REF fulfills its mission by awarding grants to teachers and schools in the district to support their educational projects, technology, facilities, tools, experiences and initiatives that are outside the scope of the District budget. To see what projects we have funded so far, please visit our Grant History page.
We are currently accepting grant requests for the 2019 grant cycle. The deadline to submit requests is Friday, March 15, 2019. Following is all the information you need to submit your proposal.
Submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or USPS to: Riverview Educational Foundation, PO Box 186, Oakmont, PA 15139.
Applications are accepted from:
• Individual RSD Teacher or School
• Group of RSD Teachers from the same or different Schools
• Group of RSD Schools
• RSD Central Administrator
The maximum grant amount for a single grant varies and was $5,000 during the last cycle.Individuals making application may only submit one grant per school year, although the lead applicant may serve on a second grant as a team member. Applicants may only request funding for projects which school or district resources are not available. Applicants may apply for renewal for up to two additional years to the original grant, but funding approval is not guaranteed.
To be considered for an award, grant applications must be submitted by the deadline. The size and number of awards granted each year is determined by the amount of funds available from the Riverview Educational Foundation.
Using a specific judging criteria, each application is reviewed by a committee which represents the Foundation. After reviewing the applications, the committee recommends to the Foundation Board of Directors that all, some or none of the available funds be awarded for a grant.
Deadlines and Notifications
Riverview Educational Foundation
PO Box 186
Oakmont, PA 15139
Projects, equipment, initiatives, technology may address any aspect of professional practice or subject area that enhances the District’s STREAM initiatives and may seek to develop and implement innovative teaching practices or pilot new approaches that reflect the latest educational thinking. They also may address pressing issues in education, such as differentiated instruction, technology in the classroom, or closing the achievement gap. Projects related to teaching practice should enhance, but not duplicate, the standard RSD curriculum and programs.
Funds may be used to pay costs such as equipment, stipends, consultants, guest lecturers, travel to professional meetings/research sites, books, tuition, subscriptions, duplicating, postage, and/or supplies directly related to the project.
The REF will not approve projects that should be funded more appropriately within the RSD budget. Thus, proposals should not request funds for textbooks, routine classroom supplies, and regular curriculum development. For example, we would not fund teacher planning time or training required to launch a new academic curriculum adopted by an individual school or the system as a whole. While we do consider funding coursework, we do not pay for additional fees for graduate credit or certification.
When funded activities may be undertaken will be announced when the grant cycle is announced.Funded activities may be undertaken over the summer and/or during the school year but may begin no
earlier than April 15, 2019.
Grant recipients must complete an outcome evaluation for their projects. This is a straightforward document, easy to complete and designed to help the REF in its future planning. The outcome evaluation must be submitted at the completion of the project and accompanied by written or visual materials, if applicable.
Writing Your Proposal
The grant application form is available here (or click the Grant Proposal Form button on the top left of this page). Please email your completed form to email@example.com or mail your application to REF, PO Box 186, Oakmont, PA 15139.