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Grant Programs

The Foundation has developed two distinct grant programs designed to promote more effective teaching and learning in Ohio’s secular schools: Grants-to-Educators and Open Grants.   

The “Supporting Documents” menu tab links to information important to know before applying for a grant.

Grants to Educators

The Grants-Educators program encourages individual educators to try innovative, smaller-scale activities within their classroom, school, or district. The maximum grant is $3,000.

 Who Can Apply?

Any teacher (Pre-K – grade 12) or administrator in Ohio’s secular primary or secondary schools can apply for a grant.

Grant Guidelines

  • Grants-to-Educators must address the Foundation’s Deep Learning theme. Before completing an application, examine the characteristics associated with Deep Learning on the chart below. (Chart Explaining Characteristics of Deep Learning)
  • Only one application from your school will be considered in a given month
  • Review the (Grant Development Rubric) before completing your application
  • Funding is considered for equipment only when there is a direct connection to the project (Guidance Pertaining to MHJF Funding for Technology, Equipment, and Material Requests)
  • The cost of technology cannot exceed one-half of the grant amount awarded
  • The Foundation will generally not fund bus transportation, field trips/admission fees, capital assets, facility fees, refreshments, storage units, incentives, school supplies, rewards, and T-shirts

What are the Grant Application Deadlines?

The Distribution Committee reviews applications ten times a year.

(Chart Explaining Grants-to-Educators Award Cycles)

How are Applications Evaluated?

Applications are evaluated on the depth of learning the experience will have on students. Our Distribution Committee carefully considers each application according to established Evaluation Criteria.

(Grants-to-Educators Evaluation Criteria)

 

Open Grants

Open Grant requests must be for one year only. The Foundation does not make grants for multiple-year projects. An organization may resubmit a proposal for continued funding based on the final evaluation report responses. The average Open Grant is $12,000.

Who Can Apply?

  • Public school districts in Ohio
  • Non-religious private schools in Ohio working in conjunction with public schools
  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations that assist elementary and secondary schools in Ohio

Grant Guidelines

We have established two funding themes within the Open Grants Program: Excellent Teaching and Deep Learning. While we recognize the importance of many programs, the Foundation provides funding only for projects that align with these themes. On the grant application you will need to select which theme(s) is applicable to your project.

Before completing a proposal, examine the characteristics associated with each theme on the charts below.

(Chart Explaining Characteristics of Excellent Teaching)

(Chart Explaining Characteristics of Deep Learning)

Technology Requests

Funding is considered for equipment only when there is a direct connection to the project. (Guidance Pertaining to MHJF Funding for Technology, Equipment, and Material Requests)

What are the Grant Proposal Deadlines?

The Board of Directors reviews Open Grant proposals eight times a year.

(Chart Explaining Open Grant Award Cycles)

How are Proposals Evaluated?

Proposals are evaluated on the impact that the quality of teaching and/or the depth of learning experience will have on students. Our Board of Directors and Distribution Committee carefully consider each proposal according to established Evaluation Criteria.

  • The Foundation will generally not fund bus transportation, field trips/admission fees, capital assets, facility fees, refreshments, storage units, incentives, school supplies, rewards, and T-shirts

(Open Grant Evaluation Criteria)