Shared Campus Grants Program
The Shared Campus Grants program will support activities and interventions that promote and foster community building between the schools in each shared campus. Shared campuses can yield more than just the efficient use of space. A structured partnership between and among schools and school leaders can have a direct positive impact on student achievement. The purpose of this initiative is to build campus communities that foster collaboration, the sharing of “best practices”, and engage parents and families across the campus.
What will the Shared Campus Grants program fund?
1. Activities that fall under the following categories implemented during this academic year:
- Professional and Leadership Development: Opportunities for teachers and school leaders to improve effectiveness in raising student achievement; e.g. lecture series or school staff, weekend leadership retreats, teacher exchange programs, other opportunities to share best practices
- Parent and Family Engagement: Activities that wil include families in the process of creating the campus culture; programs that will provide families with enrichment opportunities; e.g. workshop series for parents, holiday dinners for campus families, career coaching seminars, etc.
- Shared Campus Identity: Using color, messages and art to communicate to students, staff, families and the greater Newark community that there is a shared campus committed to academic excellence; e.g. campus mural projects.
2. The Shared Campus Grants program will NOT fund facilities projects.
3. The Shared Campus Grants program will ONLY fund efforts that are identified, implemented and managed by all school leaders sharing the campus.
This round of grant making will focus on having the majority of the funds in the pool allocated and the first installment disbursed by September 21, 2012. However, since local, regional, and national foundations are able to contribute to the Fund through the fall of 2012, eligible schools may be able to request additional funds if and when they become available. We will be sure to stay in communication with you in order to address that possibility if it should arise. Please note that all funds are restricted for use during the 2012-2013 school year, and that the district model schools that are eligible to apply to the Fund are not restricted from applying to other foundations and funding sources (including those participating in the Fund) for additional support for other needs.
It is likely that awards will range between $50,000 and $100,000 dollars. The returning group of participating funders includes the Prudential Foundation, the Foundation for Newark’s Future, the Schumann Fund for New Jersey, the Victoria Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and others. Additional funders (some making decisions within the next four weeks) and their respective Foundations will be added and recognized as the Fund grows in size and impact.
NOTE: The Trust will take into consideration student enrollment numbers across the campus.