What types of things are not historically funded by the EFD?
Although every grant is reviewed based on the benefits and opportunities it will provide our students, there are several items that have not historically been funded by the EFD:
- Core curriculum staff salaries
- Core curriculum textbooks or supplies
- Consumables (i.e. offices supplies, paper, markers, etc.)
- Transportation costs
- Gifts or rewards for volunteers (i.e. pizza lunch for parent volunteers)
- Technology that falls under the district’s Technology Bond
- Supplies, technology, or equipment that should be provided by the district per a student’s IEP
- Structural repairs or improvements to buildings
When does the EFD review and approve grants?
We approve grants twice each year:
- November (Fall)
- April (Spring)
What is the difference between Student Program and Donor Advised grant?
Student Program grants are those that provide direct benefit for students. The EFD’s fundraising efforts are primarily focused on increasing the funds available for Student Program grants. These grants are reviewed and approved by the EFD Board.
Donor Advised grants are those which provide a benefit directly to DCS staff through training and advanced education. All Donor Advised grants are funded through an endowment provided by an anonymous donor. The EFD Board does not review the Donor Advised grants; approval of these grants is given solely by the anonymous donor.
How quickly will funds become available after my grant is approved?
We will meet to review and approved grants at our scheduled monthly Board Meeting as outlined on the Grant Application Form. All applicants will be notified of the Board’s decisions within 3 days of that meeting.
If your grant is approved, the funds are immediately available for you to request.
Will the EFD consider off-cycle grant applications?
Although we prefer to receive grant applications during the Fall and Spring grant cycles, we will consider applications for opportunities that arise and must be considered off-cycle due to program deadlines.
How can I support the EFD?
One of our biggest challenges is spreading the awareness of the EFD and the programs we support throughout the community. We need your help!
- Include our logo and the fact the your grant was funded by the EFD in announcements to your parents
- Affix labels to any physical items (i.e. calculators, tools, reference materials, sensory equipment, etc.) indicating that items were supplied with funds from the EFD
- Provide photos, quotes, and testimonials that we can use to promote our efforts and your programs to the community and potential donors
Who can I contact if I have any questions about the EFD?
Each building has a Building Liaison, conveniently available to answer questions or concerns you may have. You may also contact any Board Member – especially those directly involved with our Grants process – with your questions or concerns.
2015 – 2016 BUILDING LIAISONS
|Mill Creek||John Sperendi|
SELECT EFD BOARD MEMBERS
|Grants Committee||Sheetal Kothari, Heidi Patel and Maureen Tyler|
|Teacher Liaison||Cassy Korinek|