Grant FAQs

Grant FAQs

This page has been updated for Fall 2021

  • Who is eligible for an EPAK grant? Generally, teachers with student-facing roles are eligible. Categories include: Pre-K through 12th grade classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading intervention teachers, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, health & wellness teachers, makerspace teachers and school librarians from the schools that EPAK serves (the list of schools can be found here). Other student-facing positions may be considered on a case-by-case basis. (email allocations@epak.org for information.)
  • When can I apply for an EPAK grant? The online applications will be available early August through September 15 for Fall semester, and early January through February 15 for Spring.
  • What types of items will be funded? As schools return to in-person instruction, EPAK recognizes the extraordinary challenges that teachers continue to face since the beginning of the pandemic. While some of the exceptions that were made for remote learning in 2020-21 will no longer be funded, the requirements for eligible projects remain flexible in Fall 2021.
    • Approved Categories for Fall 2021 Grants:
      • Materials for class projects such as science experiments, maker spaces, socio-emotional regulation work, classroom culture building
      • Field Trips as allowed by the school
      • Books, supplies, and manipulatives needed for the transition back to in-person instruction
      • Individual items like whiteboards, coloring materials, headphones–items that would normally be shared materials but cannot be shared for safety reasons
      • Subscriptions or fees to instructional apps and online educational sites for student use
    • 2020 exceptions for remote learning will no longer be approved:
      • Incentives and gift cards
      • Postage
      • Personal Protective Equipment or health-related supplies
      • Teach-from-home equipment such as printer cartridges, document cameras and other accessories
    • EPAK does not fund the following:
      • Salaries, food, or school uniforms
      • Classroom furnishings or decorations
      • Student groups
      • Professional development, Teachers Pay Teachers or similar
  • What is the amount of a grant? The current maximum amount of our grants is $750. New Teacher grants are an additional $375
  • How do I write a grant application? Grant applications must contain a clear, concise description of the proposed project. Choose an innovative project that addresses the educational needs of the students that you work with, in up to two content areas. Include a detailed requested budget with specific items and prices related to the project proposal. Contact other teachers or your site liaison for ideas.
  • What is a PPR? A Post-Project Report is a brief description of how your project benefited your students, and how grant funds were used. Scans or photographs of receipts are required.
  • Why was my application not approved? The selection committee looks for clear descriptions of projects to enhance student learning in the classroom. Occasionally a grant application will not be approved because of missing information, a project that does not fit into the parameters of EPAK’s mission, or ineligibility of the applicant based on prior grant processes. Make sure post-project reports for all previous grants have been approved before submitting a new application. The Allocations Committee will contact you by email with an explanation of an application that was not approved. Please email allocations@epak.org if you have any questions.
  • Do I need to spend the grant funds before cashing the check? No! Please deposit checks immediately. They will be voided if not cashed in a timely manner, and the recipient may not be eligible for the next grant cycle. If a check is lost, a $30 stop fee will be taken out of the replacement check. If you do not use the funds by the end of the semester explain the reason in your Post-Project Report and return unused funds to EPAK.
  • My project didn’t work out. Can I use my grant for something else? Requests for changes in use of funds must be submitted to allocations@epak.org and be pre-approved by an EPAK board member.
  • What if I can’t find my receipts? If receipts are lost, a teacher must show the materials purchased to their principal or director, who must write an email on the teacher’s behalf to allocations@epak.org stating that the materials were indeed purchased (or field trip taken, etc.).