MFEE supports innovation in the Montclair Public Schools in 3 grantmaking programs:
- Educational Excellence Grants: MFEE awards grants to Montclair Public School faculty and staff for innovative projects that will have a direct impact in the classroom. Proposals are evaluated on the quality of the application, demonstrated need for the project, and the extent to which the project presents a creative way to enhance grade level curricula and support current District goals. Applications are accepted once a year and awards range from $90 - $1,000. The average grant size is approximately $700. MFEE awards partial funding in many cases.
- Turner Social and Emotional Learning Grants: Turner Social and Emotional Learning Grants are awarded to Montclair Public School faculty for projects that enhance students' social and emotional competencies, including their ability to manage emotions, develop positive relationships, and show empathy for others. Applications Are accepted once a year and awards range from $175 to $1,000. These grants are funded by The Turner Family Foundation.
- Greenwald Professional Development Grants: Greenwald Professional Development Grants are awarded to Montclair Public School faculty for activities that strengthen their skills to improve student achievement. Applications are accepted twice a year and awards range from $75 to $600. These grants are awarded in memory of beloved educator Marcia Greenwald.
MFEE awards grants for innovative projects and professional development that will have a direct impact in the classroom or school. Proposals are evaluated on the quality of the application, demonstrated need for the project, and the extent to which the proposal presents a creative way to enhance grade level curricula and support current District goals.
Technology-related items are reviewed with the District Technology Coordinator. Technology requests must be directly tied to curricular objectives.
Items MFEE Does Not Fund
- Class trips or school-wide assemblies.
- Snacks or food to be served during the project.
- Substitute teachers.
- Teacher stipends to enable participation in the project unless the program requires a significant time commitment outside of normal school hours.
- Consumable, one-time-use items, such as tshirts.
- Travel, lodging, materials, and other expenses.*
- Courses required in order to obtain an advanced degree.*
- Programs occurring during the school day and/or that require the hiring of a substitute teacher.*
- Renewal grants for annually occurring workshops/conferences are not encouraged.*
*Pertain to Greenwald Professional Development Grants