Foundation / Corporation
Sudbury Education Resource Fund (SERF)
03/15/19 - Deadline for SERF Grants; SERF Mini-Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis by the 20th of the preceding month, from October through May
Grants of up to $1,500 and grants starting at $1,500 to Sudbury, Massachusetts public school K-12 specialists, teachers, and administrators for innovative classroom projects, programs, or materials. Applications must be submitted for approval prior to the application deadline. Funding is intended for new initiatives that will enhance the existing curriculum. SERF grants promote innovation and enrichment in classrooms in grades K-12. SERF funds leading-edge projects in all areas of the curriculum including math, science and engineering, literacy and English language arts, social studies and history, global languages, performing and visual arts, emerging technologies, social development, and wellness, professional development for teachers, and more.
SERF grants support:
- Projects that enhance any area of the K-12 curriculum
- Pilot programs that introduce new techniques and materials to the classroom
- Projects that build upon previously funded pilots funded by SERF that have had demonstrated success
- Projects that extend a successful existing program to a different grade level or school
- Programs for enrichment and community learning experiences
- Projects that demonstrate collaboration among teachers, schools, and disciplines
- Books, materials or equipment that are a new addition to, or an innovative enhancement to the curriculum
- Professional development for new programs or to demonstrably enhance existing teaching methods
- Consultants, guest speakers, artists, or performers that are central to a project’s implementation
- New technology IF technology supports a demonstrated educational project or plan
and the application demonstrates a plan for sustainability if the project is successful
Note: All equipment and materials purchased with SERF funds become the property of SPS or LSRHS.
Grant applications will be evaluated for approval based on the following criteria:
- Academic enrichment for students
- Creativity and innovation
- Demonstrated collaboration among teachers, departments, and schools
- The Probability of project continuity by the school system or other means
- Number of students and/or teachers benefiting
- Consistency with the school system’s curriculum goals
- Clearly defined goals, activities, and outcomes
- Fiscal responsibility
- Support of colleagues within grade-level or subject discipline
- Evaluation mechanism that can accurately assess project results
GrantWatch ID#: 173872
- SERF Mini-Grants: up to $1,500
- SERF Grants: $1,500 and up
Who is eligible:
Grants may be initiated by Sudbury Public Schools (SPS) and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (LSRHS) teachers, administrators, and specialists.
The following items are not eligible for SERF funding:
- Technology or equipment that merely replaces existing technology or equipment
- Technology that is requested without a clear, specific and unique pedagogical for its use(s). "Technology for technology's sake"
- Basic school needs
- Teacher time for work that is part of a teacher’s existing duties, or that will be performed during the teacher’s regular workday during the school year
- Travel time or travel expenses
- Food or hospitality expenses
- Memberships fees for professional organizations
- Substitute teachers
- Teacher or staff salaries
- Routine capital acquisitions (e.g. photocopiers, furniture, office supplies, construction, or building projects)
SERF Grant funds are not intended to replace or relieve the existing responsibility for public funding of school programs.
All applications must be received in the Assistant Superintendent’s office at least 3 days prior to the application deadline posted on the website. Please note that only those applications which are received directly from the Assistant Superintendent’s office can be accepted.
SERF Grants deadlines are November 15, 2018 and March 15, 2019.
Please refer to your building principal for submission dates for his/her approval, which may be up to a week earlier.
SERF Mini-grants are accepted October through May.
During this time, applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and need to be submitted by the 20th of the month. All grants received by the deadline will be reviewed and voted on at the next month’s board meeting. Any applications received after the 20th of a given month will be held and voted on the following month.
For SERF Grants application directions:
SERF Mini-Grant application directions:
More information on the granting process:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For any questions about the application process, please contact the Grant Administrator.
PO Box 8911
Sudbury, MA 01776
For general email inquiries: email@example.com
USA: Massachusetts: Sudbury