What does EGEF fund?
Grants are awarded to any of the six schools in the district. The grant should be a well-constructed project or program that integrates with or enhances the current curriculum. We look for three qualities in a project: innovation, creativity, and sustainability.
Can I apply for more than one grant?
Yes, you may submit as many applications as your time, creativity, and initiative allow. The Grant Committee will assume that you will implement all of them should they all be funded.
Can I apply with other teachers?
Yes, you may apply either individually or as part of a team. Your team can include teachers from your own or other grade levels, disciplines, or schools. We encourage collaborative projects among teachers and schools.
What should be included in the budget?
Your budget should be a detailed list of all expenses, including materials, fees, compensation, taxes, shipping, etc. Reimbursement will not be made for items not listed in the original budget. Applicants should not include items requested for, or that may be included, in the upcoming school year budget. Legitimate substitutions for original items must be approved in advance by the Foundation. Line items over $1,000 require submission of statements from multiple vendors for comparative analysis. Where available, applicants will consult with the Director of Purchasing of the EG School Department.
What happens if I exceed my budget?
In general, EGEF does not pay for cost overruns that were not pre-approved. Please be thorough when you submit your budget.
What if I do not spend all of my budgeted funds?
All unspent funds will remain with EGEF.
Who can I contact with questions regarding the application process?
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the EGEF through our contact form.
Who is on EGEF’s Grant Committee?
The Grant Committee is comprised of individuals selected yearly by the committee chair(s) and the president, and approved by EGEF’s Board of Directors. Committee membership is not limited to board members. Committee members are selected because of their interest, expertise, and background in education, grant processes, and school curricula.
The selection process includes an effort to achieve committee diversity as it relates to the background of committee members:
- Children’s Schools
- Children’s Ages
- Members’ areas of interest and strengths
The integrity of the grant process is critically important to the Foundation as a matter of public perception, fiduciary responsibility, and faith building with educators, and donors. As such, committee members are required to abide by a Conflict of Interest Policy to strictly avoid any participation in decision-making involving grant requests from their own children’s educators in the current and subsequent school year.
Committee members, as with all EGEF Board members, treat all submitted grant materials, discussions, and decisions within the grant process as confidential.