Fund-a-Classroom Project Requests
The Student Excellence Foundation, with the support of the Wheaton-Warrenville PTA Council, offers the Fund-a-Classroom (crowdfunding) program to enhance education in more classrooms and Library Learning Centers (LLCs) in District 200.
Deadline to submit new project requests online below) is Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
This chart outlines how the Fund-a-Classroom project requests differ from our Student Excellence Grant program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply?
Any District 200 school staff member who works directly with students (teacher, LLC Director, counselor, social worker, principal, etc.) is eligible to submit a Fund-a-Classroom request.
What kind of materials can I ask for?
Educators may propose any resource that is essential to a student-centered experience in their classroom or Library Learning Center (LLC).
Is there a monetary limit on my request?
Proposals can range from $250-$1,500. The higher the price tag, the more compelling a proposal should be. The lower the price tag, the more likely a proposal will be funded.
* You may submit a request that falls outside of the $250-$1,500 range. Special requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis and additional documentation may be requested.
Are there any restrictions on what I can ask for on my proposal?
- Teacher stipends or salaries
- Expenses that are within normal school operating budgets
What is the best way to write a proposal?
Educators should focus the proposal body on the student activity to take place rather than the materials needed. For example, an educator proposing to get a new set of classroom materials should not focus on the fact that the present items are in disrepair. That proposal should focus first on the student activity that new classroom materials would make possible. The resources technically have no worth - it's how the students will use them.
What happens to my Fund-a-Classroom proposal after it is submitted?
All project proposals are reviewed by the educator’s Principal after the application deadline has closed. Once the project is approved, the Foundation will set the project up on a crowdfunding site and the educator will receive tools/tips to help them market their proposals and ask their network of classroom parents, relatives, friends, etc. to help fund their project.
* If the project is submitted by a principal, it will be sent to the District for approval.
How long will it take for my proposal to be funded?
Project funding deadlines will be set at 1 year after Principal approval, unless otherwise noted that you need materials earlier (field trip, seminar, etc.).
Some proposals could be funded in less than two days of being posted while others could wait several months before being funded. Educators can view their proposals to check on the progress of funding. The educator will be notified and the funds will be released when the project is 100% funded.
If the project reaches the funding deadline and is partially funded greater than $100 but not full amount requested, then those funds will be released after the deadline date has passed.
If the project receives less than $100 by the deadline, the project owner will be asked to extend the deadline. (maximum of 1 calendar year)
How is submitting a Fund-a-Classroom request with the Foundation different than starting your own project on Donors Choose, Adopt-a-Classroom, or another crowdfunding platform?
The Foundation will manage all Fund-a-Classroom requests from District 200 educators and will have them centrally located on our website. We'll promote this as an option for funding to community members and other potential donors. We'll also work to secure matching gifts to help you reach your funding goal. However, as with most crowdfunding campaigns, the success of your campaign relies heavily on your “personal ask” and the connections between you and your network of friends, classroom parents, relatives and social media networks.
For more information, contact us at Grants@StudentExcellenceFoundation.org or 630-474-1344.
Submit a Fund-a-Classroom Project Request below:
Please download this budget template and email a completed copy FundaClassroom@StudentExcellenceFoundation.org. If you have any problems submitting the form below, please contact FundaClassroom@StudentExcellenceFoundation.org.