Grant Application

Our fall grant round closed on October 27.

The Melrose Education Foundation is making up to $23,000 in grants available to Melrose Public School educators and staff. Grant recipients will be notified of decisions in late November 2017.

Educators and staff across all subjects and grade levels in all Melrose Public Schools are encouraged to apply. Grants can be used to fund professional development, technology, and curriculum materials to pilot new initiatives or to expand successful programs already underway to reach more students. This year, educators who apply for professional development opportunities that require local travel will be able to obtain a small stipend to cover mileage and parking.

For the first time, as part of this fall 2017 grants round, the Foundation is proud to launch a pilot program with the Roosevelt School PTO to administer $1,500 in PTO grant funding. The Foundation will also continue its ongoing collaboration with the Melrose High School PTO to administer $2,000 in grant funding, as well. By working together, the grants process is streamlined for educators and, in some cases, the organizations can partner on grants for greater impact and to reach more students.

How and When to Apply

  • The fall grant round is closed. We look forward to the spring mini-grant round.
  • For the fall grant round, if you’d like, you can use the Fall Application Worksheet to craft your grant responses before submitting. You can then copy and paste your responses into the online application. When spring rolls around, you can do the same thing with the Spring Mini-Grant Application Worksheet.
  • View the guidelines on this page as well as the rubrics and writing tips for more information about applying.
  • Also, review this sample application, which met our criteria and was funded in 2014. This is one good example of the many we received!
  • **NEW** in fall 2017: Grant applications for out-of-district professional development opportunities may include a stipend for up to $40 for mileage/parking. Please add this to the overall budget and reflect it in the budget break-down on the application.

Application Guidelines & Requirements

Applicants must communicate how this grant proposal will:

  • Impact a significant number of students
  • Align to district, school, and curriculum goals of the Melrose Public Schools
  • Encourage excellence and innovation in teaching and learning
  • Promote creativity and multidisciplinary learning
  • Be shared within professional learning communities across the district
  • Consider the needs of all learners, and specify what types of students will be affected
  • Have a sustainable impact beyond the initial implementation
  • Clearly state intended outcomes and how they will be measured

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Involve teams of teachers or collaborative groups
  • Directly impact a large number of students in the classroom
  • Demonstrate how knowledge gained through the grant is readily transferred to colleagues and is sustainable over time (for example, how training and subsequent projects might be repeated without significant additional funding)


  • Applicants must be Melrose Public School employees.
  • Only applications submitted on time via the online application will be considered.
  • Application must include a timeline for completion.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Recipients will be required to collaborate with MPS administration and/or the Melrose Education Foundation to report on, showcase, or publicize the grant.
  • Grant recipients must submit all required purchase orders and/or invoices, which will be paid by the Melrose Education Foundation.
  • Please review these application guidelines and scoring rubric before submitting your application.

What the Melrose Education Foundation grants will and will not fund:

Will Fund:

Will Not Fund:

Training materials

Routine classroom materials

Training, conference, class fees, and up to $40 stipend for mileage/parking for out-of-district professional development opportunities


Guest speakers for students and/or teachers

(Though a small stipend is allowed for mileage/parking for out-of-district PD.)

Consultant fees

Resources for professional study

Technology necessary to implement innovations

Classroom materials necessary to implement project-based learning that are above/beyond routine supplies