Goals of the Princeton Education Foundation Grant Program

The Princeton Education Foundation (PEF) strives to provide funding for educational endeavors that add depth to the curriculum and broaden scholastic experiences that would not be otherwise funded through the traditional Princeton Public School budget.

  • PEF aims to support innovative and creative educational programs for the students and faculty to enhance excellence in the Princeton Public Schools.
  • PEF aims to provide resources and programs that enrich our children’s  appreciation and understanding of all subjects covered by the academic curriculum of the Princeton Public Schools.

Grant Eligibility

The superintendent, administrators and department heads within the Princeton Public School are eligible to apply for grants from PEF under the District Grant Fund.  The deadline for proposals for the 2016-2017 school year are September 30, 2016. (Deadline extended to Monday, October 10, 2016)

PEF Grant Criteria and Considerations

Throughout its history, PEF has been proud to fund grants that have met all or some of the following criteria:

  • Grants that enhance the existing academic program, curriculum, guidance  or counseling functions of the Princeton Public Schools.
  • Grants that enrich the current curriculum and educational structure of the  Princeton Public Schools.
  • Grants that impact a broad number of students and have lasting or  sustainable educational value.
  • Grants that are innovative and creative in teaching and/or learning.
  • Grants that implement new and experimental methods of teaching.
  • Grants in which the results can be evaluated by some measure of quality  and be expanded and replicated if successful.           
  • Grants that fund capital improvements

PEF has traditionally not funded the following types of grants:

  • Grants that replace or relieve existing responsibility for public funding of school programs.
  • Grants that fund teacher stipends or substitute teacher fees.
  • Grants that fund travel expenses for district employees.
  • Grants that fund tools/equipment that should be provided for in the school  budget, standard classroom supplies, or maintenance and facilities costs.
  • Grants that fund food and drink.

The above funding guidelines, procedures and requirements represent the guiding principals of the Princeton Education Foundation.  Under various circumstances, the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Education Foundation may choose to provide or not provide funding which differs from the terms of these guidelines.

PEF welcomes inquiries prior to writing grant applications to discuss viability of projects.  Please contact PEF directly if you would like to discuss a potential grant application.

Grant Application Process

  • Grant applications must be submitted prior to the end of the day on October 10, 2016 to be  considered for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Grant application forms can be downloaded from the grants tab on the PEF website.  (www.pefnj.org)
  • Accompanying documentation must be attached to the application.  This may include, but is not limited to, catalog/webpages of materials to be  purchased and current educational research relating to the proposed project.
  • Required signatures must be completed on all applications.

Grant Review Process

  • Completed applications will be acknowledged through email and be sent  to all of the PEF Board of Trustees.
  • Applicants will be notified if the Trustees need clarification or additional  details about any aspect of the project.
  • The PEF Board of Trustees meets once per month and will review any completed application that has been received prior to the deadline.
  • Applicants will be notified in writing within one week of the meeting if their grant application was accepted or denied.
  • Please keep in mind that not all applications can be approved.  PEF  strives to grant as many quality applications as possible each year, but operates on the financial generosity of the community and a limited funding budget.

Grant Project Requirements

Changes in Scope of Project of Expenditure of Grant Funds

Changes in scope of project or expenditure of grant funds is discouraged.  Any changes must be approved by the PEF Board of Trustees in advance.  Written notice of the proposed change must be sent to the President of the Foundation.  The President will confer with the Trustees and respond in writing.

Grant Publicity

  • Grant recipients are expected to be available to PEF for the purposes of  publicizing their projects to parents, teachers and the local community  through school publications, local newspapers and other media outlets.
  • Grant recipients are asked to include the following statement when  presenting the grant in any public forum; “This project is made possible (in  whole or in part) by a grant from the Princeton Education Foundation.”

Duration of Funding

All grant funds must be expended on the approved project within the school year for which it was awarded.  If the project is canceled or materially changed, the funds must be returned to the Foundation.

PEF cannot make a commitment to continue funding the same project for more than the current school year.  While we are always looking for new, creative projects, we will, however, review applications for continued funding of previously awarded grants if the project has been reviewed, reconsidered and/or updated.  Applications should clearly indicate that it is a request for continuation of funding from a previously awarded grant.

Grant Evaluation and Report

All grant recipients are required to submit a Year-End Grant Report approximately 10 months after their grant was accepted.  The report must describe the grant project outcomes and show the expenditure of funds.  A report form and due date will be given to each grant recipient upon the acceptance of the grant.

Note:  The above funding guidelines, procedures and requirements represent the guiding principals of the Princeton Education Foundation.  Under various circumstances, the Board of Trustees of PEF may choose to provide or not provide funding which differs from the terms of these guidelines.  The Board of Trustees reserves the right to revise these guidelines, procedures and requirements at any time.