FWCS Foundation - Teacher Grant Program




The FWCS Foundation awards grants to proposals that will facilitate the FWCS mission to educate all students to high standards enabling them to become productive, responsible citizens. The program is designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches that will increase student achievement. While the following criteria are provided to guide and assist applicants, the Foundation will consider a broad range of requests. 


  1. Applicants must be employees of Fort Wayne Community Schools. 
  2. Applications must be student-centered; related to the curriculum and demonstrate how they will enhance and enrich the educational process and experience for students. 
  3. Applications must align with FWCS curriculum objectives and goals and Indiana state standards. 
  4. Applications must be received by email on or before the established deadlines in the Grant Application Timeline. 
  5. Applications must be submitted in typed or computer-generated format. 
  6. Prior applicants who were not previously funded may revise and resubmit their requests for funding. 
  7. Prior recipients of funding may apply only for new projects, not for the continuation of existing projects. 
  8. Requests may range in amounts from $250 - $1,500. 


Criteria: funding priorities to applications that: 

  • Motivate students and inspire them to achieve academic excellence. 
  • Encourage specific improvements in students’ skills and attitudes. 
  • Serve as an opportunity for enrichment that cannot be funded through the normal district or school budgets.  
  • Benefit a large number of diverse students. 
  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity while supporting district instructional best practices. 
  • Serve as an effective pilot for potential future programs. 
  • Encourage partnership with other funding sources. 
  • Include a method of assessing effectiveness. 
  • Include a plan for continuation beyond Foundation support. 


Funding limitations to applications that: 

  • Fund existing programs. 
  • Have limited future ongoing impact. 
  • Fund personnel or substitute costs. 
  • Fund ongoing transportation expenses. 
  • Fund capital improvements, building and grounds operations and maintenance. 

    Grant Application Timeline 

    Applications available on FWCS Intranet 

    April 29, 2022 

    Applications submitted to FWCS Foundation 

    June 15, 2022 

    Grant decisions announced 

    Aug. 1, 2022 

    Funds available 

    Aug. 15, 2022 

    Grant reports due 

    Jan. 1, 2022 and June 1, 2022 


    Grant Application Procedures 

    1. FWCS employee applicant completes and submits FWCS Foundation Grant Application by the due date to FWCS Foundation Executive Director, Mitch Sheppard 
    2. FWCS Foundation Executive Director reviews grant requests to ensure compliance with grant guidelines and criteria. 
    3.  Qualifying grant request packets are submitted to grant review committee within one week of receipt. 
    4. Grant review committee makes recommendations to FWCS Foundation Board within four weeks of receipt. 
    5. FWCS Foundation Board reviews for approval and announces recipients within two months of the application submission deadline. 
    6. Funds are awarded to recipients’ schools for distribution. 
    7. Grant reports are submitted by due dates to FWCS Executive Director.