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Grants to La Plata County, Colorado Nonprofits and Public School
Staff for Academic Enrichment Materials and Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Durango Education Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/02/18 6:00 PM


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Grants to La Plata County, Colorado nonprofits and PreK-12 public school teachers and administrators for academic enrichment programs, materials, and technology. All potential applicants must contact Foundation staff before applying. Funding is intended to encourage fresh ideas and promote excellence in Durango School District 9-R.

Grants may support:
a. Classroom needs not funded by the 9-R budget
b. Academic programs—regular ongoing, innovative, and/or collaborative
c. Programs to build or reward character, improve study habits, or encourage academic proficiency
d. Education in visual or performing arts
e. Professional development expenses, if they are a part of a larger grant proposal
f. Programs offered by community organizations serving K-12 students (primarily but not necessarily exclusively 9-R)

Preference will be given to proposals:
a. That serve the greater number of students
b. With research- and/or evidence-based rationale
c. That involve collaboration with other teachers, schools or community organizations
d. That do not exclude students based on their financial ability to participate

The scope of the grant should:
a. Serve students of Durango School District 9-R
b. Align with the goals, standards, technology preferences, and strategic plan of School District 9-R
c. Demonstrate notable forethought and creativity

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139394

Estimated Size of Grant:

For any item costing more than $500, attach a current (within 3 months) written quotation from your intended vendor(s). State partnering revenue sources, with amounts and status (i.e. funded, applied for, etc.)

Term of Contract:

Activities must be scheduled for implementation between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. Grants must be fully implemented within 12 months of award. Exceptions with D.E.F. approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are open to any teacher, staff member or administrator in Durango School District 9-R. They are also open to other 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations with programs that serve the students in Durango 9-R. Grants are intended to assist educators in serving students of all ages, abilities, and academic interest areas.

Grants will generally not be awarded for:
a. Teacher or administrative salaries
b. Professional development expenses, except if they are a part of a larger grant proposal
c. Items otherwise adequately funded (or planned to be funded) in the 9-R budget
d. (Without exception) Athletics, e.g. programs, travel, facilities, or equipment, or other athletic endeavor

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should contact the Funding Source before applying. If your idea seems appropriate for us to consider, the Foundation will invite you to submit a formal application. This step may save you fruitless work and is required
for each grant you submit.

Core Grant applications for the 2018-19 school year will open January 1, 2018. The deadline to submit a Core application is Monday, April 2, 2018 before 6:00 PM, however, DEF does have other resources for grants, so inquiries from all 9-R educators are welcomed throughout the year.

Once you have submitted an application, please confirm that the Foundation received it by calling or emailing the office.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact Foundation staff before applying:
(970) 385-1491

Discuss the project budget with Carla Hotter, 9-R Finance Department, at 970-247-5411, ext. 1416.

For technology requests, contact Nicole DuPont at 970-375-3807 or

Apply online:

Applicants from outside of Durango 9-R must Submit directly to DEF either electronically or on paper. DEF will direct the application through the 9-R portal if necessary.

Durango Education Foundation
201 E. 12th St.
Durango, CO 81301

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Durango School District 9-R