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Education Endowment Grants


Central Kansas Community Foundation






2017 Newton USD 373 Education Endowment

Innovation and Enhancement Grant Application



USD 373 Endowment Fund, Railer 125 Endowment Fund, and Centennial/Railer 100 Endowment Fund, endowed through Central Kansas Community Foundation, Newton, aims to support USD 373 Newton teachers and staff each year by providing money to support classroom resources and /or projects.


We know that in a time of conservative spending teachers may have classroom needs and/or opportunities that are outside of your annual classroom budget.  Grants may be submitted individually or collaboratively as a team.  A maximum of $5,000 is available for the following categories:


  • PreK – Gr. 8 “Innovation in the Classroom”
  • Gr. 9 – 12 “Innovation in the Classroom”
    • Project Criteria (for both categories)
      • The project should relate to innovative instructional practices and your proposal should describe the project and its goals for student learning.
      • Technology requested in this proposal must be among district supported equipment.  Contact ETC prior to submission.
      • Application must be submitted online @ https://centralkansascfgrants.communityforce.com


  • PreK – 12 “Academic Enhancement”







USD 373 Endowment Funds Rubric


Rank each section between 1-5 (5 being the highest)

  1. The project clearly serves students of USD 373.
  2. There is a clear budget articulating the use of grant funds.
  3. The project aligns with the strategic priorities of the district.
  4. Investing in this project is a responsible use of the USD 373 Endowment fund.
  5. The funds for the project are not available from another source.
  6. Reviewer’s Discretion:  If you feel that the applicant merits additional points for any reason not covered in this rubric, please feel free to award up to 10 extra points.
  7. Please justify the Reviewer’s Discretion points.
  8. Reviewer’s Comments.


All submissions are subject to the processes, procedures, and rules of Central Kansas Community Foundation.

Upon review by the USD 373 Grant Selection Committee, additional information may be requested for clarification.

Notifications of awards will be at the All Staff End-Of-Year Celebration on May 22, 2017.

Grant follow-ups will be required before applying for the 2018 USD 373 Endowment Fund

If you have questions or need further information, please contact either

Joni Jantz, Administrative Assistant USD 373




Brenda Sooter, CKCF Program Officer – Grants