Educator Initiative Grant – Guidelines for Grant Requests

The Educare Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 1995, which provides financial
support to the Mankato Area Public Schools which goes beyond the normal operating budget to fund
programs and activities that enhance educational opportunities for all students, encourage teachers
to explore new ways of learning and provide a vital link between the community and the classroom.

Individuals or teams of individuals employed by Mankato Area Public School District 77 who are
involved in the instruction of students, K-12, are eligible.

Instructional approaches or projects that meet the selection criteria.

Visit Educare website at for deadline details. Supporting materials are
due in the Educare Foundation Office on or before the deadline. There are no exceptions. Late
applications will not be considered. Grant applications must include required signature

Grants will be awarded depending on the degree to which the proposal:

  • Addresses important target areas. Target areas are defined as core subject tutoring,
    technology aided learning, world language competency and high expectation learning
  • Encourages and develops 21st Century Skills. Twenty-first century skills represent the
    necessary student outcomes for the 21st century, that is, students need to obtain Learning
    and Innovation Skills (creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, etc.),
    Information, Media and Technology Skills, Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes (global
    awareness, financial literacy, etc.), and Life and Career Skills (initiative and self-direction,
    among others).
  • Represents a creative or innovative approach to the accomplishment of objectives. (It should
    address a new project as opposed to one accomplished or under way, or one being repeated
    from a previous year.)
  • Is collaborative. This can be across classroom, grades and/or schools. Ver. 9/18
  • Is clear and logical, including: (a) objectives; (b) description of instructional procedures and
    methods; (c) sound evaluation procedures incorporated in the proposal; (d) an itemized
  • Is replicable and has the ability to be self-sustaining.
  • Will affect ongoing curriculum improvement.


  1. Electronic versions of the application and guideline files are available for download at Printed copies of the application and guidelines may be obtained
    by request from the school principal offices or at the Foundation Office: 10 Civic Center Plaza,
    Suite 2, Mankato, MN 56001.
  2. Signed applications must be received at the Foundation Office no later than the posted deadline
    on the application and our website. Your grant request will not be considered if the application is
    not signed properly.
  3. Applications will be reviewed by the Educare Grant Application Review Committee comprised of
    Educare Foundation directors, campus administrators representing elementary, middle and/or
    the high schools and a member of the School Board.
  4. Each grant application submitted will be evaluated by the committee using a grant evaluation
    form. The committee will: decline, approve with modified funding or approve with full funding.
  5. The Grant Review Committee will forward its recommendations to the Educare Foundation
    Board of Directors for approval
  6. Following approval by the Educare Foundation Board, approved grants are presented to the
    Mankato Area Public Schools’ Board for formal acceptance.
  7. Applicants will be notified of decisions, officially, the second week of May.
  8. Grant Application Review Committee members may conduct site visits during project
    implementation to observe progress.


Grant recipients are responsible to:

  • Prepare a completion report as required by the Foundation Board, including a final report of
    expenses and an evaluation of actual versus planned outcomes. This information is helpful
    with future grant evaluations. A request for this information will be made of you in late
    September with an early November deadline.
  • Use grant awards for purposes specified in the grant applications.
  • Awards must be used within two years of award notification. Any unused or excess grant
    funds after two years will be expired and return to Educare. Ver. 9/18


  1. It is strongly recommended that you consult the district technology department, before submitting
    your request if you are seeking funds for technology-aided learning or devices.
  2. Proposals should directly involve students as fully as possible.
  3. Grants may be used to compensate experts who come to work with students, but usually not to
    pay teachers or staff.
  4. Funds can be used to purchase equipment or to provide field trip transportation, but should be
    integrated with curriculum materials and activities to make a complete project.
  5. Proposals that incorporate matching funds or community resources will be looked on favorably.
    (Students or PTA groups might raise matching funds, for example. Community organizations may
    donate needed equipment, services or free admission to events.) Such contributions are a sign
    of commitment to the project and will multiply the effectiveness of the grant award.
  6. Encourage interdisciplinary or team teaching projects or those that involve various age groups.
    These often have greater impact than single-classroom efforts, fill needs unmet in the regular
    curriculum and encourage more grant applications in the future.
  7. Good ideas can be lost through poorly written proposals. Be specific in expressing your ideas and
    ask others to critique your proposal prior to sending the information to the review committee.
  8. There are excellent web sites with tips for writing winning grant proposals.

Educare Initiative Grant Application

If you have any questions, contact the Educare Grants Committee at
or call the District Office at 507-387-1868.