GRANT FAQS

Who can apply for a grant?

Faculty, staff, and students of the Westerville City School District may apply. 

When can I apply?

Check this site later in 2020 for an update on our next application cycle.

How much money can I request?

Grants are intended for innovative and creative projects,

so ask for what you reasonable need for your program or idea.

We do not cap the application request amounts. Annually,

the WEF has granted between $8,000-$22,000 in awards.

What needs to be included in my application?

A proposal, discussing the grant criteria

A detailed budget

A timeline for implementation

A photo of the applicants

A plan for the assessment of the educational outcomes

A plan for sharing the results with the WCS educational community

You may include a short video about your idea, if you would like

What are the funding criteria?

  • All technology and software-related requests must be reviewed by the District to ensure District-level support is possible. If there is a pedagogically important reason to request software or hardware that is not supported by the District, you need to plan for how you can obtain technical assistance in the event of any problems. We encourage you to have that conversation with IT representatives in advance of your submission.

  • Any requests impacting the buildings or grounds must be reviewed by the District. We encourage you to have that conversation in advance of submission;

  • All goods and services purchased through the grant must use the District Purchase Order process;

  • Funding requests for grants should not include:

    • Supplies normally provided by the School (e.g., scissors, paper, etc.). If all funds for classroom supplies have been expended, these may be more appropriately paid for through the WINGS program. 

    • Travel for students (consider setting up a WINGS project for field trip support)

    • Travel or professional development for faculty/staff unless training is explicitly tied to the project (e.g. how to use a piece of software);

  • Materials purchased using WEF grant funding become property of Westerville City Schools.

  • We encourage you to seek funding from other sources, as necessary.

What are the additional requirements?

  • Grantees will be asked to identify a follow-up date that works for their program and then provide an informal status report via email to their Grant Liaison-If you can provide pictures we can use in marketing, that is optimal;

  • Grantees must submit a written report to their Grant Liaison within 30 days of the grant’s completion.  Final report guidelines will be provided at the time of the award;

  • Grantees will be expected to share the results of their innovation project with the Westerville education community (e.g., staff meetings, WE Day presentation);

  • Grantees may also be asked to serve as a Grant Liaison within their schools, available to advise future applicants on their proposals and grants.

If you have general questions or comments regarding our grant process, please contact us and include Grants Committee as your Subject Line. We will get back to you promptly. 

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