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Grants to Washington Public Schools and
Districts to Enhance PreK-12 Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of North Central Washington (CFNCW)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Washington public schools and school districts to benefit PreK-12 students in Chelan, Okanogan, and Douglas counties. Funding is intended to enhance the student learning experience, support teacher professional development, and enable schools to better implement their goals.

Activities Considered For Support:
-Programs and projects that are innovative and responsive to changes in the school and/or community it serves.
-“Seed” funding for new and creative programs and projects that offer significant opportunities for positive change.
-Programs and projects that serve low-income or at-risk students.
-Programs and projects that facilitate cooperation and collaboration among teaching staff and/or advance the school’s strategic plan.
-Programs and projects that identify, enhance, and expand leadership opportunities for students.

Evaluation Guidelines:

In reviewing grant proposals, the Community Foundation generally utilizes the following evaluation criteria:
-Is there an established need for the project or program for which the grant is requested? How was that need determined? (Statistical data, documented lack of services, etc.)
-Is the school in a position to effectively manage the project or program? (strong leadership, volunteer and staff capacity, unified vision/culture)
-How many students will be directly served by the project?
-Is the program or project well planned and likely to succeed? (realistic budget – both income and expenses, evaluation or outcomes targeted and measures in place)

Multiple programs or projects may be included in one application. For example: one application can include a classroom project, a PTA project, and an education foundation project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178488

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Stronger Schools grant awards are disbursed in May and cannot be used to fund programs previous to award date. Requests for funding should support summer programs or the 2019-2020 academic school year.

The Trustees have decided to suspend multi-year grants at this time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Public Schools serving students grades PreK-12 located in Chelan, Douglas, or Okanogan counties (including the Methow Valley).
-Public School Districts in the region may also apply for programs that impact multiple schools in their district.
-Applicants may submit each year.

-Preschools that are 501(c)(3) organizations should apply for funding through CFNCW’s Regional Impact Grant program or the Methow Valley Fund, depending on where services are provided.
-501(c)(3) organizations that run education programs that expand and enhance learning opportunities at public schools should apply for funding through CFNCW’s Regional Impact Grant program or the Methow Valley Fund, depending on where services are provided.
-PTAs and education foundations the provide direct financial support to public schools are ineligible for Regional Impact Grants and must seek support through the Stronger Schools or STEAM Teacher Grants as appropriate.

Only one application may be submitted per school or school district; however, multiple schools in one district may apply, in addition to the district. For example, the Wenatchee School District may apply as well as any other schools in their district.

Applications must have approval from the school principal or superintendent.

Activities Generally Not Considered For Support:
-Core operating expenses (e.g., salaries, basic supplies) that should be included in the school budget
-Endowment, capital and annual fund drives, budget deficits and debt reduction
-Multi-year grants
-Funding for items purchased or activities completed prior to grant decisions
-Sponsorships for fundraising, for-profit events or recurring events directly related to organizational fundraising.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Opens: January 15, 2019
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Site visits are a very important part of the grant evaluation process. Every applicant receives a site visit by three to four members of CFNCW’s staff and Grants Committee members. Site visits generally last 30 minutes. They provide an applicant with an opportunity to share additional information and possibly witness the organization’s purpose/mission firsthand.

Stronger Schools grant awards are disbursed in May.

Grant FAQ:

Contact Information:

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

Register online to apply:

Beth Stipe, Executive Director

Community Foundation of NCW
9 S Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee WA 98801


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties