Applications are now open for the 2024 FELS grant cycle. The deadline for applications is 5pm, Wednesday, March 1, 2024.
Are you an L-S teacher or staff member that is inspired to inspire others?
Do you have an interesting project you would like to do during vacation or free time that will promote your professional or personal growth?
Would you like some funding for that project and be willing to share what you have learned with the community?
2024 FELS GRANT APPLICATION INFORMATION
Projects are not limited to your teaching discipline or subject area, but they may be related. Please see on the FELS Website the wide variety of grants awarded in recent years and feel free to reach out to former grant recipients to discuss their proposals and experiences.
Be deliberate in your application. Take your time in considering and writing your proposal. Substance, depth of content, impact on your professional and/or personal growth, potential impact to peers and students, and completeness of applications are all highly regarded in our grant evaluation process!
You are expected to share the benefits of your experience with the L-S or the Lincoln or Sudbury communities. That can be as simple as an interview with the Lincoln or Sudbury newspapers or the Forum, joining us at a FELS meeting, or as extensive as a public forum at L-S or the Goodnow or Lincoln Public Library, for example.
Projects must be completed during vacation or free time.
We do not fund: grants that lead to a graduate degree or to raise money for another organization, grants with any religious affiliation, projects that could be reimbursed by L-S, or meals.
Because of the impact of the COVID pandemic on fundraising, the maximum grant for 2021 was $1,000. For 2024, we will consider grant proposals up to $2,000. Please do not exceed this amount in your funding request from FELS. Grant proposal quality, inclusive of why the experience is important to you and what you seek in undertaking the experience, all will be significant factors for our consideration and could impact the number of grants we will award this year. It is our intention to return to funding a maximum of $2,500 within the next few years. Pre-COVID, FELS grants ranged from $300 to $2,500.
In considering your proposal for 2024, we encourage you to also “look local” and be practical in what is possible for you.
Important: Please note that FELS does not always fully fund proposals, so other funding sources should be available to permit your proposed undertaking.
Please review the instructions and include as much information as possible in your application! Again, substance, depth of content, impact on your professional and/or personal growth, potential impact to peers and students, and completeness of applications are all highly regarded in the evaluation process! All proposals will be reviewed “blind”, with names redacted. Names will only be revealed after the Board has voted its allocation of funding for this year’s cycle.
Questions? Feel free to contact us.