RCPS teachers and staff members write proposals for REFI funds to enhance educational experiences for our students. Grant funds assist in making the additional field trip or experience possible. Books, materials and equipment may be needed to do a better job in conducting a unit to increase and enhance the experience for students. Over $58,000 was distributed to classrooms in Rockingham County Public Schools during 2015-2016. Funds for REFI Educational Grants are raised annually from the "Chip-In" for Quality Schools Golf Classic and from donors like you. Contact the REFI office for additional information or to make a contribution that makes a difference in the lives of children in our community.
Please note: Remember to save your work in your application if you need to exit the program to obtain additional documentation. There is a grey "save" button at the bottom left hand side of the application. If you have any problems with the application, please contact Katie LaPira at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 564-3218.
Timeline: January 26, 2017 Spring Grant application available February 24, 2017 Spring Grant application due May 11, 2017 REFI Partners in Education Recognition Event at JMU June 15, 2017 Deadline for grant reimbursement requests
Definition of Categories: Novel: problem-solving, a concept to reach a target population; represents “thinking outside the box”.
Important: a grant that will make an important contribution to students and staff of RCPS.
Inspirational: proposal inspires others to think creatively.
Results-Oriented: proposal states measurable goals and provides a well-organized plan for evaluating progress toward those goals.
Requirements: Abstract: provide a grant title that does NOT include your school name; summarize the plan you propose, the challenge it addresses, and the category it fits. (50 word max typed into online application)
Project Description: description of the results you hope to achieve. (300 word max typed into online application)
Budget (Attachment #1): A maximum of $500 requested per grant. Individuals may apply for no more than two grants. Budget items may include, but are not limited to instructional materials/supplies, software, admission fees, transportation costs, recognition, guest speakers/presentation fees; teacher/staff development, etc. Projects proposing matching funds from other sources require that information to be communicated.
Leadership and Signatures (Attachment #2): Designate ONE project coordinator as the primary contact to whom all communication will be directed. This person will be the grant representative to attend the REFI Partners in Education event, see that donor recognition is implemented; and see that REFI is supported throughout the process. List additional team members if applicable. The project coordinator and principal/supervisor are required to sign the proposal. All applications originating from a school must have the principal’s signature. If you are collaborating with another school(s), all principals must sign the application. The signature page can be found below: