Grant Application

One facet of the Rockford Education Foundation’s (REF) mission is to distribute financial and other resources to enhance or supplement educational opportunities for Rockford students and residents. Many factors are considered in reviewing grant applications, but the REF Board of Trustees will generally look more favorably upon grants that:

» Impact a large number of learners
» Are creative and innovative in nature
» Include items that can be used more than one year
» Are new start-up programs

Conversely, the REF Board of Trustees prefers not to approve grants involving (exceptions can be made at the discretion of the REF Board of Trustees):

» Consumable items such as food, t-shirts, prizes, subscriptions, batteries, etc.
» Substitute teachers
» Continuation of a previously approved program
» Furniture
» Transportation


Large & Mini Grants
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by 4:00pm

Founders’ Grant
Friday, April 13, 2018

Student Grants
Initiated by a student and accepted anytime during the school year until April 30, 2018.


An individual(s) may only apply for one (1) Mini Grant and/or Large Grant per award session (October/January). Please keep in mind that you are competing for grant money and we encourage you to put your best efforts into the application. Materials used to support your request are encouraged. Grants that are technology related must be submitted to the RPS technology department one week prior to the application due date.

Type of Grant

Mini Grant (Up to $500)Large Grant ($501-$5,000)Student Initiated Grant (Up to $300)

Application Information

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Specify Other Grade


Grant Information

All technology related requests must be emailed to the RPS Help Desk a minimum of one week before the REF Grant Application Form is due. All requests will be reviewed promptly for pre-approval for use with existing hardware and software in the district.

All grant requests must be approved by the building or department administration prior to submission.

Name of Approver

ex: PTO, personal funds, matching, etc...

In some cases, the REF trustees may award partial funding if there are not enough funds to grant all requests. Would you be willing to accept part of the funds requested?

Include an itemized budget for this project. Include item descriptions, quantity needed, and price each. Identify any other funding sources and any partial funding options.

Helpful hint: type your description in a separate document and use copy/paste to place it in the application form. The suggested word count is 250 words or less.

If you have additional printed material or information that you could not include above, you can upload it here.

Accepted file upload types: pdf, doc, jpg, gif, and png. NO docx allowed.

Accepted file upload types: pdf, doc, jpg, gif, and png. NO docx allowed.

Accepted file upload types: pdf, doc, jpg, gif, and png. NO docx allowed.

Where has this idea been used previously and is there research to support it? How does it impact district goals? Suggested word count is 250 words or less.

How will the success of this proposal be measured and reported back to REF and the community? Suggested word count is 250 words or less.

Grants Pertaining to Technology

Your technology related item, if granted, will be ordered by the technology department

Additional Comments

If you are experiencing trouble with this application form, please contact us for assistance at 863-6317 or use our online contact form.