Application Guidelines

Grant Criteria

WEOF and the six HSA for Wissahickon schools evaluate grant requests based on an established criteria and rubric although other factors unique to specific projects may also be considered. Successful proposals will meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Fosters growth in the intellectual, physical, emotional, social and cultural spheres of the student
  • Includes a clear, identifiable, relevant purpose which enhances the WSD curriculum through unique and innovative instructional approaches that engage students
  • Promotes the socialization and self-esteem of students
  • Support co-curricular/extra-curricular activities
  • Promotes a positive school community culture
  • Benefits a great number of students (e.g. team, grade level, department or school) or a population with unique learning needs

To view the WEOF/HSA Learning Grant Evaluation Rubric, please click Grant Rubric

Funding

WEOF and HSA use a competitive grant process; not all grants submitted will be funded. Grant proposals should be cost-effective and not a recurring project/expense. Once the grant proposal budgets for each organization have been allocated, no other grants will be approved for the balance of the school year.

Technology Grants: Because of the cost associated with technology purchases, Learning Grants involving technology will only be considered by WEOF.

HSA

The Home and School Associations in the elementary schools support grants that are up to $300. The middle school and high school HSAs support grants up to $600. Total annual funding for HSA Mini-Grants varies for each school and ranges from $1,200 to $4,000.

WEOF

WEOF supports grants of any dollar amount. Grants that are not funded by the Home and School organization may be resubmitted to WEOF for possible support using the same application. Total annual funding for WEOF learning grants varies, but typically will not exceed $30,000 per year. WEOF does not fund items such as t-shirts and food/snacks.

Submission Requirements and Timelines

To be considered for a WEOF or HSA grant, please complete the Common Learning Grant Application and submit electronically. The application will be routed to the appropriate school or WEOF.

All grant proposals must be approved by the building principal prior to review by WEOF or HSA. If funds for technology are requested, the proposal must also be reviewed by the WSD Technology Director to ensure the grant is in alignment with the district’s technology program and goals. Please note that you may be contacted for additional details or clarification. For grants submitted to WEOF requesting over $1,000, you may also be asked to present your proposal to the board of directors so that they may better understand the intention of the grant.

HSA grants are considered at their regularly scheduled meetings. WEOF Grants are first reviewed by the WEOF Executive Committee and should be submitted based on the following timeline:

Executive Committee Meeting Dates 2018-2019
Grant application deadline for review by committee before proceeding to full Board Meeting
Full Board Meeting Dates 2018-2019
Full Board vote if grant is recommended for approval by Executive Committee
August 28, 2018 Wednesday,  September 5, 2018
October 2, 2018 Tuesday, October 9, 2018
November 27, 2018 Tuesday, December 4, 2018
January 8, 2019 Wednesday, January 16, 2019
February 19, 2019 Tuesday, February 26, 2019
April 2, 2019 Tuesday, April 9, 2019
May 7, 2019 Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The intention is that the money will be used in the current school year. Any proposal submitted after April 1 should be implemented the following year – July 1 through June 30.

Reporting Requirements

All grant recipients must provide a report that demonstrates the “grants in action” and the benefits to our students. The Grant Report Form should be submitted to WEOF or the HSA by June 30th of the school year the grant monies are expended. Recipients may be asked to share their project and its results with other teachers in the district or members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees or H&SA.

To download the Grant Recipient Report file (MSWord Doc), click HERE.

Submit a Grant HERE