What does N.E.E.D. do? NEED (Norton Embracing Educational Development) raises funds to help Norton's classrooms provide enrichment programs to our students. Because local tax dollars barely cover the classroom costs, NEED helps to provide supplemental funding through charitable auctions, community events, raffles, corporate gifts, and local sponsorships!
Grant requests run the gamut- from traditional academic subjects and STEM, to art and music equipment, innovative pilot programs, and so much more. The foundation encourages programs that enhance standard curriculum in order to maximize benefits for as many students as possible. NEED does not provide funding for those costs that already have a line item in the annual school budget, like basic school supplies and annual subscriptions, but we do make it possible to bring in unique, innovative, and enriching activities for the school district.
Who can apply for these grants? Any teacher/staff from the Norton Public Schools can fill out and submit a grant application.
How does the grant process work? When the grant season opens, all teachers/staff receive an email from Dr. Baeta/NEED linking to the grant application on Google Drive. The application needs to be filled out in full and saved to the drive by the deadline. Then, the school administration evaluates grants to identify those that may be eligible for already-budgeted funds and to ensure consistency with current curriculum goals. Finally, those grants that aren't able to be funded through existing budgets are reviewed by NEED volunteers, who award grants based on available funds and a variety of other factors. We wish that we could fund every single grant application every year but we simply do not have enough money to do so. Those whose grants have been awarded will be notified and the announcements will be made public at a School Committee Meeting. Those whose grants have not been funded, please take a look on this page's Grant Resources section. There are local and national grant foundations that may be able to help you.
And don't forget to check with your on-site Parent-Teacher Association! They may be able to help fund a request that NEED cannot.
other grant resources
Norton Media Center - Norton Cable Access Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) foundation whose purpose is to facilitate coverage of community events and to provide free production studio space to give the citizens of the Town of Norton the opportunity to express and communicate via the Public Educational and Government Channels that are broadcast within the Town of Norton on Comcast channels 9, 15, and 98 respectively. The discretionary grants are for the purpose of funding technology only. Deadline: Applications are reviewed twice yearly – June and December. Applications for June review – submitted from April 15th to May 31st. Applications for December review – submitted from October 15th to November 30th.
Target Field Trip Grants - Teachers can use a grant to fund a school field trip that connects their curriculum to out-of-school experiences. It’s a great way to engage and inspire students. Deadline: Accepting applications between August 1st and October 1.
Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant - The Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program supports parent groups in the United States working to improve their children's schools across the nation. Any nonprofit school or parent group associated with a public K-12 school is eligible to apply for grants up to $5,000. Priority is given to one time projects for basic needs, and to projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Deadline: February.
National Education Association: Learning & Leadership Grants - The NEA Foundation provides grants to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Deadline: various.
Scholarships for High Achievers - The Davidson Institute for Talent Development is offering high achieving young people (under age 18) the opportunity to be named as 2011 Davidson Fellows. Scholarships in the amount of $50,000, $25,000, or $10,000 will be awarded to recognize a significant piece of work in the categories of Science, Technology, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy, or Outside the Box. Deadline: February.
Voya Unsung Heroes Grant - The Voya Unsung Heroes program recognizes K-12 educators in the U.S. for their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to positively influence the children they teach. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the U.S. and be a full-time educator, teacher, principal, paraprofessional, or classified staff member working on a project with demonstrated effectiveness in improving student learning. Deadline: April 30.