Innovative Learning Grants
2017-18 Timeline

Grant Workshops

Grant application support for anyone interested in applying
Fall 2017 WJCC Schools Grant Workshop (PDF)

Grant Deadline
NO EXCEPTIONS
November 7, 2017 by 11:00 pm

Awards Celebration
February 2018

Innovative Learning Grants
Guidelines for Grant Applications 

Purpose

Innovative Learning Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches to the accomplishment of program objectives. The WJCC Schools Foundation is offering employees the opportunity to apply for grants to support new, original and creative ideas, methods and projects to support higher levels of student learning.   The grants must support the division’s strategic plan or school-specific goals and objectives to enhance student academic performance.

(Applicant) Eligibility

Individuals employed by WJCC Public Schools who are involved in the instruction of students or related support services benefiting students.

Eligible Proposals

Instructional approaches or projects designed to begin during the 2018 school year and which meet the selection criteria. Grants may fund instructional and classroom materials, parent involvement programs, or any activity or material which supports higher levels of student academic achievement.

Each teacher application must have a completed cover page signed by the school principal.  All applications involving the purchase of technology or media equipment must also have a cover page signed by the Senior Director of Technology, Brian Landers (brian.landers@wjccschools.org, 757-603-6400). Ink or electronic signatures are accepted.

Awards Funding

Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to employee initiated programs or projects. The number of awards will depend on funds available from WJCC Schools Foundation for the specific grant cycle.

Selection Criteria:

  • The degree to which the project supports the division’s strategic plan or school-specific goals and objectives.
  • The degree to which the grant application enhances student academic performance.
  • The degree to which the grant application incorporates sound evaluation procedures.
  • The degree to which the grant application represents a new, creative or innovative approach to the accomplishment of objectives. Funds are not 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, including (a) specificity of objectives; (b) clarity of instructional procedures, methods or treatments; and (c) alignment among evaluative procedures, objectives and treatments.

Grant Applications should be submitted to the WJCC Schools Foundation electronically. 

There are two options for electronic submittal:

  1. Attach the completed PDF fillable from application including signatures and email to WJCCFoundationGrants@wjccschools.org.  You will need to download the PDF and save to your computer.  The form can then be edited and saved before submitting.  The first page of this application form is the cover page and may be signed electronically.  Alternatively, the cover page can be printed, signed and scanned and then emailed as a separate document.  Please email the application and cover page as attachments in one email submission and include the project title in the email subject.
  2. Submit the Online Application (online application).  Please note the cover page will need to be printed and signed and emailed separately to WJCCFoundationGrants@wjccschools.org.  A stand-alone copy of the cover page may be accessed via a link on the first page of the Online Application.  In the subject line of the email, please indicate the project title of your grant application.

Please Note: when using the Online Application, you do not need to save.  Once each page is completed, it saves automatically. You may leave the application and return later if you do not clear your browsing history.  Once submitted, the Online Application cannot be accessed for changes or edits.

Selection Process

  1. A web link to grant application forms will be emailed to all WJCC Public Schools employees. The information is also on the website.
  2. Teacher-initiated applications must be reviewed and signed by the principal.
  3. Applications that involve the purchase of technology or media equipment must also be reviewed and signed by the Senior Director of Technology, Brian Landers (brian.landers@wjccschools.org, 757-603-6400).
  4. All grant applications must be received no later than November 7, 2017 at 11 pm.
  5. The grant application review committee will review and comment on applications.  Members of the committee include:
    1. Seven board members from the Program Committee
    2. Others as determined by the WJCC Schools Foundation Board of Directors
  6. If recommended for approval, the application is presented to the WJCC Schools Foundation Board of Directors in summary form for review and formal approval.
  7. If approved by the WJCC Schools Foundation Board of Directors, successful applications will be collectively presented to the WJCC School Board for formal acceptance of the grant funds.
  8. Applicants will be notified of decisions by the date specified by the committee.

Responsibilities of Grant Recipients

  • Use the awards for the intended purposes.
  • Projects must be fully implemented and a final report submitted to WJCC Schools Foundation before recipients can submit an application for another grant.
  • Agree to share successful procedures in staff development sessions.

When applying for a grant, please remember the following:

Do not use the name of your school in the application except on the cover page.  The Grant Application Review Committee reviews the remainder of the application without knowledge of the school and name of the applicant to ensure a blind review process.

  • Grants are to be used to fund projects that cannot be provided for in the school and division budgets.
  • Objectives and outcomes should be consistent with the goals of your school and the division.
  • Grants cannot support teacher training or travel. When creating your budget, research carefully and be realistic. Small grants are just as likely to be awarded as large grants. Partial funding is an option. Applicants will not receive funds for budgeted items available from division resources.
  • Grant Applications should be submitted to the WJCC Schools Foundation Grants Committee electronically.  There are two options:  
  1. Attach the completed PDF fillable from application including signatures and email to WJCCFoundationGrants@wjccschools.org.  You will need to download the PDF and save to your computer.  The form can then be edited and saved before submitting.  The first page of this application form is the cover page and may be signed electronically.  Alternatively, the cover page can be printed, signed and scanned and then emailed as a separate document.  Please email the application and cover page as attachments in one email submission and include the project title in the email subject.
  2. Submit the Online Application (online application).  Please note the cover page will need to be printed and signed and emailed separately to WJCCFoundationGrants@wjccschools.org.  A stand-alone copy of the cover page may be accessed via a link on the first page of the Online Application.  In the subject line of the email, please indicate the project title of your grant application.

Please Note: when using the Online Application, you do not need to save.  Once each page is completed, it saves automatically. You may leave the application and return later if you do not clear your browsing history.  Once submitted, the Online Application cannot be accessed for changes or edits.

Tips for a Successful Application

Statement of Need: 

  • Describe the area of student achievement you wish to address and provide any data that supports the need. Please include how this grant addresses the division’s strategic plan or school-specific goals and objectives.
  • Keep the statement simple and straightforward.
  • Show how the project relates to the division’s strategic plan.

Objectives: 

  • Limit the number of objectives.
  • Imply or state evaluation in the statement of objectives.
  • Be specific.

Description of Proposed Project/Activity: 

  • Describe the problem or issue.
  • Show how the project supports the purpose.
  • List steps to follow in project implementation.
  • Relate project to need and objectives.
  • Be specific.

Evaluation: 

  • Relate to stated objectives.
  • Indicate how you will know whether the project was successful.

Partners (if any): 

  • Are there others who will participate in this project? (Kiwanis, Rotary, Lion’s Club)
  • If so, in what role?