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Excellence in Equity Grants

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can apply?

    A collaboratively-shaped group of Montclair educational stakeholders, including (but not limited to): administrators, teachers, parents, and students (where applicable).

  • When can I apply?

    Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. Applications are open as of October 16, 2020.

  • What is the first step to apply?

    The first step in the application process is to submit online a short Letter of Intent (LOI). This is our way of getting to know a bit about the issue that you’ve identified at your school and your idea for addressing it. We begin accepting LOIs, on a rolling basis,

  • What is the maximum grant award?

    Each elementary and middle school will be awarded a total of $10,000 in funds; MHS will be awarded $50,000. Proposals can range in amount, but cannot exceed the maximum amount allocated for each school.

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

    At the end of the project, grantees complete an evaluation survey and present an update to the MFEE Board of Directors. Additionally, successful applicants will be asked to supply MFEE with photos, student testimonials, or short videos to document the project.

Funding Guidelines

Minimum Criteria

We at the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) believe strongly that without racial and socio-economic equity, there cannot be educational excellence. We also believe that Montclair is well-positioned to address the inequities that lead to a persistent opportunity gap amongst our students.  Montclairians have the creativity, thoughtfulness, and will to make big changes, and MFEE is honored to provide the resources to support these changes in all 11 schools.

MFEE will award one-time significant grants - the Excellence in Equity Grants -  to each of the Montclair Public Schools to address issues of racial and socio-economic inequity. Proposals will be evaluated on the quality of the project, demonstrated need for the project, and demonstrated buy-in across a wide swath of the school community.  Applications must be collaboratively-shaped by a diverse group of school stakeholders, including (but not limited to) teachers, administrators, parents, and students (where applicable).

It is anticipated that each elementary and middle school will receive up to $10,000 and that the high school, since it serves all of our public school students, will receive up to $50,000 in grant money.

The first step in the application process is to submit a short online Letter of Intent (LOI) before November 16, 2020.  This is our way of getting to know a bit about the issue that you’ve identified at your school and your idea for addressing it.  LOIs submitted after the November deadline will be considered as grant funding permits.  Successful LOI applicants will be asked to complete a full proposal with a decision being made within about three weeks of submission.

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