Enhancement Grants

The Simi Valley Education Foundation believes that investing directly in our schools is one of the best ways to improve student learning and achievement. These grants have an emphasis on INNOVATIVE PROJECTS and CREATIVE TEACHING APPROACHES, to provide funding, not otherwise available, for projects that have a potential to:

  1. Expand and improve a classroom, grade level or department’s academic environment
  2. Develop richer curriculum
  3. Provide students with enhanced learning experiences.

The Simi Valley Education Foundation selection committee’s goal is to select projects that for funding that identify and address needs, challenges, and interest unique to the students in the Simi Valley Public School District.

 2019-2020 Guidelines:
  1. The primary criterion for dispersing and approving grants will be high-quality educational content and the impact on students and/or school.
  2. The project must promote advancement of skills or knowledge and add depth to the educational programming. Projects should demonstrate sustainability, where applicable.
  3. The Foundation encourages innovative and collaboration among and across grades and disciplines that will benefit a large number of students.
  4. Applications must be organized, well written, researched with support documents included, and demonstrate innovative and effective implementation that inspires students to learn.
  5. Applications must have Principal authorization
  6. Grant requests should augment and enrich the curriculum, and not supplant programs traditionally funded by district, state or federal budgets.
  7. Applications must include a detailed itemization of all costs and materials.
  8. We do fund many important projects, but you need to know that we do not fund:
    • Salaries, teacher workshops, field trips (including transportation) or technology hardware and other equipment, which includes computers, LCD projectors, flexible seating, printers and cameras.
    • After school clubs.
    • Classroom consumable supplies
  9. The Foundation will fund software if it doesn’t require licensing. If it does require licensing, the school or district must be able to pay for licensing to sustain the software the following year.  All licensing software must be approved by the district prior to the grant submission.

Our grants encompass a variety of subject areas.

Language Arts:

  • Beef up the Books at school libraries
  • Classroom Slates
  • SMARTboard Software
  • Classroom Dictionaries
  • Independent/Partner Learning Centers
  • Reading Comprehension Supplemental material
  • Lessons in Literacy – Increasing Literacy
  • Literature Circles
  • Novel acquisitions
  • Books for classroom library
  • Building Vocabulary
  • Reader’s Theater: Building Literacy thru Drama
  • Handwriting material
  • Biography Books
  • Integrating Effective Writing Instruction using the Write Source
  • Systematic Phonics Instruction Helps Students Learn to Read
  • Video modeling in classroom
  • Listening centers
  • Weekly Reader News Edition

Social Studies:

  • Ancient History Maps
  • Classroom maps
  • Geography Enhancement material
  • A Window to the Past – Exploring Native American experiences
  • Learning Ancient Civilizations through Art
  • Instructional Materials: The “I Think: World History

Science:

  • Burets for Titration Labs
  • Minerals and Rocks
  • Mass Lab Activities
  • Garden Composting
  • Science Hands on Projects
  • Science Extensions and Explorations
  • Kindergarten Incubator Project
  • EYE on Science
  • Seismograph Station
  • Geometer’s Sketchpad
  • The Exploration of Light Refraction
  • How My Garden Grows

Math:

  • Math games and hands on projects
  • Everyday Math Literature Library
  • Math Activity Boards and materials
  • Videos that Impact Learning Math
  • Math Tools for Success
  • Math centers

Arts:

  • Sing Along and Learn
  • Arts Attack
  • Online Art Lessons
  • Music Enhancements and some equipment
  • Let’s get fit and enjoy a musical classroom

Miscellaneous:

  • Healthy Lifestyle Project
  • Vocational skills
  • Intensive Behavior Intervention
  • Outdoor motor/sensory equipment
  • Keyboarding in the 21st Century
  • English, math and science software

2019-2020 Enhancement Grant Application

DUE DATE: October 11, 2019

Applicant Information
Main Area of Impact
Please check those areas of study that applies to your grant request. (See next two section for additional funding opportunities this year.)
Community Health Plan Eligibility
(Please read below for further explanation.) *We have received a grant from Adventist Health Simi Valley that will fund grants in the areas listed below. Please check these boxes (In addition to the areas of impact above) if they apply directly to your grant. You must provide the explanation in your grant application below. Access to Health Care - Anything related to education in health care careers, certificates, exposure to health technology, health education Cancer - This includes anything that would help prevent cancer (lifestyle, exercise, healthy eating, clean water, clean air, reducing pollution) Diabetes - Anything that would include education, healthy lifestyle, research, exercise, plant based nutrition, gardens Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse - Lifestyle education, projects, prevention, nutrition, exercise, social support)
Amount needed / Requested
We aren’t always able to fund the entire amount. What is the minimum amount that must be granted in order for you and/or your school to raise the additional funds if necessary?
All projects or programs must include an itemized budget and/or costs of supplies. Please upload Word or PDF with maximum file size of 25Mb.
Program Description
Briefly describe the need(s) for this project and how it will benefit your students. Why is it critical to student learning? Please give specific examples and the need(s) that it addresses.
List the major objectives for this project. What do you perceive the results of your grant to be, and how will the project/program impact the students it served? (These must be specific, measurable outcomes that will allow project to meet its goal.)
Describe teaching methods that will be used to implement this project. What materials will be needed to implement the project/program? (“Paint” us a mental picture of your plans and include specific descriptions that may help in the review process.)
Give a time schedule of implementation. How will you measure/evaluate whether your objectives have been achieved? Are you able to assess abilities prior to implementation?
Please explain if/how this project will be sustained after the grant is completed.
Supporting Information
Please upload Word or PDF with maximum file size of 25Mb