2021 Individual Schools Grant Program
Why a grant directly to schools
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has been a longtime champion of innovation and rethinking education. But in the last few years, it has become even more evident that real innovation comes from those that are closest to the challenges. School leaders in the Kansas City metro region have shown over and over again that they are creating change with their staff, students, and communities. As we collectively rebuild better in our region, we want to know what future-forward approaches school leaders are using to make their schools ready for the future.
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The Individual Schools Grant Request for Proposals supports improvement, enhancement, and future-forward efforts in Kansas City-area district, charter, and private schools to test innovative approaches they wouldn't be able to otherwise. Areas of focus include professional learning and development, curriculum and instruction, student support, and parent/community engagement ultimately leading to improved student outcomes. School leaders are invited to apply for a grant of up to $125,000 per year, which will support initiatives that take place within an individual elementary or middle school. This grant opportunity will also provide school leaders access to a national and regional learning community, Rethink ED, facilitated by the Kauffman Foundation.
- A school that is a 501(c)(3) organization or a part of a public school district
- Geography: School is located within Cass, Clay, Platte, or Jackson counties in Missouri, or Johnson or Wyandotte counties in Kansas
- Timeline: Project timeline is 6-24 months, beginning July 2021
- Grade level(s): Targets students in kindergarten through 8th grade
- A request to fund facilities or capital expenses, and schools should not apply exclusively for “replacement” funding (requesting funding to replace lost district/state/federal funding)
- Grants of up to $125,000 per year (up to two years) for schools
Applications for 2021 Individual Schools Grants will open on January 15, and the deadline to apply is February 12 at 11:59 p.m.
The school building leader (i.e. principal or assistant principal) should be the lead for the grant application.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee, and all applicants will be notified of their application status by March 31, 2021.
Questions? Please contact Lia McIntosh: email@example.com.
In addition to demonstrating eligibility, the application will ask for the following information:
- Basic Information: School name, school district (if applicable), school type, primary contact information
- Demonstrated Need: Describe the challenge or opportunity being addressed and why proposed solution is most effective. Include any relevant research or evidence to support this assertion.
- Target Beneficiaries: Describe the target population and how they were involved in the planning of the project.
- Student Achievement: Describe aggregate percentage of students performing at or above proficiency on the state assessment in English Language Arts and/or Math. In Missouri, this is the percentage of students achieving proficient/advanced status; in Kansas, it is the percentage of students achieving level 3 or 4. If school does not have state test results (e.g. school does not have students in grades 3-8, private schools, etc.): Describe school-wide student growth in reading and/or math as reported via a nationally-normed test (e.g. STAR, NWEA, ITBS, etc.)
- Student Population: What percentage of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch?
- Project Description: Identify the overall goals of the project and explain what the Foundation’s funding would be used to support. How does this connect with other existing initiatives? How does this project support the overall vision and goals of your school community
- Implementation Plan: Describe the timeline for implementing this project. When will the work begin/end, and what are the major milestones and deliverables? You may use a bulleted format, if useful.
- School Capacity: Describe the school leadership team’s prior experience, accomplishments, and its capacity to implement this proposal successfully. If the school has a new instructional leader (first three years at school), do they have proven results as a leader of another school with similar student demographics. Describe your school leadership team’s capacity to implement this proposal successfully. How will your school staff or community support or enable this effort?
- Challenges: Identify primary internal and external challenges you may have with achieving project goals and the strategies you will implement to mitigate the risks.
- Sustainability: Describe how you will sustain the project after the grant period.
- Expected Outputs and Outcomes: List the key expected outputs (activities/deliverables) and outcomes (results/impacts) of the grant.
- Budget: Funding amount requested and proposed project budget.