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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).  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 by December 14, 2020 receive priority consideration; LOIs submitted after 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.


Do you have ideas?  Are you interested in learning more or joining with school community members to collaboratively develop a grant proposal?

Members of MFEE's Equity in Excellence Grants Review Committee will be available to explain MFEE’s vision for these grants, as well as answer questions. 

There will be a Q&A period followed by an opportunity to talk in smaller groups about ideas on a school-by-school basis. 

When: December 1st 7-8:15pm

Register by clicking here.