The mini-grant program was created to augment and complement school district efforts to provide students with quality 21st century learning opportunities by building teachers’ capacity to plan and facilitate such experiences. The Foundation awards competitive grants to WFPS staff and schools for innovative educational projects not funded by district, state, or federal money. Since 2014-15, the West Fargo Educational Foundation has provided $10,000 in mini-grants to teachers each year.
Application Process is open each November 1-30.
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The overall purpose of the mini-grant program sponsored by the Educational Foundation is to augment and complement school district efforts to provide students with quality 21st century learning opportunities by building teachers’ capacity to plan and facilitate such experiences.
- Applicants may be a single teacher, a group of teachers/staff, a teacher-parent group, or another West Fargo Public School District employee or employee group.
- There is a total of $5,000 available for distribution. The award maximum has been set at $500 for each recipient.
- The building principal, as well as any necessary department leaders (curriculum/technology/special education/CTE/EL/MTSS, etc), need to be consulted about the grant application prior to submission. This is to avoid duplication and to assure that the project cost is not currently funded through the district’s general funding process.
- Composition and appearance of the proposal is important; grants are public information and are available for all donors and/or reviewers to read.
- All grant applications will be scored using the same rubric, but applications will be coded into one of four different categories: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and all other specialty programs (Community High School, Early Childhood Special Education, ELL, Special Education, and before/after school programs). The number of grants awarded to a program or building in a year is not restricted.
- Once the grant window closes, all proposals will first be reviewed by a district-level team of administrators. Additional information may be requested at this time from the grant applicant.
- A Grant Review Committee, comprised of both Foundation members and district staff, will then review all proposals, score them based on the attached rubric, and make recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for approval.
- All applicants will be informed of their proposal status prior to holiday break.
- Grantees must submit a final evaluation report. The Foundation will send an email reminder when reports are due.
For more information, please contact Heather Leas, WFPS Community Relations Coordinator / Educational Foundation staff liaison at (701) 499-1072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application: Mini-Grant Application