Teacher Mini Grants: Winter 2019

NEF will be awarding mini grants again this year for proposals that foster hands-on learning experiences. Proposals of all types will be accepted, but special consideration will be given to proposals that deal with STEM and student emotional and social well-being. We will not fund proposals that are for supplies or field trips.

General Information and Criteria

  • Awards range from $100-$500 (please include a detailed budget as funding is very limited)
  • Proposals must show value, creativity and innovation
  • Have a clearly defined evaluation process
  •  Engage students in meaningful activities
  • A committee of NEF members, educators and community volunteers will review your grant


  • The deadline to submit a proposal is 5PM on February 22
  • All submissions must be sent via email to info@norwalkeducation.org
  • Grantees will be notified in March of 2019

Mini Grant Application

Fairfield County Giving Day :  Click to Give on 2/28!!

Shark Tank:   3/8/19

Proposals Due 3/8/19

Presentations Due 3/27/19



Free SAT Prep Class for Junior:   4/6/19

Excellence in Education:    4/25/19

NEF_EinE_logo3 copyThe Norwalk Education Foundation in partnership with the Norwalk Federation of Teachers and the Norwalk Board of Education recognize Norwalk educators and excellence in education in each school


Excellence in Education Letter

Excellence in Education Sponsor Form

Excellence in Education Application

Excellence in Education Support Letter

Excellence in Education Support Nomination Form


Wellness Day:


Shark Tank :  Congratulations to our 4th Annual Shark Tank Winners!

School Students Project Winners
West Rocks James Bergin, Jaden Alicea, Alex Arpino ,Ryan Ruhnke, Guillermo Yoguez Robotics
Rowayton Caroline Sattler, Stella Sweitzer Robotics
Norwalk High Emma Guilbault, James Roberts, Jasmine Martins, Salverio Campagna, Tom McCarthy, Raj Parmar Robotics
Fox Run Bella Dropick Beautiful Hallways
Brien McMahon Billy Begos Drama Department Website
Norwalk High Holly Rybnick, Varun Thakkar NHS Practice Rooms
Brookside Abigail Kuffel, Camila Roldan, Jacqueline Contreras, MeiMei Kwok, Janet Jimenez,  Tiffany Pressat Reading Corner
Rowayton Evan Waters, Finn Steinborn, Pia Steinborn, Alexa Smith World Mural-5th Grade Legacy


Teacher Mini- Grants: Congratulations to our winners!


Norwalk Education Foundation

  • Mission

The Norwalk Education Foundation is committed to providing support for student learning experiences and enriching teacher practices.  Our mission is accomplished by collaborating with community partners to fund programs that enhance student learning, promote student well-being, and expand teacher resources and innovation.

  • Teacher Resources and Innovation

NEF offers teacher mini-grants to develop and implement instructional projects that motivate and challenge students to learn. Proposals must support unique classroom projects that enliven and enrich the curriculum.

  • Enhance Student Learning

The Shark Tank competition requires students to “sell” a proposal to enhance their school.  In the past, ideas have addressed academics, extra-curricular activities, social-emotional well being, physical health/nutrition and safety.  We awarded several thousand dollars to support 30 student proposals in the past 2 years.

  • Community Collaboration

The College Essay Mentor program began in 2015.   Teachers, administrators and volunteers from the community, were trained by a college essay consultant to coach high school seniors.  After the first year, an admissions officer from UCONN contacted Norwalk High School to say she has never read such great essays from Norwalk.

NEF partners with community organizations to host community outreach workshops.  This fall, we are hosting a College Admission Workshop and a Stress Management panel for teens and parents.

  • Student Social and Emotional Health

NEF’s newest initiative addresses the high levels of stress that research has identified as a major difficulty for adolescents. In 2015, we piloted a program to teach kids stress-reduction techniques like meditation. Based on the positive data collected through this pilot program, NEF plans to offer such workshops to all middle and high school students in the fall.  NEF also partners with Norwalk ACTS working with the Health and Wellness workgroup to bring mindful meditation to the high school students.

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