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Grants

Northeast Louisiana Reading Council
Chairperson Lennie Skipper
lynchskipper@aol.com

See www.lareading.org for more information and to download current applications.

LOUISIANA READING ASSOCIATION MINI-GRANTS

PURPOSE
The mini-grants are designed to enable persons in the field of reading to implement innovative educational projects which will either meet a new need or solve an old problem.

ELIGIBILITY
Any person who has been a member of IRA, LRA, and his/her local council for two or more consecutive years is eligible.  A past recipient may apply for another grant if all conditions (see the CONDITIONS section) have been met on the previously awarded grant.  The grant recipient must have submitted the following to the Studies and Research Chairperson:
1. Receipts of items purchased
2. Presentation Report form

AVAILABILITY
A maximum of eight $500.00 mini-grants will be awarded.  If any proposals with a budget of less than $500.00 are accepted, then funds may be available for additional mini-grant awards.

DEADLINES
Proposals must be received by April 1, 2005.  Mail to: Linda Malloy; Studies and Research Chairperson; Metairie Grammar School; 201 Metairie Rd.; Metairie, LA 70005.

SELECTION PROCESS
Blind review procedures will be followed by a committee of LRA members, representative of LRA membership and previous grant recipients.  Ratings of each proposal will be compiled by the Research Chairperson who will report results to the LRA Board of Directors.

NOTIFICATION
Recipients of the mini-grant awards will be notified by mail and recognized at the LRA Leadership Conference.

CONDITIONS
1. The mini-grants can only be awarded through an educational institution or a local council of LRA.  Awards cannot be given directly to individual investigation.
2. Recipients must adhere to LRA accounting/reporting procedures.
3. The research study or project must be conducted during the 2003 - 2004 school year.
4. Recipients must agree to present findings at the succeeding LRA State Conference or submit an article to Reading: Exploration and Discovery.


PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

1. Identify a feasible idea for a research study or project in the field of reading/literacy.

2. Type the information requested on the Mini-Grant Identification Cover Sheet and attach this sheet to the front of your proposal.  DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME, THE NAME OF YOUR SCHOOL, THE NAME OF YOUR COUNCIL, OR ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION IN ANY OTHER SECTION OF THE PROPOSAL.

3. State the proposal (no more than two to three pages) using the following format:

A.  TITLE

B.  OVERVIEW (What is the project about?  Why is it necessary (cite research)?  What learners will be targeted?)

C.  GOAL & OBJECTIVES (How do you expect to impact learning?)

D.  PROPOSED ACTIVITIES (What will you do to achieve your goal and objectives?)

E.  TIMELINE (When will each activity be performed?)

F.  METHOD OF EVALUATION (How will you determine that the project objectives have been met?)

G.  BUDGET SUMMARY (What is the estimated cost of each item that is needed?)

4. Discuss your mini-grant proposal with an administrator in your school or institution or your local council president in order to secure his/her agreement to handle the funds allocated by LRA.

5. Secure the signature of your local council/special interest group president or membership director verifying your LRA and IRA membership numbers and that you have been a LRA and IRA member for two or more consecutive years.  (See Mini-Grant Identification Cover Sheet)

6. Mail (by the due date) six copies of your cover sheet and proposal to: Linda Malloy; Studies and Research Chairperson; Metairie Grammar School; 201 Metairie Rd.; Metairie, LA 70005.

NOTE:  Please review the Mini-Grant Review Criteria prior to submitting your proposal to be sure everything has been included.  FAILURE TO ADHERE TO PROPOSAL GUIDELINES RESULTS IN AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION.  If you have any questions regarding the mini-grant program, please contact Linda Malloy at Metairie Grammar School, 1-504-833-5539.


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For Committee Use

MINI-GRANT IDENTIFICATION COVER SHEET
(Please attach this sheet to the front of your proposal.)

Name ____________________________________________________________

Address ____________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip Code ____________________________________________________________

Home Phone _(_______)__________________________________________________

Reading Council ____________________________________________________________

Title of Proposal ____________________________________________________________

School/Office ____________________________________________________________

Address ____________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip Code ____________________________________________________________

Work Phone _(_______)__________________________________________________

FAX _(_______)__________________________________________________

Teaching Position ____________________________________________________________

Are you a past recipient of a LRA Mini-Grant?  ______no      ______yes (if yes, year ________)

To be considered for this grant, I am aware that at this time I must be a LRA and IRA member for two or more consecutive years.  If I am awarded this grant, I agree to present findings at the succeeding LRA State Conference or submit an article to Reading: Exploration and Discovery.

LRA number _________________________ IRA number _________________________

_________________________________________ ______________________________
Signature of grant writer Date

I verify that __________________________________ has been a LRA and IRA member for two
or more consecutive years and that the LRA and IRA numbers above are correct.

_________________________________________ ______________________________
Signature of council president or membership director Date
LRA MINI-GRANTS -- ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS

1. Individuals are not authorized to act as the fiscal agent for the grant and must therefore arrange for either a school or local reading council to act in this capacity.  A representative of the fiscal agent must sign this form along with the grant recipient.

2. A balance sheet must be kept by the fiscal agent showing credits and debits.  This balance sheet as well as copies of all receipts for items purchased must be returned to the LRA Studies and Research Chair at the end of the fiscal year for which the mini-grant is awarded.

3. At the end of the fiscal year, any unencumbered funds must be returned to the LRA treasurer.

4. The approved submitted proposal will serve as a guideline for this project.  All funds must be expended in accordance with this proposal.


I agree to comply with the above conditions.

_________________________________________ ______________________________
Signature of grant writer Date

I agree to serve as the fiscal agent for this mini-grant.

_________________________________________ ______________________________
Signature of fiscal agent Date

Mailing address of fiscal agent:

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

Phone: (          ) ___________________________________________


PRESENTATION REPORT FORM
(This form is to be submitted to the Studies and Research Chairperson upon completion of the Conditions of the LRA Mini-Grant.)


Name ____________________________________________________________

Title ____________________________________________________________

Date ____________________________________________________________


As a Mini-Grant recipient, I chose to fulfill the conditions of my LRA grant by:

(Check and complete either number 1 or number 2.)

1. _______ submitting an article to Reading: Exploration and Discovery.

A. Date article was submitted ________________________________________________

B. Title of article ________________________________________________

C. Date article will appear ________________________________________________

D. Attach copy of acceptance letter


2. _______ submitting my findings at the LRA State Conference.

A. Date of conference ________________________________________________

B. Place of conference ________________________________________________

C. Time of presentation ________________________________________________

D. Title of presentation ________________________________________________

E. Verification Signature ________________________________________________
Signature of LRA Conference Registrar


MINI-GRANT REVIEW CRITERIA
Do not submit this section.  It is included so applicants will know the criteria for judging.

Adherence to Proposal Guidelines (A no response results in automatic disqualification.)

_____  1. Does the proposal follow the designated format?

_____  2. Does the proposal exclude any information that would identify the applicant, the school, parish, or local council?

_____  3. Have all components of the mini-grant criteria been submitted?  This includes:
(1.) the mini-grant identification cover sheet
(2.) six copies of the proposal
(3.) the accounting procedures and regulations sheet
(4.) the grant writer’s LRA and IRA numbers
(5.) the signature of the council president or membership director

Proposal Merit 
(Evaluate the extent to which the proposal addresses the following questions.  Rate the proposal using 3 to indicate an excellent response, 2 to indicate an average response, 1 to indicate that improvement is needed, or 0 to indicate that the item is not addressed.)

_____  1. To what extent does the project address an important problem or need?

_____  2. To what extent does the applicant demonstrate thorough understanding of the problem or need as evidenced by review of the literature, etc.?

_____  3. To what extent does the project represent an appropriate response to the problem or need described?

_____  4. To what extent does the project represent investigation of an improvement upon or departure from existing practice?

_____  5.  To what extent is the proposal learner-centered?

_____  6. To what extent does the project demonstrate potential for impact on instruction?

_____  7. To what extent is the project well designed with clearly related goals and objectives?

_____  8. To what extent are the proposed activities appropriate for attaining the desired outcome?

_____  9. To what extent does the plan for evaluation assess desired outcomes?

_____ 10. To what extent is the budget appropriate for the proposed project?



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