MEDFORD EDUCATION FOUNDATION GRANT PROGRAM
The Medford Education Foundation Grant Program is designed to promote academic projects which advance the quality of education for the students in the Medford Township Public Schools by supporting educational projects and programs not otherwise provided for by the established school curricula and budget. The Medford Education Foundation will fund only those projects which enrich and augment the curriculum. Medford Education Foundation funds are used exclusively for additional institutional projects and in no way supplant state or local funds for school operating expenses or teachers’ compensation. This grant program is intended to support teachers and encourage creativity in the classroom for the benefit of our K-8 students by providing resources for extraordinary educational experiences such as hands-on classroom projects, field trips, art, music and drama programs, enhanced STEM education, guest speakers, assemblies and access to technology.
PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA:
The Medford Education Foundation shall make grants twice a year, in December and April.
The deadline for submitting applications for the two grant periods during any one school year shall be November 15 and March 15, respectively. Applications may be submitted on a continuing basis and will be considered for the next regularly scheduled grant review period.
The Board of Trustees of the Medford Education Foundation shall appoint a Grant Review Committee which shall consist of no fewer than four (4) voting members of the Board of Trustees of the Medford Education Foundation who are not certificated employees of the Medford Township School District. The Grant Review Committee shall review grant applications according to criteria established by the Medford Education Foundation and shall make recommendations to the Board of Trustees of the Medford Education Foundation regarding each such application submitted.
The primary criteria for awarding grants is high quality educational content and the appropriateness of the project’s intended audience. The number of students that will benefit from the proposed project shall be a criterion which will be considered by the Grant Review Committee. In addition, the long-range goals of the Medford Education Foundation also will be considered.
The Board of Trustees of the Medford Education Foundation shall adopt a standard application form and standard project evaluation procedure which shall be reviewed periodically.
P.O. Box 71 • Medford, New Jersey 08055 • 609-975-9614
Grants awarded by the Medford Education Foundation will be paid to the applicant upon presentation of invoices, or will be paid directly to vendors or suppliers, as appropriate.
The Board of Trustees of the Medford Education Foundation shall have the discretion and power to utilize the services of educational consultants if needed to assist in evaluating proposed projects.
Individual requests for more than $1,000.00 will not be considered. Extraordinary collaborative requests from multiple applicants will be considered up to a maximum of $2,500.00. The Board of Trustees of the Medford Education Foundation has the right to modify or amend the grant procedures, application and guidelines on a periodic basis.
Although funds may be available, the Medford Education Foundation will fund only projects which meet established criteria.
At the end of the fiscal year, any unused grant money allocated by the Medford Education Foundation for such year will be added to the Medford Education Foundation’s Endowment Fund.
The Application for Educational Grant will be evaluated on the basis of these criteria:
A. Educational content must be central to the project and appropriate for the intended audience.
B. The goals of the project must be clear and well-defined.
C. The project must promote the advancement of skills or knowledge.
D. The need for the project must be clearly established.
E. The time schedule for the project must be clearly stated.
F. There must be adequate provisions for evaluation of the project.
G. The budget must be comprehensive, detailed and include costs for future maintenance and consumables.
H. The applicant must be qualified to direct the project.
I. The applicant must be involved in the project in all stages from planning through evaluation.
J. The project must enrich and augment the curriculum rather than take the place of a project which is or should be funded by the District.
K. The project must contain high quality educational content and be appropriate for the intended audience. The number of students who will benefit from the proposed project shall be considered by the Grant Review Committee.
L. The grant application must be approved by the site principal prior to submission to the Medford Education Foundation, and a copy of the grant application must be sent to the Medford Township Superintendent of Schools and the Medford Township Administrative Director of Programming and Planning.
M. Any grant application containing a technology component must first be submitted to the Medford Township School District Technology Supervisor for review and approval.
N. The grant applicant must be a certificated employee of the Medford Township School District, or sponsored by a certificated employee of the Medford Township School District.
NOTE: ANY ASSETS PURCHASED IN FURTHERANCE OF THE PROJECT WITH GRANT FUNDS BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE MEDFORD TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT.