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Grant Program Questions

Who is eligible?
All staff of USD 305 and the Salina Central Kansas Cooperative in Education (USD 305)

What is the program?
The 21st Century Advantage Grant Program is designed to offer funding for creative and innovative projects that address critical education needs. These grants will give funding for initiatives that are beyond the ability of the school district to provide through regular funding sources.

The Outside-the-Box Grant is designed to offer funding for projects that go beyond the traditional classroom setting. Up to $5,000 will be awarded.

When do I apply?
Typed applications for both grants are due March 1 of the academic year.

Awards for the 21st Century Advantage Grants will be announced by April 15 of same year. Purchase orders will be accepted immediately for processing beginning in July.

The award(s) for the Outside-the-Box Grant will be announced by April 15 of the same year.

Projects are to be implemented during the next academic year, and all grant monies must be spent by January of that year unless special arrangements have been made.

Do I need to fill out the USD 305 Request to Apply for Grant form?
No. The USD 305 Request to Apply for Grant form is not required when applying for any SEF Grant. If you are making dual applications to another funding source to help fund a larger project, you must fill out the USD 305 form before seeking additional grant funding.

How are enhancement grants awarded?
The Allocations Committee of the Salina Education Foundation reviews all applications.

The projects are evaluated on the benefits to and needs of students and staff. Approved projects may be funded in full or part based on the evaluation and availability of funds. All items received through the grant process are the property of USD 305 for the use of the teacher/staff person requesting the grant.

How are funded projects evaluated?
Grant recipients will be asked to complete an evaluation questionnaire which they will receive in March. Grant recipients are encouraged to include photographs or other documentation of their project whenever possible.

All project evaluations will be reviewed by the Foundation trustees.

The SEF will not fund hardware, furniture, or salaries.

The SEF funds only the request from the specific teacher applying for the grant.

In keeping with the original intent of the 21st Century Advantage Grant Program, the Salina Education Foundation will focus its resources on requests that go beyond supplying everyday classroom materials and equipment. Preference will be given to those projects that are project-based and which demonstrate creativity and innovation.