Monday, November 28, 2016 - 1:00pm

Are you dreaming of an idea to enhance your school or improve learning for students but aren’t sure how to fund it?

The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools (FMPS) and the William T. Evjue Foundation want to help you turn your idea into a reality by providing up to $25,000 in funding. Every year for the last fifteen years, FMPS has awarded grants to fund creative and innovative programs that are not otherwise supported through the core school/district budget. The Foundation for the Future grants are available to all district staff and are awarded to promising programs in hopes that they will remain sustainable for years to come and be replicated at other schools.

The 2017-2018 Foundation for the Future Grants has three categories: Collaborative, Staff and Encore. Collaborative grants will range from $10,000-$25,000 each and ideally involve an entire school, multiple schools, multiple departments/grade levels within a school, or community partners. Staff grants will not exceed $10,000 and do not need to demonstrate collaboration with other schools, departments, grades, or community partners. Encore grants will not exceed $12,000 and will replicate successful grants, projects or initiatives from a different school. FMPS has partnered with the William T. Evjue Foundation to provide additional funding for more projects, and we are excited to continue that tradition this year!

The Foundation for the Future Grants allow educators to implement creative programs they feel are in their students’ best interest, giving them the tools they need for success. Applications are available now on the Foundation’s website for 2017-18. Applications are due by January 17, and while the grant application isn’t extremely rigorous, you shouldn’t delay.  You can also find more information on the Foundation’s website including the scoring guide used by the committee to evaluate grants, and a list of past grants FMPS has funded.

Questions? Melinda Heinritz, FMPS Executive Director, mheinritz@fmps.org or 232-7820

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