Apply for a Grant

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Download the grant application form in MS Word format.

Download the micro-grant application ($750 and below) in MS Word format
Download the grant reflection form in MS Word format.

Foundation grants are intended to further creativity, innovation and excellence in the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel public schools. The ultimate goal of EFKA grants is to stimulate student learning.

Eligibility

Any student, teacher, administrator, or community member may submit an application. Funded projects must be carried out in alignment with the RSU 21 school system and have approval of the principal of each involved school.

Criteria

Grants are focused in two areas:

  1. enrichment programs for students
  2. professional training and development programs for teachers

Preference is given to projects that:

  • involve direct, hands-on student participation
  • involve a large number of students (25 or more) or impact a significant portion of the student body
  • enhance the school objectives
  • generate income or are funded in part by the participants
  • result in a product that exhibits lessons learned and provides longer-term value
  • are project-based, career-oriented, and communication-intensive
  • provide immediate feedback
  • involve creative problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, self-directed work, and self-assessment
  • develop a global perspective
  • encourage leadership and creativity from teachers and administrators
  • are not funded by the schools’ operating budget

Grant amounts have varied from $200-$20,000 and are determined based on perceived program quality, funds needed, funds available, and the number of competing applications received. Grant amounts of less than $750 are considered micro-grants, and will have the benefit of an expedited application process. Every effort is made to distribute grants equitably to all schools in RSU 21. 

Grant Publicity

Successful grant recipients are asked to assist in publicizing their projects to parents, teachers, and to the public. Upon completion of the project, grant recipients provide a reflection summarizing lessons learned, additional benefits gained, and publicity plans.  Download the grant reflection form here.

Grant recipients are requested to include the following information in any newsletter, permission slip, newspaper article, etc: “This project is made possible (in whole or in part) by a grant from the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel.”

Application Process

All grant requests must be submitted on a Grant Application form.

Download the grant application here.

Download the micro-grant application here. ($750 and below)

All applicants will be contacted by the Leah Rachin, Grant Committee Chairperson to schedule a presentation time. The Grant Committee meets on the first Monday of every month at 9:00 a.m. at Kennebunk Elementary School. Meeting dates for 2016-2017 are as follows:

  • Sept 14
  • Oct 3
  • Nov 7
  • Dec 5
  • Jan 9
  • Feb 6
  • March 6
  • April 3
  • May 1
  • June 5 

All applicants present their proposal to the EFKA Grant Committee who makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors to make the final determination.

For Additional Information

Additional information is available from the following EFKA representatives. If you are considering developing a proposal, you may wish to contact a representative to discuss how your project aligns with ongoing activities at RSU#21 schools.

School EFKA Grant Committee Representative
Grant Committee Chairperson

 

Leah Rachin

lrachin@yahoo.com

 

Kennebunk Elementary School

 

Julie Lavery

julielavery@gmail.com

 

Kennebunkport Consolidated School

Amanda Murray

amurray@rsu21.net 

 

Mildred L. Day School

Erin Sanborn

ewsanborn@gmail.com

 

Sea Road School

 

Jason Woloszyn

woloszyn.jason@gmail.com

Middle School of the Kennebunks

Jennifer Poore

Email address: jlpoore@roadrunner.com  

 

Kennebunk High School

Judy Desrochers

jadesrochers@roadrunner.com

Community Representatives

Joe Foster

Jfoster12@maine.rr.com

Louise Spang

spangland@roadrunner.com