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Educational Excellence Grants

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can apply?

    Any Montclair Public School staff member or representative of a school-based parent organization.

  • When can I apply?

    The 2022 application deadline is now extended to November 1st!

  • What is the maximum grant award?

    This year, the maximum grant award is $1000. MFEE awards partial funding in many cases.

  • What is expected of me if I am awarded a grant?

    At the end of the project, grantees complete an evaluation survey and supply MFEE with photos, student testimonials, or short videos to document the project.

Funding Guidelines

Minimum Criteria

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, the sustainability of the project and the extent to which the project presents a creative way to enhance grade level curricula and support current District goals. Staff are encourage to collaborate. Applications are accepted once a year and awards range from $90 to $1,000. The average grant size is approximately $700.

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

Check out some examples of innovation funded by MFEE Educational Excellence grants below: