Teacher/School Grant Applications
The Downingtown Community Education Foundation (Foundation) was founded to identify, promote, and support innovative educational initiatives for the students in the Downingtown Area School District (DASD) and to expand and enrich public education. As of January 2021 over $165,000 has been awarded to teachers with innovative ideas to support learning in DASD. We want yours to be the next! If you would like additional insights and assistance in completing your grant application, please contact Jeff Singleton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ELIGIBLE PROPOSALS: Programs, projects, services and/or other activities that emphasize new approaches to teaching. Competitive projects will be imaginative and innovative. (Ineligible requests include standard school supplies and equipment, field trips, other standard curriculum items, or replication/duplication of prior grants. DCEF grants will not fund salaries of teachers, administrators, or personnel)
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Teachers, administrators and other school personnel of DASD.
EVALUATION & SELECTION CRITERIA: Applicants will be reviewed on a competitive basis and scored based on the answers to the application's questions.
In addition to our Innovation Grants, there are two additional grant opportunities:The James Lee and Annanette Harper Family Foundation has gifted DCEF with $10,000 to be awarded for grants for projects in the area of Arts, Culture and Humanities. Using form, sound, color, language and movement, artists help us interpret the past, understand the present and envision a better future. We are looking for grant requests from teachers that help students, particularly the invisible students, feel empowered over their own lives - forming creative, independent, productive citizens of the world. We encourage teachers from different disciplines to collaborate to submit projects.
Jeff Singleton, long time DASD educator and recently retired, with his wife Priscilla has gifted DCEF with $10,000 and established the Emily Singleton Fund in memory of his daughter. Emily was best known around the District for her music and theater gifts but she was a tireless organizer for international relief efforts as well. She was cofounder of "Generation for Africa", a DASD student organization devoted to ending the conscription of child soldiers in Africa. We are looking for grant applications that focus on Service Learning - Local and Global.
Please complete the DCEF Grant Application The Grants Committee will respond once they have received the completed application.
Upcoming deadlines for 2021-22 grants are Oct 29, 2021 and April 29, 2022
Teacher Venture Grant Recipients
|2020-21||MC6||Increasing Food Security||$1,550|
|2020-21||BC||Growing with Grit - Outdoor Classroom||$2,978|
|2020-21||PV||Mobile Book club||$5,000|
|2019-20||DHS-West & East; DMS & LMS||Free Reading in World Languages Classrooms||$880|
|2019-20||DHS - West||Virtual Reality @Your Library||$5,652|
|2019-20||DMS||Data Collection with iPads||$2,373|
|2019-20||Marsh Creek 6th Grade Center||School Garden Compost Bin||$212|
|2019-20||West Bradford/DHS-West||Artist in Residence Collaborative Sculpture||$4,495|
|2019-20||Bradford Heights||Social & Emotional Learning||$1,300|
|2019-20||DHS-West||Coral Reef Tank||$4,700|
|2019-20||DMS||Artists chairs for Social Change||$1,540|
|2017-18||Marsh Creek 6th Grade Center||expand the community raised bed garden||$1,000|
|2017-18||DHS-East, West , STEM||NASA Student Launch Initiative - outreach rocket programs for younger students||$1,000|
|2016-17||all 10 elementary schools||Finch & Hummingbird robot kits to support new I Design initiative in elementary curriculum||$14,000|
|2016-17||East Ward||community playground - tech component||$5,000|
|2016-17||Bradford Heights||Hydroponic Growing System||$1,300|
|2016-17||Brandywine Wallace||Increasing Engagement & Learning with OSMO||$1,048|
|2016-17||Shamona Creek||Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Activities & Programs||$1,000|
|2016-17||DHS-East, West , STEM||Chris Herron Project - motivational speaker for HS students & community regarding healthy lifestyle choices||$2,500|
|2015-16||Bradford Heights||Home visit program for incoming Kdgs||$2,200|
|2015-16||Beaver Creek||Alternative desks/workstations for 1st & 5th graders - pilot program||$4,900|
|2015-16||Uwchlan Hills||Circuit kits to supplement 2nd grade electricity unit||$1,800|
|2015-16||DHS-East||Foam Core composite structure equipment(cutter) to supplement Aerospace Engineering course||$5,600|
|2015-16||Pickering Valley||tech tubes for science||$2,700|
|2015-16||Shamona Creek||Kdg audio amplification system - pilot program||$1,600|