2020 CHALLENGE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS
STEP ONE: SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT
What exactly is an abstract? In the world of grant applications, an abstract is essentially a summary of your idea, followed by your supporting information, budget, and any detail that supports your claim that your idea is good and should be funded.
We are asking you to submit an abstract (or summary) of your idea before you even get started with the longer version of an application.
This way, you have a chance to put your idea down on paper. Think it through. Explain it. Let your passion shine through and then (drum roll, please) get some actual feedback before you submit the full-form application.
But what should your abstract include? We might say this could be compared to an essay or maybe even a research paper where you state your main idea (or thesis statement) and then follow up with supporting statements. Perhaps you might think of this as stating a hypothesis in geometry or chemistry. Either way, what we want here is to understand what your idea is, and why you think we should consider funding it.
Your abstract should answer (at least) the following questions:
Why is this idea important to you?
Why is it needed?
Why will it be successful?
How will success be measured?
What grade or building level(s) will your idea impact?
Is your idea scalable? Can it be expanded after the first year?
Is your idea sustainable? Can it be continued after the first year?
Can you give examples of other schools or organizations who have implemented similar programs?
How will your idea positively impact students and give them a competitive advantage that they would not otherwise have in school?
When you are ready, click here to submit your abstract. This button will take you to Kaleidoscope, our new online application platform, where you will fill out some information and upload your abstract.
STEP TWO: INITIAL REVIEW
Once your abstracts have been submitted (on or before January 6, 2020), our review committee will convene. Composed of district leaders, administrators and educators, this committee will assess the abstracts from multiple points of view.
Here are some examples of what the committee will be assessing:
Is the idea viable within the district’s current facilities?
Does the idea align with the district’s strategic plan?
Does it align with district policy?
How will the project be measured to see if it’s successful?
Could the project be applied on a larger scale?
By identifying some potential pitfalls, the committee can make suggestions to the applicant in advance of completing their full applications.
The committee may determine that an idea does not align with the district’s goals, and will try to guide the applicant(s) in a direction that is more properly aligned. The committee may also dismiss an application if it seems substantially misaligned with the district’s goals or policies.
All of these initial reviews will be completed by January 31, 2020.
STEP THREE: FEEDBACK
During the first two weeks of February, 2020, each applicant/team will receive feedback based on the initial review.
As needed, guidance will be provided to ensure their proposal aligns sufficiently with the district’s goals and operational capabilities. Where possible, specific examples of possible/impossible scenarios will be provided.
Additionally, the feedback may include suggestions to help applicants develop their most thorough, convincing and competitive final submissions, which the Maize Education Foundation Board of Directors will review.
All feedback will be presented by February 12, 2020
STEP FOUR: SUBMIT APPLICATION
With the feedback you received from the review committee, you will submit a full application and budget, with any supporting information you need in order to present your idea.
Along with feedback from the Initial Review step, each applicant will receive a new Kaleidoscope link for the full application portion of the process.
Once all applications have been received, they will be reviewed by the Maize Education Foundation Programs and Allocations Committee. The committee will present recommendations to the Maize Education Foundation Board of Directors who will make final selections of which grants to fund.
Results will be presented at the Spring Convocation in 2020!
Contact Travis Bloom if you have any questions about the new Challenge Grant process
There are four key steps to complete in our 2020 application process:
SUBMIT ABSTRACT - DEADLINE 1.6.20
INITIAL REVIEW - DEADLINE 1.31.20
FEEDBACK - DEADLINE 2.12.20
SUBMIT APPLICATION - DEADLINE 4.1.20