What types of programs have received a positive response from reviewers?
In the past, proposals that have won funding have:
- Emphasized active student learning and participation to broaden the educational experience of the students.
- Provided multicultural learning experiences.
- Involved interdisciplinary and/or team-teaching by designing collaborative learning experiences.
- Involved others in the learning process (parents, peers, student mentors, community).
- Created partnerships with other school or community groups.
- Used non-traditional techniques or community resources.
- Broadened the cooperation between the community and the school.
- Developed and fostered student's pride in themselves, their school and their community.
- Become ongoing activities or become permanently integrated into the curriculum.
What generally is not funded?
- Major equipment items
- Programs/projects the district funds
- Continuing support to an individual for previously funded
- Food, beverages and/or school store supplies
- Classroom sets of the same book
These items might be considered by reviewers if they are integral to the implementation of the entire program. Hypothetical example: The fifth grade social studies classes are dramatizing historical events for an in-school cable TV program. A camcorder is requested in this grant. Other grade levels will use this programming as a kick-off for their lessons in social studies and related disciplines. The requested camcorder, which generally would not be considered, is awarded.
What cannot be funded under the Great Idea Grants?
- Salaries (an honorarium may be considered*)
- Staff inservice
- Materials and supplies normally considered to be the
responsibility of the school district, i.e., textbooks
*An honorarium may be considered for an outside source but not
an employee of the Flint Community Schools.