Grants

Supporting Ideas and Initiatives
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Who can apply for a grant?

Anyone who represents a public, parochial or other non-profit education-focused organization in the Rockford community (i.e. teachers, staff, students, parents, community members).

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What are the criteria?

Our grants are intended to impact as many learners as possible over a multi-year horizon. Grants are to be used to fund a wide spectrum of educational needs from basic to innovative with a bias towards innovation for School Year Large and Founders' grants. Funding will generally not be approved for grants that have the following characteristics: Consumable items; Gift cards or other cash-like instruments; Items to be included in upcoming bond issues; Reimbursement of purchases already made; Items that will be used to profit personally or used in a for-profit manner.

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What are the award amounts for REF grants?

School Year Small Grant (up to $1,000)

  • Fall due 10/1/18
  • Winter due 1/21/19

School Year Large Grant ($1,001-$5,000)

  • Fall due 10/1/18
  • Winter due 1/21/19

Student Initiated Grants (up to $500)

  • Apply anytime 8/27/18 - 4/30/19

Founders' Grant ($10,000-$25,000)

  • Due 3/4/19

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

– Benjamin Franklin