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Grants

Grant Programs

The 2020 grant cycle will open in January. Riverview School District teachers, staff, and administrators can submit grant requests for up to $5000 for innovative projects, equipment, programs, etc. in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STREAM). The grant application procedures are on our Grants page. The Grant Documents page will bring you to the application form, rubric, and forms required if your proposal is granted. Following are grant eligibility and guidelines. 

Grants Eligibility

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

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.

Grant Awards

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.

General Guidelines

Projects, equipment, facilities, initiatives, and/or 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, new facility costs, 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.

Funded activities may be undertaken over the summer and/or during the school year but may begin no earlier than the date specified on the application.

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.