To acquire and distribute resources to support student well-being and promote innovative learning opportunities for students and staff of District 207 which support the district’s vision of learning.
Our goals are to provide resources to:
Promote student development through educational enrichment activities and grants for students to pursue additional educational and career opportunities
Encourage excellence through creative “best practice” teaching ideas and programs and by supporting professional growth for all staff
Enhance students’ well-being and ability to learn through programs that support their physical and emotional health
Foster school and community partnerships by facilitating cooperative ventures with alumni, community groups, and the school district.
To achieve these goals, the Foundation provides grants for creative and challenging enrichment activities, staff development of innovative instructional practices to enhance student learning, student well-being initiatives, and cooperative ventures among learning communities.
Timing: Grants are considered at monthly meetings the second week of the month. Give as much lead time as possible for approval of your grant request. We suggest applications be submitted by the middle of the month for consideration at the next monthly board meeting.
Budget: Be as specific as possible about how the requested funds would be used along with the value of the program or activity. The Foundation rarely awards more that $3,000 to any one project, and often provides a portion of requested funding. A breakdown of expenses in essential for the Foundation to know what your needs are.
Process: If your grant is approved, you will be notified by the Executive Director via email and a check will be sent by school mail. As your activity or program takes place, be sure to include Foundation sponsorship in any written or spoken communication about it, inform the Foundation about when the event takes place, and take photos, videos, and collect student responses.
Report: Submit your final report, including student statements, photos, and videos to be posted on the Foundation website. Failure to submit a report and documentation may preclude future funding.
What kinds of activities generally get funded?
New, innovative, and dynamic learning experiences for students that go beyond class curriculum
Special events and projects that involve the community and/or grade schools
Cross-disciplinary special projects or events
Guest speakers or performance groups designed to be seen by multiple classes
Students attending national competitions for District approved programs - $150 per student
Students attending service trips for approved student groups - $150 per student
What kinds of activities generally DO NOT get funded?
Applications that are incomplete or unsigned by department chairs and principals
Requests for curriculum-based equipment, supplies, or teacher stipend
Requests for T-shirts, food, or other expendables for recurring district of school functions
Projects whose requested level of funding is not justified by the number of students impacted
Projects that have been repeatedly funded (three consecutive years) in the same form
****Please read these guidelines carefully before applying for your grant!***