Grants for Teachers opens July 15 and closes September 30 at 10:00 pm
- Please read the information on this page first. Then click on the grant application to the left for more information on the available grants, additional tips for writing your grant, and to access the grant application website.
- The staff of Wylie ISD Education Foundation are available to host campus training, present at staff meetings, discuss ideas, and coach you through the process. Do not hesitate to reach out.
- Late applications will not be accepted. All applications require approval from campus principals, purchasing, curriculum and instruction, and technology (if applicable). This line of approval is automated once your application is submitted. It is strongly encouraged that you review the approved vendor list and discuss your budget with purchasing before submitting your application.
- The district discourages grant applications for technology-related devices due to functional equity concerns, the existing plans for software updates, and the timetable for the replacement of devices. Additionally, curriculum requests are discouraged as the timeline for vetting materials is considerably longer than the window to review grants. Campus administrators or learning specialists should be consulted for necessary items that fall under these categories.
- Use the grant application working draft document. It is set up to allow you to use Word and spell check and share your application with friends and colleagues for review. Answers can be copied and pasted directly into the correlating online application question. Sometimes the formatting gets messy when pasted to the online application. Don’t worry about that aspect. The reviewers know it is a system issue and not the fault of the applicant.
- Do NOT use discount codes for estimating prices on your budget. By the time the approval goes through, that discount code may have expired and any budget costs that are over the approved grant amount are the responsibility of the campus.
- For the Budget page, list your items in order of how critical/important they are to your grant. Please also answer the questions about partial funding - is it possible to still have a successful grant with a smaller budget or items cut out? Every effort is given to fully fund each grant. However, grant applications that provide some flexibility in funding are appreciated.
- Each year the application system is reset. You will have to create a new login every year even if you have applied in the past. If you have any issues logging in, please email Windi Fuller at Windi.Fuller@wisdfoundation.org for assistance.
- In the online application, do not use "Previous Page" or "Next Page." You will lose your work. Instead, at the bottom of the far left column is the SAVE icon. Saving your work on that page will automatically advance you to the next page. You will be able to edit pages before you submit your application.
- Be clear and concise. Use simple terminology, and refrain from using academic language/acronyms without explanations.
- Be realistic. The committee favors rational and thoughtful approaches to enhance learning. If they don’t believe you can do it, they will hesitate to make the investment. Our reviewers appreciate proposals that enrich the educational experience of Wylie ISD students and that the proposal is achievable within the existing framework of the student/school schedule. Let them know you have done your homework and what you are proposing is possible.
- Be grammatically correct. Poor grammar and misspellings discredit your request. Quality of application matters, as does the creativity and integrity of the idea itself.
- Proposed programs must align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the grade level(s) affected. If you are struggling to accomplish this, the reviewers will struggle to fund it.
- The review system hides campus information from the reviewers. The reviewers do not know who has written the grant or the campus from which the application is submitted. Do not include the name of your school, mascot, or any campus identifiers in the grant to help ensure the integrity of our selection process. Office staff will review applications and remove this information if it is included. Reviewers will be voting on the merits of the application alone.
- The Grant Review Committee are community volunteers. It is a unique opportunity to invite the community to be a part of Wylie ISD and to see the creative ways our teachers want to enhance education for our students. Because the grant reviewers are not professional educators, it is best that acronyms and specialized language or procedures be explained in laypersons’ terms. A simple but well-thought-out appeal is best.
Last Modified on July 15, 2023