Education Grant Program

2024 Education Grant Program

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley manages several funds that award grants to public school systems. We are piloting a new grant program that will allow public school personnel to complete a single application within our online application system to be considered by multiple funding sources.

For those applicants who completed the Montgomery County Educational Foundation (MCEF) application in 2023, you will now use this Education Grant application to be considered for MCEF funding. Please review program details below.

The application for this grant is now open! Apply here by Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m. No late applications will be accepted.

Overview

  • Who is Eligible?:
    • Educators, support personnel, students, and PTA’s/PTO’s of the public schools in the counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Wythe, and the City of Radford.
    • MCEF will also consider applications from Head Start serving Montgomery County, and projects offered through the MCPS central office, Montgomery Central, or the NRV Juvenile Detention Home.

  • Amount Available: Up to $2,000

  • Application Components: The application includes two sections. In addition to basic contact and project information, each sections asks the following:
    • Section A: To be completed by ALL applicants:
      • Need & Effectiveness – Describe the need to be addressed and how the proposed project will meet that need.
      • Impact & Benefits – Describe who the project benefits and about how many will benefit.
      • Project Budget – For requests meeting basic student needs (e.g. clothes, shoes): Upload an estimate of how funds will be used. For all other projects: Upload a detailed project budget.
    • Section B – To be completed ONLY by applicants from Montgomery County that wish to be considered by MCEF:
      • Goals & Objectives: Describe project goals and how they align with Virginia SOLs or other applicable standards.
      • Mission Alignment: Describe how the project aligns with MCEF and the Montgomery County Public Schools mission.
      • Sustainability: Describe whether and how the project might benefit students long-term.

  • Evaluation Criteria: Evaluators will consider how the proposed project provides opportunities above and beyond what is available through public funding, how well the proposed project meets the need described, and the impact and benefits to students, personnel, and the school as a whole. Scoring rubrics can be found below.

  • Required Reporting for MCEF Grantees: MCEF Grantees must complete a final report at the end of the project period to be considered for grants in future years. This report is emailed directly to MCEF by the required deadline. There is no reporting required for grants from other funding sources.

  • Contact Information:
    • For questions about this grant program or the online application system, please contact the CFNRV at 540-381-8999 or email cfnrv@cfnrv.org.
    • For questions about the MCEF application components, your proposed project, or past MCEF grants, please contact Jonathan Schulz, MCPS Supervisor of Grants and Innovation at 540-382-5100, ext. 1028 or email jschulz@mcps.org
    • To reach MCEF, call 540-382-5100 ext. 1098 or email info@montcoef.org.

2024 Important Dates

  • Friday, May 31, 2024Online grant application opened at this link
  • Friday, July 19, 2024 at 5 p.m. – Application deadline. No late applications will be accepted.
  • Monday, July 22 to October 2024: Application review process
  • October-November 2024 – Applicants notified about awards and checks issued

Resources

The links below will assist you in setting up an account in the CFNRV’s online application system, completing your application, and understanding the review criteria.

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