The Stephen Shane Fincher Memorial Foundation Educational Grant Program

The Stephen Shane Fincher Memorial Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for the 2016-2017 academic school year. The Foundation wishes to enrich the learning experience by supporting improved educational opportunities for students and educators in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering.

Deadline: October 14, 2016

Who may apply?
Teachers, administrators, and schools

What types of grants will be awarded?
The sky is the limit. We know that you have wonderful ideas to inspire your students and support their learning in the areas of mathematics, science, and engineering. Perhaps you need materials for a hands-on project or authentic learning experience. Maybe there’s a professional development opportunity that you and other educators could learn invaluable information by attending. Would a field trip expose your students to the subject matter? Does your school need equipment for real world application? Use this grant to innovate your instruction by supporting your students’ creativity and critical thinking skills. The Foundation will award up to $5,000.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  1. Create a sustainable educational resource that can be used beyond the current school year.
  2. Integrate projects with current curriculum (math, science, and/or engineering);
  3. Provide learning that will have long lasting effects; and
  4. Develop start-up projects

Rules for use:
Grant funds must be used as stated in the proposal. The deadline to use the funds is May 1, 2017, and all funds not used by this deadline will be returned to the fund. Principals will be responsible for ensuring projects are implemented and accounting report(s) are made to the Foundation by May 31, 2017. Materials obtained by the award of a grant shall become the property of the Cumberland County Public School System.

Proposal Instructions
Thank you for your interest in the SSF Memorial Foundation Educational Grant Program supporting Cumberland County Schools.

You will need the following information:

  • School and personal contact information including e-mail address
  • Number of students/educators benefited
  • Plan for implementation (including time line)
  • Budget
  • School Principal Approval

Grant proposals should be submitted on school stationary letterhead and should be no more than three (3) pages in length, excluding the cover page (shown below) and line item budget detailing proposal needs. No more than two (2) proposals will be accepted from any one (1) school. Proposals involving multiple schools will be considered. Proposal should explain need and purpose of project, goals and objectives, number of students and grades benefited and/or number of educators benefited and their respective positions, total amount requested including line item budget detailing how funds will be used, description of how funds will be tracked to ensure that proper accounting procedures are followed, and description of how the success of the project will be evaluated. Each proposal must be signed by the school principal and primary contact person for the project and must be mailed no later than October 14, 2016 to:

The SSF Memorial Educational Grant Program
PO Box 53674
Fayetteville, NC 28305

Recipients will be notified by mail and/or email. Awards will be made in January 2017 to the recipient’s school.

You can download the form here.

Grant recipients from Ferguson Easley Elementary