RCPS teachers and staff members write proposals for REFI funds to enhance educational experiences for our students. Grant funds assist in making the additional field trip or experience possible. Books, materials and equipment may be needed to do a better job in conducting a unit to increase and enhance the experience for students. Over $55,000 was distributed to classrooms in Rockingham County Public Schools during 2018-2019. Funds for REFI Educational Grants are raised annually from the "Chip-In" for Quality Schools Golf Classic and from donors like you. Contact the REFI office for additional information or to make a contribution that makes a difference in the lives of children in our community.
New for the 2019-2020 school year Innovative Learning Grants (ILG) ask educators to provide a learning experience that actively engages students, stimulates and motivates students to achieve academic excellence, aligns to academic standards, and can be replicated at other schools.
The ILG supports innovative and creative approaches to education in support of the learning goals for Rockingham County Public School by helping all learners to become Critical Thinkers, Communicators, Collaborators, Creators and Good Citizens (5 C’s). All RCPS employees are eligible to apply. It is permissible to apply for grants previously funded, especially if those projects can be improved upon or enhanced by additional funding. ILG applications will be evaluated on several criteria, including the extent to which the project enriches the educational experience, challenges students, shows creativity and innovation, has realistic objectives, and reaches a significant number of students.
Timeline: September 10, 2019 Fall Grant application available September 25, 2019 Grant Writing Workshop: 3:45-5pm, Central Office- Hulvey Computer Lab October 17, 2019 Fall Grant application due October 24, 2019 REFI Board review and selection
Requirements: Abstract: provide a brief description of your proposal that does NOT include your school name; summarize the plan you propose, and the challenge it addresses (50 word max typed into online application)
Project Title & Description: Description of the results you hope to achieve. (300 word max typed into online application)
Outcome and measures: Briefly explain the desired outcomes and if you have a plan to measure the outcomes
Submission Type: ILG Award amounts will vary based on the type of submission Collaboration- up to $5,000 A maximum amount of $5,000 will be awarded to a school that is partnering with an additional school(s) in RCPS. This can be 2-3 elementary schools, an elementary school, and middle school, middle and high school, etc.
School-wide- up to $3,000 A maximum amount of $3,000 will be awarded to an entire school that is working together on an Innovative Learning Grant.
Community Partner- up to $2,000 A maximum amount of $2,000 will be awarded to an individual who is receiving substantial support from an identified community partner (financial, in-kind, collaboration, volunteerism, etc.).
Individual- $100-$1,000 Requests between $100 and $1,000 will be awarded to an individual(s) submitting an acceptable Innovative Learning Grant.
Budget (Attachment #1): ILG Award amounts will vary based on the type of submission. Individuals may apply for no more than two grants. Budget items may include but are not limited to instructional materials/supplies, software, admission fees, transportation costs, recognition, guest speakers/presentation fees; teacher/staff development, etc. Projects proposing matching funds from other sources require that information to be communicated. Funding will NOT be provided for the following:
Food in classrooms for parties, rewards, or students in need
Technology devices already provided by RCPS
Leadership and Signatures (Attachment #2): Designate ONE project coordinator as the primary contact to whom all communication will be directed. This person will be the grant representative to see that donor recognition is implemented, and that REFI is supported throughout the process. List additional team members if applicable. The project coordinator and principal/supervisor are required to sign the proposal. All applications originating from a school must have the principal’s signature. If you are collaborating with another school(s), all principals must sign the application. The signature page can be found by clicking the button "Signature Page" below:
What Evaluators are looking for in your application: (2,3 & 4 will count towards 75% of the evaluation)
Project title and abstract • Does the title clearly match the description? • Has the applicant briefly described the project in the abstract?
Narrative (project description) • Does the project provide a learning experience/opportunity that students would otherwise not receive? • Is the project high impact, involving a lot of students, or one that could be duplicated across the district so that it would impact a greater number of students? • Does the applicant explain how the project enhances the current curriculum? • Does the applicant explain how the project meets school division learning objectives (5 C’s)? • How many disciplines are used in the project? Does the applicant describe how the project will impact the different disciplines? • Does the project sound like an engaging learning experience? • Has the submission type been identified? (Collaboration, School-wide, Community Partner, or Individual).
Outcome and measures • Does the applicant explain the outcomes? • Does the applicant have a plan to measure the outcomes? • Are the outcomes realistic?
Itemized budget • Has the applicant provided an itemized budget as requested? • Are the expenses reasonable and accurate? • Is there an expense that is included that could be found in the Teacher Supply Depot?
Timeline • Is the timeline reasonable? • Has the applicant planned an adequate introduction and follow-up for the project?
Funding will NOT be provided for the following: -Food in classrooms for parties, rewards, or students in need -T-shirts -Technology devices already provided by RCPS
Please note: Remember to save your work in your application. If you need to exit the program to obtain additional documentation, there is a gray "save" button at the bottom left-hand side of the application. If you have any problems with the application, please contact Katie LaPira at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (540) 564-3218.