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Rowland Fellowship

Grants to Vermont Individual High School
Teachers for Year-Long Leadership Opportunities

GrantWatch ID#: 170468
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Rowland Foundation

12/31/16 Postmarked

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Grants to Vermont individual high school teachers, guidance counselors, mental health counselors, and healthcare professionals for a year-long opportunity to plan and initiate school-wide changes. Funding is intended to provide the grantee a sabbatical for professional and school system development.

The Foundation seeks proposals which:

- Will lead to systemic change in the school, particularly in its culture and climate
- Are visionary and comprehensive (what percentage of the population will they serve)
- Are sustainable after The Rowland Foundation completes its funding
- Are exportable to other schools. The Rowland Foundation is keenly interested in affecting change throughout Vermont.
- Have the complete support of the principal or head of school. This will be a key element of the interview process by the Executive Director prior to the selections.

Details about the Fellowship:

An initial grant of up to $50,000 covers a sabbatical for the fall semester (September-January) for each Rowland Fellow. The sabbatical provides opportunity for travel, research, personal reflection and renewal, and for the development of an action plan to be implemented upon the Fellow's return to his/her respective school in January. The grant covers all costs (travel, transportation, and accommodations) except personal expenses. Meals for conferences, workshops and professional visits are covered at the daily reimbursement rate established by each school except when the Rowland Fellow is taking up residence for an extended period. The grant also covers the school's cost of hiring a substitute teacher. Substitute teacher costs for the past few years have averaged $30,000 for the sabbatical semester.

An additional $50,000 grant is provided to each school in two installments to support the initiative developed by the Rowland Fellow. Most schools use part of this second installment to provide a reduced teaching load for the Rowland Fellow to work on his/her initiative during the second semester. The first $25,000 is made available in January upon the Fellow's return from sabbatical. The balance of the grant will be made in June after a visit by the Executive Director to each school and the submission of a final report. The allocation of these funds is a joint decision between the Rowland Fellow and the principal/head of school.

Up to ten

The Foundation provides a $100,000 grant.

The grant covers two school semesters, fall and spring.

Any Vermont high school teacher, guidance counselor, mental health counselor or healthcare professional from a Vermont public school, from one of the state’s four independent academies, from a Vermont technical center, or from a private school where at least 85 percent of the students are publically funded and do not have selective admissions may apply for a fellowship. Middle school teachers may apply who are part of a K-12 or 7-12 school and where the high school and middle school fall under the same leadership umbrella.

Generally not funded:

- Faculty or staff salaries
- Student travel unless sustainability can be demonstrated
- Capital costs, e.g., buildings, building renovations, large-scale technology purchases
- Master's degrees for the applicant (note: we certainly are willing to fund a course related to the applicant's initiative)
- Curriculum development, particularly to a specific discipline.

Applications that are submitted earlier than the deadline are welcomed and appreciated.

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

Mail three copies of the application to:

The Rowland Foundation
PO Box 88
34 West River Street
South Londonderry, VT 05155

Charles W. Scranton, Executive Director

Margie J. Malko, Administrative Assistant


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