Brunswick Community Education Foundation (BCEF) Grant

Grants to Brunswick, Maine Teachers and
School Staff to Enhance Public Education

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Brunswick Community Education Foundation (BCEF)


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Brunswick, Maine public school teachers and staff members to promote academic achievement and enhance the learning experience. Funding is available for unique educational projects that are not covered by the school budget, as well as professional development opportunities for educators.

BCEF will fund initiatives that are innovative, creative and can help students reach their full potential. This could include projects, items, or programs that augment the curriculum, explore new and imaginative ideas and teaching practices, provide summer educational opportunities, or directly impact a significant number of students and teachers.

Examples of initiatives BCEF is hoping to support:
-Summer or after-school robotics programs, or similar STEM-related activities.
-Speakers or materials that promote a positive school climate.
-Programs related to arts, culture, music, theater or dance.
-Interdisciplinary ideas that can serve as pilots for larger-scale initiatives.
-Proposals that speak to a unique or emerging need within a school or that targets a need within a smaller community in a school.
-Professional development activities that are scalable, are easily shared with others, and that will have an immediate impact on teachers and students.

BCEF invites applications that fit into one of four broad categories:

1) Classroom-based grants will be awarded to individual teachers or groups of teachers to support projects aimed at complementing, enriching, or expanding upon the curriculum.

2) School Grants will be awarded to individual schools for projects that enhance educational opportunities and foster collaboration within a grade level, between grade levels, within a subject area or department, or throughout the school as a whole.

3) System-Wide Grants will be awarded to projects that have similar goals to the ones outlined above, but that have an educational impact on more than one school.

4) Requests for Professional Development grants from individual teachers or small groups of teachers will be considered if they enable the launch or expansion of a program or project tied to a curricular goal. For example, a recent grant was awarded to two Brunswick Junior High School teachers to establish an Aquaponics program for 6th grade science students. The grant aligned closely with specific units in the 6th grade science curriculum and included PD funds for the teachers to attend Aquaponics training at the Maine Herring Gut Institute and receive materials that will be in used in the classroom for the foreseeable future.

Requests for PD also must be student-centered, have a quantifiable academic impact, and must include a clear explanation of why it is not part of the regular school budget.

Any professional development activities supported by BCEF should be readily shared with colleagues to amplify the impact of the experience. Details of how that will be accomplished must be included in the grant application.

Grants have been awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $5000.

Larger grants of up to $5,000 will be considered for cooperative proposals involving multiple teachers, a grade level, or school-wide project.

Professional development related grants have a limit of $2,500.

CEF awards grants to Brunswick School Department teachers and staff members.

Applicants who received an award previously are welcome to apply the following year for a different project.

CEF is presently unable to consider grant applications for the following categories:
-Services and goods that are part of the school budget.
-Building and/or facilities maintenance, repairs or renovations.
-Replacement of items that were once part of the BSD School Budget but are no longer.
-Requests typically funded by parent groups, such as dances, school-wide social or community events, or food associated with those events.
-Requests to fund events or projects that do not have a clear educational benefit.
-Requests typically funded by sports or special interest booster groups.
-Teacher certification and degrees.
-Grants that support individual students, such as scholarships or camp fees

The deadline for submitting the online application form is January 15, 2017.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in March 2017.

Please Note: Partial funding of a larger project may be awarded if the overall goals meet the grant criteria but funding limitations cannot allow for full funding.

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

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Grants are made to Brunswick School Department teachers and staff members.

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