Since 1993, more than 5,100 families and businesses have made more than 24,000 gifts
to the FBE.
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The FBE has funded grants to educators in the Belmont Public Schools to implement
innovative programs and advanced technology that result in richer and deeper learning
experiences for students.
- More than $239,000 awarded during the 2014-2015 school year
- Over $2.8 million has been awarded in grants and assistance since 1993
- More than 594 projects have been financed
The FBE provides three avenues through which educators and administrators can seek
funding for enrichment programs, curriculum, professional development, and technology.
- Learning Excellence Grant Programs – For the 2015-16 academic year,
there will be one online application form for all requests for Learning Excellence Grants
and the $5,000 grant cap has been eliminated. Typically, smaller grant requests benefit a single classroom and larger
ones benefit a larger number of students or a grade/subject area. Funding is subject to
availability, as well as a comparison of other grants during the cycle. Based on funding,
partial grants may be awarded. There are two grant cycles each academic
year, one in the fall and one in the spring. A complete description of approved
grants can be found in the FBE Impact section.
- Special Initiatives – This program funds large-scale
projects that enhance the educational experience for the entire student body. Requests
come from the Superintendent’s office. Special Initiatives typically include small
capital projects, equipment purchases, facility improvements, and larger-scale curriculum
- Professional Development – The FBE is committed
to supporting teachers and staff with ongoing professional development. Each year
the BPS administration proposes a series of professional development initiatives,
whose value is integral to the ongoing training of teachers and staff. The goal
of professional development programs is to improve teachers' knowledge and understanding
of what constitutes quality instruction while linking improvements in teaching to
progress in student achievement.