Foundation for Belmont Education
How do I know if my idea qualifies for a FBE grant?
Making a difference in the lives of Belmont's children by enriching their educational
experience has been the Foundation for Belmont Education's goal since 1993.
Consider the impact of your idea: Does it benefit many students? Is it
a long-term project or a one-time program?
Collaboration with other teachers and administrators is welcome and encouraged!
You might review the list of grants approved in the past to get an idea of previously
Please contact the VP of Programs,
Kate Ascione, (firstname.lastname@example.org
), Steve Mazzola, Director
of Technology, (email@example.com
) or the appropriate Belmont Public School Curriculum Director to receive feedback about your ideas.
I’m not sure about my grant writing skills – are there any suggestions?
Here are some tips for writing a successful proposal:
What size grants are available?
- Brevity is appreciated, but be sure to answer all questions on the application and
provide any relevant supporting materials
- Address the number and type of students who will be affected
- Highlight how the proposed project will enrich the students' educational experience.
Clearly identify the need(s) to be met by the project and link it to the curriculum
- If applicable, discuss the program's reputation, experiences of others with the
program, if any, and any connection to existing school programs
- Complete the budget sheet carefully; this provides the FBE with critical information
and demonstrates your readiness to successfully implement the project. Clearly state
assumptions used to estimate costs. For larger grant requests, provide relevant
back-up documentation and price quotes where appropriate for major items. List any
additional funding sources.
- If applicable, explain how the project will be sustained beyond the grant period
(how any equipment or other asset purchased with FBE funds will be maintained, how
staffing and resources will be devoted to follow up)
The FBE supports grants of many sizes. 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. It is permissible to
resubmit grants to the FBE that have been denied for various reasons.
What if my idea has already been funded?
The FBE frequently accepts repeat grants, especially in cases where the repeated
grant builds on the original idea. If you are applying for a repeat grant, be sure
that your application form documents the outcome of the original grant and specific
benefits that have resulted from it.
What if my grant is not approved?
Grants may not be approved for a variety of reasons – the teaching philosophy is not
in line with the policies of the Belmont Public Schools; the benefits are not clearly
evident; the number of students impacted is low; the number of deserving applications
is high compared to the funds available in any one grant cycle, etc.
The FBE attempts to fund grants that serve a variety of purposes and populations,
so occasionally a grant may be rejected if several grant applications overlap in
subject or target recipient.
In some cases, the FBE may feel some parts of the rejected grant need to be reworked.
The Program Committee will suggest changes and encourage the applicant to apply
in the next grant cycle.
If I have questions about the grant application process, who do I contact?
Please contact: VP of Programs, Kate Ascione at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or contact the Program Committee
liaison for your school or subject area.