2012-2013 Vermont-NEA Mini-Grant Proposals
Vermont-NEA is proud to provide mini-grants to promote the creation and development of new and innovative ideas to improve student learning through projects focused on one of the following areas:
- Student Achievement ( Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment)
- Association Member Well-Being (School Environment)
- Active Membership (Effective Communications)
- Public Support (Community Connections)
For detailed information about these four areas refer to Vermont NEA's Purposes and Priorities document. (www.vtnea.org)
We invite you to submit your application for grants up to $500. Proposals are screened and grants are awarded twice in a school year.
- First cycle: October 15, 2012 with notification by December 1, 2012.
- Second cycle: February 15, 2013 with notification by April 1, 2013.
1. You must be a Vermont-NEA member to apply for the mini- grant, to receive the funds, and during implementation of the project. If your project is a team effort, you must all be and remain members of Vermont-NEA. These mini-grants are available to all Vermont-NEA members - teachers and education support professionals.
2. Write your proposal following the proposal outline.
- a. Complete the application form in its entirety. Print proposal cover sheet & mail to-
10 Wheelock Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
- b. All applications must be completed on line.
- c. The local association president must sign the application.
3. The deadline for application is October 15, 2012 for the first cycle of grants and February 15, 2013 for the second cycle of grants. All proposals must be received by Vermont-NEA no later than 4:00 PM on October 15th 2012 for the first cycle of grants and February 15, 2013 for the second cycle of grants.
4. A final evaluation report must be submitted within 30 days of the project's completion.
5. Winners will be required to submit a description of the project in report form. (This report may be published in Vermont-NEA publications.)
All proposals must include the following:
- Brief Project Description: Explain the purpose and the anticipated outcomes of the project.
- Needs Statement: Explain why the project is needed. What is your goal?
- Objectives: Be sure your objectives are specific and are measurable and achievable. Your stated objectives should be directly related to the needs statement.
- Activities: Be sure your activities are tied to your objectives. Be specific.
- Evaluation: A Must! State how each objective will be measured. How will you determine the success of your project?
- Budget: Estimate your expenditures. Be as specific as possible.
The following criteria, where applicable, will be used during the selection process:
- a. Impacts student learning
- b. Addresses student/school/community needs
- c. Is creative and innovative
- d. States measurable, achievable goals
- e. Describes activities that are directly related to the objectives
- f. Evaluation is clear and concise
- g. Budget is realistic and appropriate
- h. Description summarizes the proposal
Grant Application Process
All grant applications must be submitted online to be eligible for consideration for an award. You may logon and work on your grant application as many times as your need for as long as you need. When all of the questions have been answered, you may request a signature page. Once the signature page has been requested the application will be considered final and no further changes can be made.
- Step 1. Register for the grant.
- Setp 2. Create a logon and password.
- Step 3. Complete the grant application
- Step 4. Print the signature page and mail to Vermont NEA
If you have previously registered for any Vermont NEA Professional Development workshops through this website and created a logon and password, then you may simply logon using your existing logon and password to begin the application process.