Grant Application Information

The FMPS mission statement is as follows:

“The purpose of Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools, Inc. is to create an independent, community-based corporation to enhance the quality of education in the public schools of Marblehead, Massachusetts. The corporation is not intended to reduce or eliminate the town’s responsibility to support its public schools, but rather to supplement and enhance existing school programs and activities and to make possible new programs and activities. The corporation will work cooperatively with other local organizations and individuals interested in the public schools, including but not limited to the School Committee, faculty and administrative staff and their associations, Parent/Teacher organizations, the Chamber of Commerce, and concerned citizens.”

Grant proposals will be evaluated according to how well they meet FMPS’s criteria. FMPS will be looking for proposals that target specific student groups, as well as those that support comprehensive programs for entire school communities. Innovative and creative proposals that directly impact the curriculum are a priority. Grants are awarded in all curriculum categories including fine arts, guidance, health/wellness, language arts, math, science, technology, and world cultures. Staff professional development and community/school collaborations will also be considered. Please refer to “Current & Past Grants” for a listing of previously funded programs and projects. The Board will consider both larger, more ambitious grants as well as small requests that target simpler needs.

It is not the aim of FMPS to provide funds that support current school operational costs. Funding may not be used for routine supplies and texts, utilities, a building’s operating costs, existing building and equipment maintenance, or staff salaries and wages. Proposals may, however, include a request for funds for project-related supplies and equipment, workshop fees, and/or educational resource materials. Any reusable materials and equipment made available through a grant will become the property of the Marblehead Public Schools. FMPS will not issue grants to compensate people on an hourly basis, but in certain cases a fixed stipend may be awarded. Eligible applicants may include, but are not limited to: school personnel, parents, community members and professionals, businesses, and community or school organizations.

The Board will consider grants in tiers (based on the amount of money being requested) and apply a stricter standard for grants of a higher dollar amount: a request for a $10,000 program must clearly meet a higher standard of expectations than a request for a $200 project.

Please read the instructions sheet carefully. Grant applications that are not completed properly by the posted deadline will not be accepted.

FMPS Grants Powerpoint

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FMPS Grant Application Intro 1.18.2017

Click here to access the 2017-2018 Online Application


2016-2017 Grants Committee:
Jennie Sheridan, Co-Chair
Molly Bushman
Constance Cooney
Maura Dartley-Rocco
Brett McCarty
Annemarie Rockwell
Lindsay Ryan
Nancy Thorne
Leanne Tirilok