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MFEE supports innovation in the Montclair Public Schools through three grantmaking programs:

Apply for an Educational Excellence Grant  

The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) recognizes that Montclair Public School faculty are continuing to adapt to the virtual landscape and that many are identifying innovative resources to enhance their remote teaching. The fall 2020 Educational Excellence grants will fund proposals that:

  • boost and enliven remote learning
  • support collaborative, project-based remote learning
  • engage and support parents as learning partners
  • teach students time management and organizational skills to work more independently at home

The maximum grant awarded will be $500 and proposals may be partially funded. Teachers are encouraged to collaborate across grade levels and within the school building.

Apply for a Social and Emotional Grant

The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) recognizes that the need for Social and Emotional grants is even greater during remote learning, when stress levels are high and opportunities for social connection are limited. Fall 2020 Social and Emotional grants will be awarded to Montclair Public School faculty for projects that:

  • Foster connection among students and/or between teachers and students
  • Provide strategies for managing stress, expressing and navigating emotions, and increasing self-regulation 
  • Teach students the importance of helping others in their home, their community, or the greater world

The maximum grant awarded will be $500 and proposals may be partially funded.  Teachers are encouraged to collaborate across grade levels and within the school building.

Apply for a Greenwald Professional Development Grant

Greenwald Professional Development Grants are awarded to Montclair Public School faculty for professional development that strengthens their skills to improve student achievement. Priority will be given to proposals that support teachers with remote learning.  Awards range from $75 to $400. These grants are awarded in memory of beloved educator Marcia Greenwald.

Funding Guidelines

The 2020 Grant Application Deadline is October 2, 2020.

Minimum Criteria

For 2020, MFEE awards grants for innovative projects and professional development that will have a direct impact on the remote learning environment 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 Guidelines

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