants Committee members. Site visits generally last 30 minutes. They provide an applicant with an opportunity to share additional information and possibly witness the organization’s purpose/mission firsthand.
All grant recipients are required to submit a Grant Report 45 days after the close of the grand period indicated on the Grant Agreement. Future grant requests will not be considered if reports on previously funded projects are outstanding.