Grant Guidelines

Please read the guidelines below carefully before starting the application.

Mission/Vision/Values: The New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence (the Fund) supports our school system and its extraordinary, diverse student body through advancing equity, excellence and inspiring all public school students. The Fund partners with the City School District of New Rochelle and engages the broader New Rochelle community to develop, fund and implement high-quality educational and enrichment programming that enhances the school experience and helps students thrive and succeed along their educational journey.

Timing: Established in 1998, the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence was forged in an alliance between the Superintendent of Schools, members of the Board of Education and community leaders to enhance the New Rochelle tradition of excellence in education. The 2019-2020 school year marks the third year of the Fund’s hallmark grant-making program, designed to support the needs–and beyond!–of New Rochelle’s public school students. We encourage applications from administrators, teachers, parents and students across the entire District.

Priorities: This grant-making program is intended to supplement an instructional need or enrichment opportunity, or subsidize a program/project that might not otherwise happen or reach the ideal scale. Priority will be given to programs that promote active student learning, are innovative and offer students the chance to find their voice and build their self-confidence.

Timeline and Budget: SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11th. Notification of grant decisions is projected for mid-December, for projects to take place this winter and spring between January and June, 2020. Applications that go outside of these parameters (over the summer, for example) will be considered but are not guaranteed. This year, applicants can request funding up to $2,500. Complete applications must include a filled-out Principal’s Comment Form, and may then be submitted as one document via email to:

Additional Details: When developing your proposal, please keep in mind that the Fund will give preference to programs that enhance student learning, are compatible with district curriculum, and have measurable objectives, as well as those that encourage collaboration across classes, disciplines, teams, and schools. All grant requests should have the support of all school personnel involved in implementing the program. Proposals must be reviewed by the school principal in advance of submission. Parent and student proposals need a designated teacher/administrator advisor. A grant request for technology must be supported by Carole Andreasen in addition to your school principal. A grant request pertaining to the needs of special education students must be supported by Dara Joseph in addition to your school principal. Grant approval is discretionary, and grants may not be funded even if the above criteria are satisfied, or if you have received a grant in the past. It is also within the discretion of the Fund to partially fund a grant and/or make alterations to a grant as a condition of approval.

Acknowledgement and Evaluation: Successful grant applicants are required to submit a final assessment form as well as photos within 45 days of program completion. When notifying the community about the funding, the following language must be included: “This project/program was funded by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence.” The Fund’s logo can be provided and should be used whenever possible. By publicizing the activities generated by the grants, the Fund increases outreach within the community and opportunities to raise future funds for these types of endeavors.


2019-2020 Application Questions

1. Project Description/Summary: 

Please provide an overview of your grant request. Who is involved in implementing it and how will it support classwork or curriculum? Please specify the skills, knowledge and/or personal areas of growth students or teachers will acquire. How did you learn of (or develop) the program or project you are requesting funding for?

2. How Does This Program Align with the Fund’s Grant Guidelines? 

Please read the grant guidelines carefully and consult our website at Please provide specific examples.

3. How Does This Project Align with Current Curricula?

Please cite specific ways in which this project falls within the vision of or enhances your current school or district curricula.

4. Participants: 

How many students will be affected directly now and in the future? What grades? How many students may be affected indirectly?

5. Plan of Action: 

Please list activities and timelines for completing project objectives.

6. Budget: 

What is the total program budget and the requested program costs? Please include things such as staff costs, supply/material/equipment costs, and travel costs. Please note any funding from the District and/or other funders for the program or project.

7. Evaluation: 

What are the anticipated outcomes? How will you measure whether or not this program has been successful now and in the future?

8. Sustainability: 

Do you anticipate continuing this program? How might it be sustained? Can it be expanded or replicated to serve students in other CSDNR buildings or beyond?

9. Grant Partner(s)/Teacher Advisor: 

If applicable, please list any grant partners. Parents, students, and/or administrators, please include your Teacher Advisor’s contact information.

10. Acknowledgement and Evaluation: 

Please list plans for acknowledgement of the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence within the application.

11. Approval by Principal: 
Important! You must have your principal fill out and sign the *Principal’s Comment Form and submit with the application. No applications will be considered without this form.