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The Henry and Dorothy Castle Memorial Fund Request for Proposals 2011

Continuing Education for Hawaii’s Pre-School Teachers:
A Request for Mini-Proposals

Since 1895, the Henry and Dorothy Castle Memorial Fund has worked to develop a high quality early education experience for all children in Hawaii. This work must continue as we face unprecedented demand for well educated teachers as well pre-school directors. The Foundation, working with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and other funders, seeks to have every child reading at or above grade level by grade 3. Over the next 8 years, we will collaborate with additional public and private funders to reach this goal by helping to develop a superior pre-school experience for all of Hawaii's families.

To assist schools in meeting the needs of teachers seeking to continue their education and thereby meet rising accreditation standards, the Foundation invites expedited applications for up to $5,000 to be matched by a 20% contribution from the school and/or the teacher her/himself, to be applied to some or all of the following:

  1. books and supplies;
  2. transportation to attend classes;
  3. release time for teachers attending classes;
  4. cost of a substitute teacher;
  5. needed technology to assist teacher learning.
Mini-grant funds cannot be used for salary incentives, collage tuition scholarships, general operations, or travel to conferences. The Foundation provides scholarships through the University of Hawaii and Chaminade University.

Pre-Schools receiving a mini-grant in 2010 are not eligible for consideration in 2011. Preference is given to full accredited pre-schools and to those seeking accreditation.

Application Procedure:

Decisions will normally be rendered within 8-10 weeks.

Applications should be sent to the office of the Executive Director, Samuel N. & Mary Castle Foundation, 733 Bishop Street, Suite 1275, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. The short application should be a 2-3 page letter describing the needs of the school, the number of teachers needing assistance in the 2011 academic year, the school’s accreditation status and its commitment to the professional development of its faculty and school director.

The application must be signed by the chairman of the board of directors of the school and by the pre-school Director. The school and/or teacher(s) impacted must agree to provide at least 20% match or more for the amount requested (up to $5,000). For example, schools requesting $5,000 should expect to contribute at least $1,000 to the project.

The application should include proof of a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status, a detailed budget describing funds devoted to professional development, and a brief statement of how the project will be evaluated. All successful grant applications will submit a brief final report describing how the funds were used no later than 12 months from the receipt of the grant. Any unused funds must be retuned to the Foundation for regranting to other schools. Each pre-school will determine its method of selecting teachers and directors for support, but it is expected that the school board will play an active role in the process in concert with the school director.

Due Dates:

All applications are due February 1, June 1, or October 1. Trustees will review applications in April, August, and December.

Please contact Al Castle, Executive Director, at (808) 522-1101 if a school director has questions.

Final Report Guidelines for 2010-2011 Mini-Grant:

Since the size of a pre-school’s mini-grant is smaller than our Foundation’s normal grants, please use a shortened final report. This will be due within 12 months of the receipt of this grant and should include a 2-3 page narrative to include the following elements:

  1. Report on how the grant money was used and include a brief budget;
  2. Confirm that your pre-school did match our grant at a 20% rate or more;
  3. Include a brief description of the impact, if any, of the grant;
  4. Give a brief description of how your school will sustain support for the critically important education of the teaching staff;
  5. Although not required, a brief statement on how the Samuel N. & Mary Castle Foundation can be of help to your school and others in regard to continuing education will be helpful to us;