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Process to Apply & Eligibility
All applications must be submitted electronically. Paper applications will NOT be accepted. All applicants will create an account with login credentials allowing work to be saved and continued at a later date. Only GISD employees are eligible to submit applications. A student or parent should never complete an application for funding from GEF. All projects must directly benefit GISD students and align with GEF’s mission to enrich the educational experience and prepare students for the future. There are three application types to solicit funding from GEF:

  1. Grant Cycle – support for innovative projects that impact student learning
    • Individual Grants: Awards up to $2,000
    • Team Grants: Awards up to $5,000
    • Campus/District-wide Grants: Awards up to $8,000
  2. Out-of-Cycle – emergency funding for needs that impact student learning and cannot wait until the next grant cycle
    • Individual Grants: Awards up to $2,000
    • Team Grants: Awards up to $5,000
    • Campus/District-wide Grants: Awards up to $8,000
  3. Individual Student – assistance for students in difficult circumstances that prevent them from participating in a valuable educational experience with peers
    • Awards up to $500 per student to a GISD educator serving as the student’s sponsor

*If your project/grant request exceeds the above amounts, you are still encouraged to apply. Funding amounts are at the discretion of the GEF Grants Committee who may choose to partially fund or exceed these limits. 

This table illustrates examples of individual, team, and campus grants.

Type $ Limit Example
Individual $2,000 A single teacher applies for materials to bring history alive in their class.
Team $5,000 The 3rd grade team at one school plan to share a kit to teach marine sciences.
Campus/District-wide $8,000 A middle school intends to buy chemistry supplies for all of the science classes in 7th and 8th grade. The elementary physical education teachers at several school campuses propose to share a "Healthy Lifestyles" curriculum.

Funding Priorities
In an effort to support GISD’s strategic plan, GEF has aligned its funding priorities with the Board of Trustees’ goals for student outcomes. All applicants will select one of the issue areas listed below when they submit their project for consideration. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about how they can design projects that will contribute to improving academic performance in the identified issue areas. If you have an idea and fear it may not fit one of these areas, please don’t be discouraged! Reach out to GEF to discuss your project.

  • Early literacy (reading on grade level by 3rd grade)
  • High-school readiness (credit earned in Algebra I and English I by 9th grade)
  • College and career readiness (success on Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, SAT, ACT, TSI, and CTE exams and achievement of certificates or licenses)
  • Innovation (pilot projects with evidence of potential success)

Deadlines to Apply
For the 2021-22 Grant Cycle, the application will become available beginning Monday, August 30, 2021. The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. The deadline is extremely firm. No exceptions.

The Out-of-Cycle and Individual Student applications are available year-round with a rolling deadline. Projects are reviewed by the Grants Committee and considered for funding as quickly as possible.

Application Attachments
All submissions must include the following attachments:

  • Letter of support from the appropriate principal or department head
  • Completed copy of GEF’s grant proposal budget template; Click here to download the budget template.
  • Proof of support and official quote from GISD’s MIS Department (Esther Soto – for technology requests
  • Proof of support from GISD’s Director of Facilities (Paul Byers – for any project that requires installation or alteration of a building in any way

All grant recipients will receive an award letter noting the deadline to spend their funds and deadline to submit an evaluative report. The letter will also inform the recipient of any special instructions. The following is the tentative timeline for the Grant Cycle for the 2020-21 school year.

  • Early-November- GEF awards funds
  • January 21 – deadline to expend funds
  • April 22 – deadline to submit evaluative report

Project Coordinators
All proposals must identify a Project Coordinator who is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the grant and communicating with GEF. The principal at the respective campus must assume or re-assign responsibility if the Project Coordinator becomes unavailable or does not fulfill the duties associated with the grant. For grants that involve several campuses, a GISD administrator assumes the role of the principal as the responsible party.

Additional resources are available here:

  • United Way of Galveston
    United Way of Galveston
  • Moody PEF
    Moody PEF
  • Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund
    Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund
  • Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust
    Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust

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