Teacher/School Grant Applications

  • The Downingtown Community Education Foundation is dedicated to inspiring, enhancing, and enriching the Downingtown Area School District community by providing innovative educational programs and services to all 13,000 students.  Our Teacher Innovation Grant programs seeks teachers’ ideas that emphasize new approaches to teaching, integrate curriculum, and are inventive and ground-breaking. DCEF serves as an incubator, funding programs and initiatives on a small scale to determine viability, impact, and scalability for all students in the district.

    DEADLINES:  Applications will be reviewed twice a year, once in the Fall (for implementation in January) and another in late spring (for implementation the following school year). 

    PROPOSAL DUE DATES  - first Friday in October and last Friday in March

    Friday, October 5, 2018          Friday, March 29, 2019

    Friday, October 4, 2019          Friday, March 27, 2020

    Awards will be announced in May and December.  Applications submitted after these dates will be considered in the next review cycle. 

    ELIGIBLE PROPOSALS: Imaginative, innovative projects, services and/or other activities that emphasize new approaches to teaching, stimulate thought, integrate curriculum, are forward looking, advanced, original, novel, fresh, unusual, inventive and ground-breaking will be considered.

    Ineligible requests include standard school supplies and equipment, field trips, other standard curriculum items, or replication/duplication of prior grants.  Additionally, 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.  Priority will be given to projects that are ready to proceed and enhance DASD’s existing curriculum by creating interconnected and unique learning opportunities.

    The review committee uses the following matrix to evaluate all applications:                     

      Criteria rating
    1 Submitted prior to deadline  
    2 Met application criteria - all 4 parts included (cover, narrative, budget, signatures)  
    3 Initiative has the ability to be replicated at other schools  
    4 Innovative  
    5 Funding is not available from another source  
    6 Aligned with DCEF grant priorities - support innovation in education, inspire children & enrich the curriculum  
    7 Clearly defined need and purpose  
    8 Clearly defined and measurable goals and outcomes  
    9 Plan of action adequately specified (includes materials, personnel & time/schedule)  
    10 Impact easily seen or documented  
    11 Initiative has impact beyond initial educational purpose  


    • Complete Cover Sheet, Application narrative, and Budget sheet
    • Principal and Chief Academic Officer must sign application.
    • Submit Application Electronically:  to Jackie Fenn  jfenn@dcedf.org

     REPORTING REQUIREMENT: At the conclusion of the project, all approved grants must submit a written report with a financial accounting statement (including copies of receipts) for our audit. This report should be submitted to DCEF by the end of the school year. Pictures and testimonials (comments by students, teachers, parents) should be included with your written report.

    As of September 2018 over $125,000 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 completting your grant application, please contact Jeff Singleton (jsingleton@dasd.org)

    Please fill out the applicatoin and email your finished application to jfenn@dcedf.org.

Year School Project Grant Amount
2016-17 all 10 elementary schools Finch & Hummingbird robot kits to support new Innovation Time initiative in elementary curriculum $14,000
2016-17 Shamona Creek Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Activities & Programs $1,000
2016-17 Brandywine Wallace Increasing Engagement & Learning with OSMO for Kdg & 1st grade $1,048
2016-17 Bradford Heights Tower Garden - Hydroponic Growing System $1,300
2016-17 East Ward East Ward Community Playground - Icon component to incorporate technology into physical activity $5,000
2016-17 DHS-East, West , STEM Chris Herron Project - motivational speaker for HS students & community regarding healthy lifestyle choices $2,500
2015-16 Shamona Creek Kdg audio amplification system - pilot program $1,600
2015-16 Pickering Valley tech tubes for science $2,700
2015-16 DHS-East Foam Core composite structure equipment(cutter) to supplement Aerospace Engineering course $5,600
2015-16 Uwchlan Hills Circuit kits to supplement 2nd grade electricity unit $1,800
2015-16 Beaver Creek Alternative desks/workstations for 1st & 5th graders - pilot program $4,900
2015-16 Bradford Heights Home visit program for incoming Kdgs $2,200
2014-15 STEM Reagnets & equipment for performing Biology & Chemistry extended essays pathways projects $1,150
2014-15 STEM Hyperloop high speed transportation system $3,100
2014-15 Lionville Elementary 3D printer for 5th grades $2,200
2014-15 Lionville Elementary Drone $300
2014-15 MC 6th Grade ebooks to support science project based curriculum $250
2014-15 MC 6th Grade Butterfly garden $500
2014-15 Beaver Creek Stability balls for Kdg & special needs classrooms $900
2014-15 STEM Code-a-thon $2,000
2014-15 LMS & DMS Purchase of required reading materials for students unable to afford $600
2014-15 West Bradford Piano keyboard and music reading for 1st & 2nd graders $2,150
2013-14 DHS-East DNA fingerprinting sumulation - gel electrophoresis $7,900
2013-14 Beaver Creek ipads to support writing skills & interest in reading; use QR codes $2,700
2013-14 Brandywine Wallace Maglev systems to extend 4th grade science curriculum & introduce engineering $550