What kinds of projects are you looking for?
Our mission is to support “the highest quality innovative programs to enhance the knowledge, skills, and educational experience of Delran’s students.” We evaluate applications based on their educational value, innovation, overall impact, and measurable outcomes. So projects that only impact only a few students or that are one-and-done may be less likely to be awarded than projects that may have a more lasting impact on a greater number of students. We really want to fund projects that represent great ideas in every content area. So far, we’ve funded art, social studies, foreign language, math, science, and language arts, from kindergarten through high school. If you have a great idea, we’d love to hear about it!
Here are some of the great ideas we’ve already funded:
Do you only give grants to STEM projects? Is it better to do STEM?
We aren’t just looking for STEM! While we are proud to have supported a number of STEM initiatives, we are equally committed to enhancing the educational experience in all areas.
Is there a minimum or maximum award amount?
No. You may request any amount. In the past 3 years, we have given over $50,000 in grants ranging from $400 to $4,000.
When will I know if my grant has been approved?
Grant awards are announced before the end of the school year.
Can I apply again if I’ve already received a grant?
Yes. We will consider each application on its merits each year. We try to avoid funding the same project for multiple years, however, since it is our hope that new programs that are successful will be adopted by the district.
If I was not approved for a grant, can I apply again?
Yes. There are a number of reasons a grant may not be approved in a given cycle, including available funds and the number of quality applications received. Of course, revisions that may increase the innovative impact on student learning are always encouraged.
When and how do I get the money?
The DEF has an agreement with the district to distribute funds on our behalf. We write one check to fund the grants for the year, then you coordinate with your building principal to get the funds awarded to you. If you have any questions, just reach out and let us know!
What happens if I need more money? What happens if I don’t use all the money?
The grant awards are intended to fund your entire project as described in your application, but planning for that is up to you. We cannot approve requests for more funding during the project, and any money that is not spent and accounted for with receipts must be returned. We highly recommend you plan carefully for your funding request.
What kinds of changes to my grant need to be approved by the Foundation?
Quite simply, all of them. Grants are approved based on a combination of factors. All changes to the project from the proposal must be approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Grant awards may be rescinded in the event that changes are not satisfactory to the Board, making that money available once again for future grants. Please email [email protected] to contact the Grant Committee Chairperson with questions.
What happens if I am awarded a grant and change positions or the grant can’t be completed as proposed?
It depends. The Foundation will work with the applicant and the district to try to find a resolution. If the spirit of the grant and its outcomes are the same, changes may be approved. If the project becomes impossible to complete or if changes are not acceptable to the Board for any reason, it will be rescinded. Likewise, applicants are not obligated to accept their award, and money can be returned before the project begins. Either way, the grant money will not go to waste – it will be returned to the fund for future grant opportunities.
What are my responsibilities besides just doing my project?
Grant awardees will be provided an award package which fully details responsibilities. Simply put, the awardee should faithfully complete the project as proposed and credit the Foundation whenever possible! Your great work is our best advertisement to potential donors, so we require a final report of your outcomes as well as pictures that we can use in our fundraising materials.
How much money do you award each year?
It varies based on our fundraising as well as the quality and quantity of applications we receive in each cycle.
If you have additional questions, contact the Grant Committee Chairperson at [email protected]