FAQ for DCS Staff Grants


When does the EFD review and approve grants?

We approve teacher-authored grants twice each year:

  • November (Fall Grant Cycle) - applications are due October 31.

  • April (Spring Grant Cycle) - applications are due March 31.


How quickly will funds become available after my grant is approved?

  • Fall Grant funds are available immediately and expire June 30th of the same school year.

  • Spring Grant funds can be submitted for reimbursement starting July 1st and expire June 30th of the following school year.


What is 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 EFD:

  • Core curriculum textbooks or supplies

  • Consumables (i.e. office 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

  • Nonspecific items (items a grant writer will determine at a later date)

  • Reimbursements for items already purchased.

  • Playground equipment must be approved by the District Office/Buildings & Grounds.


Does EFD fund teacher/staff training?

EFD does not accept the donor advised grant application for teacher/staff training.  Those grants need to be submitted to the district office.  


Who can I contact if I have any questions about EFD Grants?

Please contact EFD at grants@efdexter.org or contact the EFD teacher liaison Cassy Korinek at korinekc@dexterschools.org