Grant Frequently Asked Questions
WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE? The grant application period is from October 2 through October 26.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR A GRANT? All Bethel staff.
WHEN WILL WE RECEIVE OUR FUNDS IF WE ARE AWARDED A GRANT? Grants will be awarded before Thanksgiving break, and grant money will be available immediately thereafter.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE CITY OF EUGENE GRANT DOLLARS? Think big! The City is providing $10,000 just for Bethel School District projects that support waste prevention and composting education. These funds will be broken into four $2,500 grants, but the BEF Board has the option of increasing the limit for larger projects depending on the amount of funding still available. The City will ask for a post-project summary report that includes the measurable educational outcomes from your project, the number of students involved in the project, and how students were involved. In short, they are seeking data to show how your project made a difference for Bethel students.
ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS AROUND TECHNOLOGY IF WE ARE SEEKING A GRANT FOR AN IPAD, LAPTOP, ETC? Yes, it is necessary to purchase an approved/adopted device from the list below in order for it to be managed by Bethel Technology Services (update it, track it or add apps to it remotely.) The Tech Department must purchase the devices and apps directly through its vendors so they can tie them to Bethel’s various client management systems. Third-party or consumer-based purchased devices or apps will not be supported by the Tech department. Please use the following list for estimating costs (please contact Technology Services for any specialty app or specific software pricing.)
- Bethel Standard Dell Laptop - $1,385 plus/minus 2%
- Bethel Standard (staff) Chromebook (J4, non-antimicrobial) $180 plus $28 Chrome management console license fee
- Bethel Standard (student) Chromebook (NL6, antimicrobial, webcam, built-in carry handle) $240 plus $28 Chrome management console license fee
- Bethel Standard Chromebook or iPad Anthro cart (holds up to 36 devices) $1,575 (includes shipping)
- Bethel Standard iPad (mini 4) $399 plus $25 for each protective case and $8 per device management licensing fee
DO WE HAVE TO SPEND OUR GRANT AWARD THIS SCHOOL YEAR? Yes, monies awarded must be used by May 4, 2018 or they will go back into the general grant fund. Due to District policy and procedure, the District audit does not allow for cash reimbursements.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A GRANT? You must apply electronically through the BEF website under the Grant tab. Click the link at the top of the page which will take you to the Grant Application Form.
CAN I APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE GRANT OPPORTUNITY? Yes, it is possible for an educator to be awarded more than one grant but there is a limit of two grants per teacher. NOTE: Multiple grant requests may not be combined to create a single large project over $1,500.
CAN TWO OR MORE PEOPLE APPLY FOR ONE GRANT? Yes, if two or more people want to work together on one grant and share the results that is fine. For BEF communication purposes one of the participants needs to be considered the principal or lead applicant.
DOES MY PRINCIPAL HAVE TO APPROVE MY GRANT BEFORE I SUBMIT IT? Individual school principals will have final veto power over grants. To avoid confusion, it is required that grant ideas are approved by principals before submission.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN YOU SAY THAT THE APPLICATIONS WILL BE "BLIND?" In blind reviews the evaluators do not know who has written the grant or what school they come from. Please do not include individual names or the name of your school or department in the grant description. Reviewers will be voting on the merit of the application alone. This is why well-written and compelling applications are important.
HOW DOES THE GRANT PROCESS WORK? HOW ARE THE DECISIONS MADE? Reviewers rate each grant according to the stated grant criteria. Ratings are tabulated and grants are then ranked. Grants are then awarded based upon the monies available for use.
WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE ME FOR WRITING A "WINNING" APPLICATION? Because the grant reviewers are not professional educators, it is best that acronyms and specialized language or procedures be explained in laypersons’ terms. A simple, but well thought out appeal is best. It should address the evaluation criteria listed at the start in the Grant Details section. Our reviewers appreciate proposals that enrich the educational experience of Bethel students, but are possible within the existing framework that already exists within the various building and personnel limitations. Let them know that you have done your homework and that what you are proposing is really possible with the current technological and personnel limitations. Wording is important. Let the reviewers feel your passion for your proposed project and the impact that it will have on your students and in your school.
I ENTER EVERY YEAR AND NEVER GET AWARDED A GRANT. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? Our reviewers score the applications using the evaluation criteria. Keep the evaluation criteria in mind while writing your grant. Our reviewers have to make difficult choices—there is never enough money to go around—so help them to understand the impact the money will make to your classroom or your students.
WILL EACH SCHOOL RECEIVE A GRANT? Because the process is blind, the best written grants will be the ones that get funded. There is no requirement that each school receives at least one grant. However, the more submission from a school increases the likelihood that the school will receive a BEF grant.
The 2017–18 Bethel Education Foundation Grant submission period is from October 2 through October 26.
The Bethel Education Foundation is sponsoring grants ranging up to $1,500 which will be judged by the following criteria;
- Enhance the quality of a student’s educational experience
- Lend direct and immediate support to instructional activities and services
- Innovative approaches to learning
- Probability of effectiveness in helping students
- Feasibility of accomplishing the project
- Clarity/Quality of application (spelling, grammar, concise)
Merit: The grant review process will be blind; reviewers will not know what school an application comes from so that submissions can be judged on merit alone. Please DO NOT mention individual names or your school by name within the grant description sections.
Principal Approval: Individual school principals will have final veto power over grants. It is required that grant ideas are approved by principals before submission.
Timeline: Applications are being accepted from Monday, October 2 through Thursday, October 26 and grants will be awarded before Thanksgiving break.
Required: Compulsory information on the grant application includes:
- A brief description of the project
- An indication of why this project is important for the education of Bethel students
- Approximate budget for the project
- Number of students to be served by your proposal
- Indication of how this project will be evaluated for success
Tech: There are specific requirements around technology for those seeking grants for laptops, iPads, etc. Check the FAQs on the BEF Grant website for important details.
Notes: Monies must be used by May 4, 2017 or they will be returned to the general grant fund to be awarded in the next grant cycle.
Specific Funds: Additional funds have been awarded to the Bethel Education Foundation from the City of Eugene for proposals that support waste prevention and composting education, and from private entities to encourage literacy. These funds will be available during the 2017-18 grant process, therefore projects promoting waste prevention, composting education, and literacy are encouraged for this additional funding opportunity.
We look forward to learning how you will enhance the education of Bethel students in your classroom.
Since 2009 the BEF has awarded more than $160,000 for innovative, engaging and effective programs that enhance the quality of education for students in Bethel School District. Congratulations to the 2016-17 BEF Grant Winners listed below.
Windy Leona, Malabon
Leslie Hyland, Malabon
Charissa Nelson, Malabon
Candice Rusher, Cascade
Gabby Calkins, Cascade
Christina Boorman, Cascade
Patrick Sinnott, Willamette
Devon Vendetti, Willamette
Cody Gulewich, Willamette
Amber Plaunty, Willamette
Paul Stieber, Willamette
Joy Hatch, Willamette
Zachary Lauritzen, Willamette
Mike Hodgert, Willamette
Gayle Stephensen, Willamette
Karen Ferguson, Irving
Debbi Holte, Irving
Erin Moss, Irving
Janay Stroup, Kalapuya
Rich Dambrov, Kalapuya
Cal Taylor, Kalapuya
Bruce Weinberg, Kalapuya
Christina Cox, Clear Lake
Amanda Forester, Clear Lake
Jennifer Reiss, Clear Lake
Lara Castillo, Fairfield
Roni Borja, Meadow View
Lynda Hardwick, Meadow View
Eric Wright, Meadow View
Rose Peck, Meadow View
Jessika Smith, Prairie Mountain
Jenifer Gerlach, Prairie Mountain
Amanda Zacharek, Prairie Mountain
Rachel Hsieh, Prairie Mountain
Maureen Clark, Prairie Mountain
Debi Bostwick, Prairie Mountain
Marty Greydanus, Shasta