Grant Deadlines *
SERF Mini-Grants: up to $1500
SERF Mini-Grants will now be accepted October through May.
Application needs to be submitted by the 20th of the month starting Sept. 20th. All grants received by the deadline will be reviewed and voted on at the next month’s board meeting. Any applications received after the 20th of an given month will be held and voted on the following month.
SERF Grants: $1500 and up
November 15, 2018 and March 15, 2019
* Please note that these deadlines are for submission from the Superintendent’s Office. Please refer to your building principal for submission dates for his/her approval, which may be up to a week earlier.
Only grants submitted directly from the Superintendent’s Office will be accepted.
How does SERF define innovation and enrichment?
Innovation brings something new to the classroom: a new program or a new approach to the existing curriculum. Grant applications should clearly depict how they are different from, or augment the existing curriculum. Enrichment programs enhance the existing curriculum through, for example, visits from outside speakers, performers or artists, or new materials that enhance students’ understanding of a subject or enable the curriculum to be taught in a different way.
What do SERF grants support?
- Projects that enhance any area of the K-12 curriculum
- Pilot programs that introduce new techniques and materials to the classroom
- Projects that build upon previously-funded pilots funded by SERF that have had demonstrated success
- Projects that extend a successful existing program to a different grade level or school.
- Programs for enrichment and community learning experiences
- Projects that demonstrate collaboration among teachers, schools and disciplines
- Books, materials or equipment that are a new addition to, or an innovative enhancement to, the curriculum
- Professional development for new programs or to demonstrably enhance existing teaching methods
- Consultants, guest speakers, artists or performers that are central to a project’s implementation
- New technology IF technology supports a demonstrated educational project or plan AND the application demonstrates a
plan for sustainability if the project is successful
All equipment and materials purchased with SERF funds become the property of SPS or LSRHS.
What doesn’t SERF fund?
SERF grant funds are not intended to replace or relieve the existing responsibility for public funding of school programs. The following items are not eligible for SERF funding:
- Technology or equipment that merely replaces existing technology or equipment
- Technology that is requested without a clear, specific and unique pedagogical for its use(s). “Technology for technology’s sake”
- Basic school needs
- Teacher time for work that is part of a teacher’s existing duties, or that will be performed during the teacher’s regular work day during the school year
- Travel time or travel expenses
- Food or hospitality expenses
- Memberships fees for professional organizations
- Substitute teachers
- Teacher or staff salaries
- Routine capital acquisitions (e.g. photocopiers, furniture, office supplies, construction or building projects)
Grant Application Approval Process
SERF grant applications are evaluated by a Grant Panel consisting of a subset of SERF’s Board of Directors. The Grant Panel evaluates applications on their educational merit, consistent with SERF’s grant criteria, mission and funding resources. The Grant Panel makes funding recommendations to the full Board of Directors, whose members then vote on whether to approve the grant. SERF may choose to fully fund, partially fund, or not fund, a grant at its sole discretion. Applicants are then notified of the Board’s decision.
Grant applications will be evaluated for approval based on the following criteria:
- Academic enrichment for students
- Creativity and innovation
- Demonstrated collaboration among teachers, departments and schools
- Probability of project continuity by school system or other means
- Number of students and/or teachers benefiting
- Consistency with school system’s curriculum goals
- Clearly defined goals, activities and outcomes
- Fiscal responsibility
- Support of colleagues within grade-level or subject discipline
- Evaluation mechanism that can accurately assess project results