Each spring and fall, the Pike Township Educational Foundation awards thousands of dollars in grants to educators and others in Pike Township to finance innovative ideas for helping children learn. Grants can affect a single classroom, a school, multiple schools, or the whole district. Since 1993, the PTEF has distributed over $330,000.00 in grants thanks to our generous donors!
The PTEF provides feedback on grant ideas and pointers on writing your grant before you submit a full application (see below for more information). We also offer a grant writing workshop before each grant cycle to help educators write and submit their grant applications (see below for more information). The easiest way to apply for grants is online, but educators may also submit a paper grant application. Apply for a grant using the appropriate link:
Who May Apply
Any Pike Township teacher, group of teachers, administrator, school personnel, student or student group, or parent group may apply for PTEF grants.
Class Grants: Individuals or classroom projects with budget requests of up to $1000. The project should fill a class or teacher need for which no other source of funding is available.
School Grants: Department, grade level, or school projects with budget requests of up to $2,000. Applicants are encouraged to submit ideas for projects that affect all students within a department, grade, or school.
Multi-School/District Grants: Projects with budget requests of up to $3,000 that will benefit multiple schools or the entire school district. In addition to other guidelines, applicant must illustrate a cooperative planning effort involving a significant part of the school system and describe how the project involves students, teachers, and the community at the township-wide level. The applicant should inform the Foundation Executive Director of his/her intent to submit a District Grant application in advance of submitting to assure proper authorization of the application.
Educators can receive feedback on grant ideas before submitting a final application. If you would like some feedback on your grant idea of help in applying for a grant, please fill out the Grant Feedback Request form (see below).
The Foundation Grants Committee reviews each grant application it receives. The Committee may request additional information from the applicant, school administrators, or curriculum coordinators. Applications chosen for funding by the Committee are then recommended to the Board of Directors for acceptance. Depending upon the time of year, the number of grant requests submitted and the complexity of the applications, the review process will take from 30 to 90 days.
The Grants Committee uses a combination of objective and subjective criteria when evaluating grant requests. Requests that clearly meet more criteria will generally be viewed more favorably during evaluation. In some instances the Foundation is not able to fund all requests due to budgetary constraints. This does not mean that a rejected request is inappropriate or unsatisfactory. The reason a grant request is not funded will be provided to the applicant, and the applicant may be encouraged to resubmit the grant request in the next funding cycle.
In general, higher value will be placed on the following criteria:
- Programs that showcase innovation, creativity and educational value.
- Programs that enrich student experience and promote student involvement to enhance achievement.
- Projects a high level of director commitment.
- Those applications that clearly and concisely describe the project and anticipate positive benefits for students in the form of achievement, motivation and character development will be favored during the evaluation process.
- Grant requests that include all the requested information and that are co-funded by other sources vitally interested in the success of the project will also be viewed more favorably.
- Pilot programs that, if successful, can be replicated for other schools in the district.
The following requests will not be considered for funding:
- Multiple year funding (unless additional funding sources are evident and the amount requested from the PTEF decreases substantially in the remaining years of the project).
- Teacher stipends.
- Teacher travel expenses.
- Substitute teacher pay.
- Student transportation.
- Snacks, meals, beverages, etc.
- Basic curriculum books or supplements without an innovative program.
- Funding of pre-existing project (unless project dimensions change significantly).
- Any equipment or durable items purchased with PTEF grant funds become the permanent property of the Pike Township School District and stay at the school to which the grant was awarded.
- Grant funds must be used within two semesters of being granted. Use of funds beyond this period requires approval of the PTEF Board.
- Grants with a technology component will require the review and signature of the school’s media specialist.
Upcoming Grant DeadlinesNot scheduled yet.
Pre-Application Grant Feedback
Do you have an idea for a grant and want to get some feedback from the PTEF before submitting a full grant application? Use the Grant Feedback Form below and tell us your idea. We’ll give you some feedback to help you write your grant.
The Pike Township Educational Foundation offers several grant-writing workshops before each grant cycle to help educators write and submit their grant applications.
Upcoming grant-writing workshops:Not scheduled yet.