MEF Grant Application

Thank you for your interest in a grant from Munster Education Foundation (MEF).  It is our mission to help fund innovation in the classrooms of School Town of Munster. MEF has established two grant cycles per school year (awarded in mid-October and mid-March). Please read the following guidelines for submissions to ensure your request is considered.

  • Deadline = Sept. 29 before 5 p.m. Any grant requests which come in after a stated deadline will be held until the next cycle (grant application).
  • Top consideration is given to the following types of projects:
    • Provide innovative and/or experiential learning experiences
    • Impact a large number of students
    • Staff/teachers have come together to submit a grade/department/school-wide grant
    • Are sustainable and do not have other means of funding
    • Advance diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational experiences/opportunities for all Munster students
  • If the project cost is over the funding guidelines below, please indicate if other sources (such as PTO, corporate sponsors, or fundraising) will be sought.
Grant Tiers 2
  • Incomplete or unsigned applications will not be considered.
  • MEF grants are not designed to replace activities provided by STM funding but to supplement and enrich educational opportunities above and beyond our school district resources.
  • Repeat grant requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • MEF will not fund the following expenditures:
    • Apparel
    • Food and party supplies
    • Incentives or monetary supplies
    • Any type of compensation for STM employees and/or students
    • Travel, lodging, and food
    • Items or materials used for resale
  • All projects that involve technology must be reviewed and pre-approved by STM’s IT Department.
  • Notification of your grant status will be completed within one month of the grant deadline and introduced during an STM Board meeting.
  • Checks will be written directly to the school for use or for reimbursement to the educator.
  • All materials purchased will become the property of the STM.
  • If your grant is approved, please note the following requirements:
    • MEF's funding should be recognized publicly, such as on social media, signage/announcements at an event, press releases/emails, labels of purchased materials, etc.
    • Once your grant is finished submit this form with all of your receipts and photos to finalize within 30 days. Note: MEF reserves the right to utilize these photos for marketing purposes.
    • The grant writer must submit any further changes to approved grants. This will then be reviewed by the committee and a determination will be made.

Questions or concerns may be directed to the Grants Committee Chair Kristen Smith.