Farmington River Initiative for Regional Excellence (FIRE Fund)

Grant Guidelines

WHO CAN APPLY

Students, teachers, administrators and community members for projects that enrich the educational experience of the students and teachers in the Farmington River School District.

GRANT INFORMATION

The Farmington River School District has launched a new fund called the Farmington River Initiative for Regional Excellence (FIRE). It is an endowed fund whose purpose is to enhance and enrich the educational experience of the students and teachers in the Farmington River School District. FIRE wants to ensure the highest level of achievement for the students and enhance their capacity to achieve excellence both in school and in the community.

FIRE is seeking proposals for grants from students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, nonprofits and members of the community of the Farmington River School District for projects that will fulfill the purposes of the Fund.

ELIGIBILITY

Grants from the Fund will not replace public dollars for the school district. FIRE seeks primarily to help cover the direct costs of projects (not salaries). Priority will be given to proposals that rely on volunteer efforts and that show additional means of support.

Possible projects include, but are not limited to: independent study; new programs; extra-curricular activities; individual creative projects, in or outside the classroom; visiting speakers; artists in residence; professional development for teachers; scientific, athletic, or technical equipment; library resources; class field trips.

Berkshire Taconic does not support organizations which in their constitution, by-laws, or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.

AWARDS

Grants awarded will generally range from $100 to $1,000 for the first several years as FIRE builds its endowment.

REVIEW CRITERIA

Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Excellence: How worthy is the project or service? Is it the right time for the project? Does it involve qualified individuals/groups?
  • Impact: What is the potential impact of the project or service on the School District community?
  • Ability: Can the applicant complete the project?
Applications will be reviewed by FIRE’s Board comprised of community members, parents, teachers, students, the superintendent and the school community. Their recommendations will be referred to Berkshire Taconic’s Board of Directors for final approval.