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SMART Grants

 SMART Grants (Students and Mentors Applying Resources Together)


The Kennett Education Foundation Innovative Grants Program for students is designed to aid students within the Kennett Consolidated School District brings new ideas and resources into the District that will make a difference within the SCHOOL COMMUNITY.  An intent of this program is to aid our youth in developing great ideas and leadership skills that will benefit our school district.


Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to enable new programs or practices in the classrooms, buildings or in extracurricular activities for the Kennett Consolidated School District. They are awarded throughout the year. There is no deadline.


We look forward to receiving your grants!


Who may apply for grant money?

If you are a student of the Kennett Consolidated School District, and developing a program to support our district students, you are eligible for grant money from the Kennett Education Foundation.


How much money may I ask for?

Requests may not exceed $2,000.  All proposals must include a detailed expense budget for funds requested from KEF and include any revenue that will be used from other sources.


How difficult is it to apply for a grant?
It is very easy!  Review your grant idea with your KCSD sponsor.  The sponsor is required to be a staff member of KCSD and must sign off
on your idea.  Secure approval to implement your idea from the building principal and/or District Office before you apply.  

Next, Complete a grant application online by clicking here. Each request must include a detailed timeline that documents time required to acquire materials and resources to implement the project.  Once you hit submit, the application will be delivered to the SMART Grant Committee for review.  A minimum of 7 days is required to process and review your request.  Additional time is required during KCSD holiday breaks and during July - August.

What does the Foundation look for in grant proposals?
The following categories are more likely to be funded:
  • Innovative programs - also described as "first-time", "unique", "pilot", "next Generation"
  • Projects that provide an avenue to explore, develop, and refine ideas for improving the education for other students.
  • Projects that are designed to make a difference in the school community.

The following categories are less likely to be funded:
  • Projects that benefit on individual or one family.
  • Projects that are designed for entertainment purposes only.
  • Projects that fund primarily consumable materials.
  • Programs that are a continuation of an event/experience that was established in a prior school year.
  • Grants that are used to compensate teachers or staff who come to work with the students. (experts such as authors or artists who are used in the program are viewed as an exception.


Projects seeking funds for transportation costs are prohibited from funding.


What considerations are used to determine which requests are funded?
  • Statement as to why you want to implement your project
  • Innovative, unique and use of “best practices”
  • Number of people who benefit
  • Sustainability of the benefit (more than one class year)
  • Can it be shared by more than one class?
  • Significance of the benefit to students or teachers
  • Incorporates financial and/or volunteer support from other resources when necessary
  • Promotes collaboration between teachers, schools, and/or community

Once my grant is approved, how do I get reimbursed?

Once your grant is approved, let us know how you plan to move forward with your expenses.  Detailed supply lists will be required to provide complete supply list, vendor address, dates required if we are purchasing the supplies for you.  Or you can submit your receipts for reimbursement of your expenses.


How long do I have to spend the grant funds?

Grant funds must be spent by the end of the school year in which it is awarded.  If an extension is required, contact the KEF Education Grants Committee. 


Are there any special requirements of an approved application?

The Kennett Education Foundation will assign each approved SMART Grant a Grant Committee Liaison.  This contact will assist in securing approval for all communication about grant project to the KCSD community.


Do I need to report back to the Foundation?

A summary report and photographs, where practical, are requested of successful applicants at the completion of all projects.  In addition, grant recipients are encouraged to make a brief presentation to the Kennett Education Foundation board at the successful completion of the project.


Still have questions?
Please contact the Education Grants Chair Barbie DeCarlo at bdecarlo718@comcast.net