Apply for a Grant

CEEF grants encourage innovative and creative ideas that enrich the curriculum, support collaboration and partnerships, explore new teaching practices, impact a significant number of students, benefit future students by spreading to other classrooms and teachers.

We Encourage:

  • creative ideas that enrich the curriculum;
  • collaborative efforts among teachers, students, and the larger community;
  • major initiatives that significantly impact the school community;
  • ideas that benefit future students by exploring new teaching practices;
  • practices that can be replicated across grades and schools.

Writing Your Proposal

  • Think the “big” picture.
  • Keep it Simple. Convey your passion.
  • Be sure you address every question in the application.
  • Complete the Budget and Finances Section: be sure that calculations are specific and correct, that costs are accurately stated to enable the committee to understand exactly what is required.
  • Be Specific. We deliberate after presentations and therefore we shouldn’t be wondering what it is you are looking for; if it’s not there, we’ll be left guessing.
  • Talk about your grants anticipated outcomes. Be thoughtful about the ways which your activities will result in lasting impact on your teaching, your students and/or your colleagues and the Cape Schools.
  • Ask for help with completing your grant application if you feel this may be of benefit.


  • The ideas informing the project are sufficiently developed.
  • The project activities are well defined.
  • The applicant has provided all helpful documents to support the application.
  • The proposed budget seems realistic given the scope of the applicant’s plans.
  • The applicants will experience professional growth and /or renewal.
  • The project will enhance the applicant’s professional practice.
  • Students and /or colleagues will benefit from the project either directly or indirectly.
  • There are clear plans to share knowledge and perspective gained in the course of the project.
  • The applicant will acquire new knowledge or impact student learning.


  • The grant will have a significant impact for Cape students.
  • The proposed project supports excellence in teaching or is an innovative project or idea.
  • It explores an interest or passion that will in turn benefit student experience.


  • CEEF does not look to fund transport or accommodation costs.
  • CEEF may fund projects partially or in full.
  • Applications must be completed by the stated deadline.
  • Emails will be sent to applicants acknowledging receipt of the proposal.
  • Grant should be implemented during the current school year unless otherwise clearly stated and explained.
  • An original of the completed application form (electronic or paper version) must be submitted.
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions following board approval.


  • Educators who are the recipients of a professional development grant are not eligible for another professional development grant the following year.
  • Teachers should plan to work in Cape for at least one year following a professional development grant.
  • Grant recipients must submit the grant evaluation form upon completion of a project.
  • Teachers are asked to complete a feedback survey within one year of receiving their grants money.

To Apply

The application deadline for CEEF’s 2017 spring grant application is Monday, April 3, 2017.

Download the grant application CEEF-Grant-Application

If you have questions about the application process please either email Carmensol Kesselhaut,
Grant Chair or call Ellen Jordan, CEEF Executive Director at (207) 767-2333.

Thank you,
Carmensol Kesselhaut, Chair, Grant Committee
Ellen Jordan, Executive Director

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