Beyond the Books Educational Foundation has been selected by another Foundation to administer a large grant. The “Beyond the Box” grant challenges applicants to think bigger and even more innovatively and creatively in order to be the one successful grant to be awarded up to $10,000. The deadline for this application is Friday, July 29, 2011. The grant winner will be announced in August. Continue reading for grant application, guidelines and grant rubric.
Beyond the Box 2011 Guidelines
THE “BEYOND THE BOX” GRANT
One grant will be awarded ~ the amount available is up to $10,000.
Applicants must be employees of Unit 5 and/or District 87 (Pre-K through 12). The “BEYOND THE BOX” grant will be awarded without regard to applicant’s school district, race, age, creed, gender or national origin. In the event that the recipient relocates, the grant may be withdrawn. However, if it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Foundation that the project will be carried out as envisioned, the grant may be retained.
GUIDING CRITERIA FOR THE “BEYOND THE BOX” GRANT
The project is not fully fundable by other sources; collaboration with other groups/agencies in securing supplemental resources (financial and/or volunteer work) is appropriate. The project is compatible with current educational objectives/curriculum of the applicant’s school district. The project will have positive continuing benefits for students, other teachers, or classes after completion. The project will comply with state regulations. Preference will be given to a proposal that is original and innovative. Preference may be given to a proposal that impacts a large number of students, and/or includes grade-level-to-grade level, school-to-school and/or district-to-district interaction. “BEYOND THE BOX” grant exceeds classroom limitations and should focus on creative and unique ideas not possible without other funding sources.
The “BEYOND THE BOX” grant is to be used solely for the purpose described in the application. Funds must be used during the 2011-2012 school year or during summer of 2011; otherwise, funds may be forfeited. Funds will be forwarded to the winner’s district following selection of the grant. The district will administer the disbursement of grant dollars. Expense receipts are to be designated “BEYOND THE BOX” grant and submitted to the district’s business office. The recipient shall submit to the Grants Committee Chairman a completed evaluation form at the conclusion of the project ~ and ~ provide a published copy of a public acknowledgement of the grant (such as a letter to the editor, article in the school newsletter, or remarks to the parent organization). All tangible property or publications resulting from work carried out under the “BEYOND THE BOX” grant shall specifically acknowledge the support of the Foundation.
Grant readers are not educators; the application should contain terms that are easy to understand. Food should not be a major focus of the grant; include the item only if essential to the success of the project and explain why. Substitute staff and other personnel costs are seldom considered for funding.
Completion “BEYOND THE BOX” grant applicants must complete: page 1 (cover sheet); page 2 (Items #1-#4); and page 3 (Items #1-#3 with the information requested on not more than 4 total pages).
Applications must be typewritten and submitted on the form provided or, if word processing is used, conform to the length and format of the form.
The application must be signed by the principal(s)/administrator, and, if the grant involves technology, by the technology administrator.
Submission An application submitted by mail must be postmarked by JULY29, 2011 and sent to:Chuck Hurliman
2618 Ridge Road
Bloomington, IL 61704
An application submitted by e-mail must be received by JULY 29, 2011. E-mail the completed application to your principal, and/or other administrator if indicated, for review and sign off. The principal shall e-mail the application to Chuck Hurliman.
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