School Year & Student Grants
REF’s mission is to provide funding for educational opportunities, both basic and innovative, in the Rockford community. Some of this funding each year is through our School Year Small & Large Grant and Student Grant programs.
» These grants are intended to impact as many learners as possible over a multi-year horizon.
» Large Grants ($1,001-$5,000) that are innovative in nature or intended to fund new, pilot programs that, if successful could be implemented more broadly, will be looked upon favorably. In addition to the online application, Large Grants require a 5-10 minute presentation or video submission to the REF Board of Trustees.
» These grants are one-time in nature and must be fully funded by April 15th of the same academic year.
» An individual may apply for one (1) School Year Grant per cycle (October/January). A student may apply for one (1) Student Grant per school year. However, an individual may be listed on another grant application as part of a group.
» Student Grant requests must be initiated by the student(s). Requests clearly conceived by or written by a parent, teacher, or administrator will generally not be considered.
» Applications that have the following characteristics generally will not be approved: Requests for Consumable items; Gift cards or other cash-like instruments; Items to be included in upcoming bond issues; Reimbursement of purchases already made; and, Items that will be used to profit personally or used in a for-profit manner.
Application Tips & Tricks:
» All School Year and Student Grant applications are required to be submitted online using the form below.
» There is currently no capacity to save the application ‘in-process’. It must be completed and submitted in one session. We recommend saving your narrative responses in a separate document and copying them into the online application form.
» Up to three (3) files of supporting documentation may be attached to your application. There are five (5) acceptable file formats that may be uploaded: pdf, doc, jpg, gif, and png. Trying to attach a docx or other non-acceptable file format will result in your application not successfully reaching REF. This is the most common error encountered in the application process.
» You will receive a confirmation email and copy of your application after you click Submit. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact us for assistance at 863-6317 or use the online contact form found at the very bottom of this page.
GRANT DEADLINES FOR 2019-2020
Monday, October 7, 2019, 5:00 pm
Winter School Year Applications Due
Monday, January 20, 2020, 5:00 pm
Founders’ Applications Due
Monday, March 30, 2020, 5:00 pm
Student Grants accepted until April 15, 2020