Grant Application Information

Grants to a Teacher

Encourages teachers to develop specific and innovative instructional programs that stimulate thought and advance new approaches to teaching in all curriculum areas Pre K through Grade 12.

Types of Grants: The following grants are provided through Education Foundation funding.

  • Grant to Teacher*: Up to $1000 for individual grant. These grants encourage teachers to develop specific and innovative instructional programs that stimulate thought and advance new approaches to teaching in all curriculum areas Pre K through grade 12. Campuses are not limited in the number awarded. Only one grant awarded per Project Chairperson.
  • School Site Grant*: Up to $10,000. These grants allow the staff at each campus to identify and address needs, challenges, and concerns unique to the campus to enhance student learning. If more than one school site grant is submitted by an individual campus, the total of all site grants awarded to the campus will not exceed $10,000. Only one site grant awarded per Project Chairperson.
  • Cross-Campus Team Grant*: Up to $10,000. These grants allow staff member(s) at more than one school site to submit a team grant. This applies to staff with common assignments, needs, and goals who meet and plan together but who report to different campuses/principals. If more than one grant is submitted by a cross-campus team, the total of awarded site grants to that team will not exceed $10,000. A project chairperson must be identified. Grant sign off would come from the administrative supervisor of this group.
  • Carolyn Hunt Memorial Celebrate the Arts Grant to Teacher*: Up to $1000 for individual grant. Grant may be awarded to any CHISD teacher who wishes to incorporate a visual or performing arts program into the curriculum for any classroom subject.
  • Carolyn Hunt Memorial Celebrate the Arts Professional Enrichment Grant: Up to $1500 for individual grant. Grant may be awarded to any CHISD teacher with three years teaching experience in the district who wishes to enhance his/her instruction in the teaching of visual or performing arts, or to use visual or performing arts in the teaching of another subject through attendance at a professional educational activity, class, seminar, or workshop. Funds may be requested for travel expenses, fees, or other costs associated with the professional enrichment activity.

*The same application form is used for these grants.

Application Deadline: 4:00 PM on the second Tuesday of February. If the deadline falls on a holiday, the grant application must be received by 4:00 PM the following school day. (Application Deadline for 2013 Fall Bonus Grant Cycle:  4:00pm on Tuesday, October 1.)

Notification of Recipients: Recipients will be notified approximately 90 days following the application deadline for implementation the following school year.

Date for Awarding Funds: Funds for approved applications are payable the first business day of August. Funds will be deposited in the appropriate account on the home campus of each recipient or project chairperson.  Slight change in starting date is negotiable, based on unique needs of the project. Recipients must adhere to all CHISD guidelines.

Applicant Eligibility: Grants are limited to Cedar Hill ISD established curriculum framework for professional personnel working directly with children. Volunteer-based and non-academic extracurricular activities are excluded. Applicants may apply individually or as a grade-level, subject-matter, or cross-campus team. In the case of team-based proposals, a project chairperson must be designated to assume overall administrative responsibility for the project. All related correspondence will be directed to that individual.

Length of Project: The projects/grants are funded for one school year. Any unexpended funds will revert to the Cedar Hill ISD Education Foundation at the conclusion of the school year for which the grant is funded.

Eligible Projects: All grants must identify and address needs, challenges and concerns unique to the respective school campuses. The identified areas must reflect the mission, statement of philosophy or campus improvement plans. Funds may not replace normal funding from tax-based sources. Grants will not cover incentives or rewards, honorariums, or travel (except in the Celebrate the Arts grant allowing travel to a professional training activity).

Application Review: Applications shall be competitively reviewed by the Programs Grant Review Committee which is a committee of the CHISD Education Foundation. All applications will be number-coded and no one on the committee will be aware of the campuses the grant is coming from. Accordingly, specific reference to the campuses should be limited to information on the cover page. Before review, the Cedar Hill ISD Curriculum and Instruction Department will screen the applications for the express purpose of assuring compliance with District Guidelines, not for the selection of recipients. The Programs Grant Review Committee will submit recommendations of awards to the Education Foundation board. Decisions of the Board are final. All grant applicants will receive a response.

Grant Summary: A summary report, with the receipt of expenditures, is due by the end of the school year in which the grant is implemented. Products purchased with grant funds become the property of the District, not the individual or team. Failure to provide a complete Grant Summary by the first Tuesday in May of the grant year will result in repayment of all expenditures to the Foundation from campus funds.

Process Steps for Teachers:

  • Grant applications are due to the Foundation office second Tuesday in February by 4PM. If the deadline falls on a holiday, the grant application must be received by 4:00 PM the following school day. (Application Deadline for 2013 Fall Bonus Grant Cycle:  4:00pm on Tuesday, October 1.)
  • Volunteer-based and non-academic extracurricular activities are excluded.
  • It is recommended that grant proposals be turned in to the principal or administrative supervisor for review at least one week prior to the deadline.
  • Once the grant has been approved by the principal or administrative supervisor, the teacher/project chairperson must make three copies and forward to the Education Foundation office by the stated deadline.
  • Grant winners are announced within 90 days following the deadline.
  • If the grant is awarded, it is suggested that the recipient prepare purchase orders and submit these to the CHISD Administration prior to the end of the current school year.
  • Funds are available the following fall. At the beginning of the school year, the grant winner should check with the district business office to obtain the awarded funds. (Funds for the 2013 Fall Bonus Grant Cycle will be available in November as soon as they are announced.  The grant winner should process purchase orders through normal channels of the business office to obtain the awarded funds.)
  • All project funds must be spent by February 15th of the following school year unless approved by the Programs Committee. (All project funds for the 2013 Fall Bonus Grant Cycle must be spent by April 2014.)
  • The grant summary is due to the Education Foundation office by 4PM the first Tuesday in May of the school year in which the grant is implemented.

Process Steps for Principals/Administrative Supervisors:

  • Principal or administrative supervisor will review grant applications (see application checklist) and sign checklist and application form.
  • At the start of the new school year, if a grant winner has left the district or is unable to utilize the grant for other reasons, the campus principal or administrative supervisor is responsible for advising the Foundation by October 15 of the name of the new individual responsible for the grant implementation.

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