Teacher Grant Application
Foundation for Education (MFE) is a non-profit community foundation
chartered to fund innovative educational programs for Medway public
school children. The total amount of funds available for a given year
depends upon the success of MFE’s fundraising and investments. The
Foundation may allocate up to 75% percent of its assets each year for
provides guidelines to the Foundation’s annual grant process and a
copy of a grant application. By following the guidelines, procedures
and deadlines outlined in this packet, you will ensure that your
application receives proper consideration.
May 24, 2013 -
Closing date for grant applications. No applications will be
considered if received after May 28. Applications may be
sent or hand-delivered to the Superintendent’s Office by 4
June 4, 2013 -
Annual Grant Committee meets to determine which proposals
should be funded.
June 7, 2013 -
Awards announced and publicized
MFE Annual Grant Committee
Superintendent, Medway Public Schools
45 Holliston Street
Medway, MA 02053
What do MFE
Medway public school faculty and
administrators, parents, students, and community members may apply
for funding in support of enrichment projects that benefit Medway
public school students. MFE funds a broad range of projects,
from those that focus on traditional academic subjects, to others in
the visual and performing arts, and still others that promote
multi-cultural and community learning experiences.
Descriptions of recent grants from other town foundations may be
found on the MFE web site.
programs should enhance, but not duplicate, the standard public school
curriculum. We look for innovative, creative ideas that fall outside
the ordinary school budget, yet promise to augment the curricula in a
meaningful way. The Foundation encourages projects that demonstrate a
partnership between teachers, schools and disciplines. MFE grants do
not underwrite basic school needs. If you have questions about
whether your project would merit consideration by the MFE Annual Grant
Committee, feel free to contact Chairperson
Christine DeCristoforo (533-5877 -
) for clarification.
whether a project gets funded?
The MFE Annual
Grant Committee reviews grant applications each March. The Annual
Grant Committee is a diverse group, comprised of 10 members: six MFE
directors and four Medway public school educators (one each from
elementary, middle, and high school). In April, the Committee makes
funding recommendations to the MFE Board of Directors, which votes on
whether to approve these recommendations. The Grant Committee may
choose to offer partial funding at its discretion. The Foundation
encourages collaborative funding and invites applicants to seek
partial or additional funding from other sources.
What makes an
annual grant application successful?
The application must be complete and comply with
deadlines. It should include a clear, typed presentation of the
request on the appropriate forms. The application should be clearly
written and understood by non-educators. It must include all
The proposal should demonstrate creativity and innovation in
educational programming and target a significant number of Medway
The project may seed an initiative that could be later replicated in
other schools or grades or expanded as a large grant, promising to
benefit students in future years.
The proposal may be a collaborative effort between
educators, schools, parents or others to reach children in multiple
classrooms, grade levels or schools.
If the proposal includes a request for equipment funding, the
application should detail an educational program in which the
equipment would be used. Technological hardware requests need to be
pre-approved by Medway Schools’ Director of Media and Technology
The proposal should provide a plan for additional non-MFE funding, if
The applicants agree to account for and report on the project once
The proposal should not seek repeat funding for a previously approved
project or retroactive funding for an existing project.
The proposal should not seek funds for transportation or substitute