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Grant Programs

21st Century Advantage Grant Program
The 21st Century Advantage Grant Program has long been the flagship of the SEF. Our faith in and support for the classroom teacher commits us to providing opportunities for them that not only enriches their students’ learning experiences but inspires them to think creatively. Retaining our great teachers by supporting their work is important to the SEF.

The 21st Century Advantage Grant program supports creative and innovative projects. The Allocations Committee meets in March and grant awards are announced by April 15 for the next academic year. All materials purchased with Foundation funds stay in the district so that teachers can use them in their classrooms for years to come. SEF grants are made possible because of tax-deductible contributions.
pdf form 21st Century Grant Application

Outside-the-Box Grant
The Outside-the-Box Grant rewards creativity aimed at expanding students’ understanding of their community and the world. An example of a funded grant is Jeff Platt’s South Middle “Five-Star Leaders: Crisis at Little Rock” grant. Every 8th grade student studies materials provided by the Eisenhower Library that explores democratic leadership, constitutional concepts, and the process of consensus-based decision making. They then travel to the Library where they role play historical figures, analye school desegregation issues, and participate in a mock news conference.

The Allocations Committee meets in March and grant awards are announced by April 15 for the next academic year.
pdf form Outside-the-Box Grant Application

Sudden Opportunity Grant
Sudden Opportunity Grants provide a quick way to make great projects happen. The grants are limited to $200 and must address a project or need that has come up suddenly, for which you cannot plan. If approved, the money to support the project will be granted immediately. Sudden Opportunity funds are limited and may not be available for the entire school year.

Teachers or staff may apply for a Sudden Opportunity Grant at any time by emailing the completed application form to Pam McIntyre, Executive Director, at pam.mcintyre@usd305.com.
pdf form Sudden Opportunty Grant Application