In order to streamline the approval and reimbursement process, the grants program will be transitioning to a schedule where grant account numbers will be issued three times a year.
GRANT SUBMISSION PERIOD*
ACCOUNT NUMBER ISSUED (APPROXIMATELY)
12/1 to 3/31
9/1 to 11/30
4/1 to 8/31
*Grant request submissions and approval notifications will continue to be ongoing.
Reimbursements will no longer be ongoing; they will follow the schedule above.
Please direct all questions to Barbie DeCarlo.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 484-787-4915
in the classroom or
in extracurricular activities
New programs in the classroom or in extracurricular activities
These practices, when tied to the educational goals of the school district, are often key catalysts for improvement. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to enable new programs in the classrooms or in extracurricular activities for the KCSD and may be awarded throughout the year. There is no deadline! Grants may be awarded for one, two, or three years (max. $5,000/year).
Grants may be submitted at any time.
There is a $5,000 limit on funds requested.
Awarded for expansion and/or sustainment of existing KCSD programs
Proven Practices Grants are practices that have already demonstrated effectiveness.
Grants may now be submitted at any time.
There is a $4,000 limit on funds requested.
The same person may not apply for a Proven Practices Grant more than one time per year. However, a different person, team member, etc. may apply for funding for the same thing.
The same person may not apply for Proven Practices Grant for the same thing for more than three consecutive years. If awarded in multiple years, each year the amount awarded will decrease by at least 1/3 of the original amount requested.
Enhance and support the educational experience
There is a $300 limit on funds requested.
- Must “enhance and support the educational experience at Kennett” (KEF mission statement)
Cannot be requested more than once for the same thing by the same applicant.
Applicants may not apply more than once a year.
Students and Mentors
Applying Resources Together
Aid our youth in developing great ideas and leadership skills that will benefit our school district
Designed to encourage and support KCSD students to bring new ideas and resources into the District that will make a difference within the school community.
Student applicant(s) must have a KCSD employee as an advisor/mentor who will review and discuss plans, complete and co-sign forms (for ordering and reimbursement), and procure items.
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 KCSD.
Grant Reporting Form
Recently Awarded Education Grants
Kennett Education Foundation Enhances the K-12 educational experience by funding and awarding innovative grants for teachers and their projects in the classroom that are not funded by the school district due to budget restraints.
Funds and awards are also granted to our youth who develop great ideas that benefit our school district and students.
Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center
All 300 students who attend the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center visit and enjoy the CARE Room which is divided into six career-related stations. Students can become a doctor or veterinarian at the hospital station, an architect or construction worker at the building station, a server, chef or cashier at the restaurant/market station and kitchen; a teacher at the classroom station, or a postal worker at the post office, where students can send letters to their teachers and friends. It has been absolutely magical to watch the students engage in meaningful play related to career development.
Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center
Kennett High School
With a generous support through a $10,000 Promising Practices grant back in the fall of 2011, the KEF helped us lay the foundations for what would become a world-class robotics team here at KHS. From our humble start with 13 students, we have grown to an award-winning team with over 30 members. Over the past eight years, we have involved hundreds of students and given them an engaging, hands-on STEM experience. We have won a district championship, finished in the top tier at Mid-Atlantic Regionals, and qualified for Worlds the past two years. KEF continues to be one of our primary supporters, for which we are very grateful.
Chairperson Science Department
Kennett High School
Can I be awarded more than one grant per year?Grants will not be awarded to the same individual more than one time in a twelve-month period.
Who may apply for grant money?If you are employed by the Kennett Consolidated School District, or are a KCSD student, you are eligible for grant money from the Kennett Education Foundation.
How much money may I ask for?All proposals must include a detailed expense budget for funds requested from KEF and include any revenue that will be used from other sources. Promising Practices Grant: $5,000 Limit Proven Practices Grant: $4,000 Limit MiniGrant: $300 Limit Smart Grant: $2,000 Limit
How difficult is it to apply for a grant?It is very easy! A decision will be rendered as soon as possible, we aim for less than 30 days. You will be asked to enter the name of your principal so that he/she receives a copy of your grant submission.
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". Music, art, language or non-academic extended learning programs. Specialty equipment or technology - microscopes, globes, certain software (appropriate district staff must approve requests). Projects that provide an avenue to explore, develop, and refine ideas for improving the education for our students. The following Categories are less likely to be funded: Projects that fund professional development courses or workshops only. Projects that fund primarily consumable materials and/or transportation costs. Experts (i.e. authors or artists) who are used in the program are viewed as an exception. Grants that are used to compensate teachers or staff who come to work with the students are prohibited. Furniture($300 limit)
What considerations are used to determine which requests are funded?Innovative, unique and use of “best practices” Number of students who benefit. Durability of benefit (more than one class year) and can it be shared by more than one class. Significant benefit to students or teachers. Leverages financial and/or volunteer support from other sources 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, the KCSD District Office will assign you a grant-specific account code, along with ordering options and reimbursement processes.
How long do I have to spend the grant funds?In your approval letter, there will be a spending deadline, usually about three months. If an extension is required, contact the KEF Education Grants Committee.
Still have questions?Please contact the Education Grants Chair Barbie DeCarlo.
Do I need to report back to the foundation?To complete the process and be eligible for future grants, you will need to submit a Grant Reporting Form (found on the KEF website). Appropriate documentation and photos should be attached and forwarded.