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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 2022 over $170,000 has been awarded to teachers and students with innovative ideas to support learning in DASD.

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 2022 over $170,000 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 (jeffrey.singleton@comcast.net)

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 & GLOBAL.

Please complete the DCEF Grant Application   Deadlines are Oct 14, 2022 for the Fall round of grants and April 7, 2023 for the Spring round. The Grants Committee will respond once they have received the completed application.

Teacher Venture Grant Recipients

 

Student Agency Mini-grants

DCEF wants to support you to PURSUE YOUR PASSION and to DO GOOD by offering up to $1,000 mini-grants. 

What problems do you see in your school or community, large or small, and what are your ideas on how to take action for substantial change? We know you are willing to ask hard questions and find creative solutions. We know you have the courage to think outside the box and make an impact that is greater than yourself.

WHO CAN APPLY?  Students in grades K-8 are eligible to apply.

ELIGIBLE PROPOSALS: Must be for projects that connect what you are learning in school to community service.  Not a ‘go-fund-me’ or a donation by the foundation to a worthy charity, but a way for the education foundation to help fund YOU,  as you learn new things and imagine a project to help the local community or the world. Collaborative requests are encouraged. You will need to find a teacher who will work with you on your idea. Your parent or guardian must also endorse the project.

EVALUATION & SELECTION CRITERIA: Grants are accepted all year long and reviewed twice a year – end of April and end of October.  Applications will be reviewed by the Grants Committee on a competitive basis.  Top rated applications will be funded until available funds are exhausted. Applicants will be notified in June and December about the outcome of their application.

We want to make your great ideas come to life!  Simply fill out the application and return by April 29, 2022. 

Student Agency Mini-Grant Application