Grant Application Guidelines, Deadlines and Procedure
Waldorf Schools Fund, Inc. is supportive of independent schools and initiatives that promote, implement, or deepen the educational principles of Rudolf Steiner. True to the founding impulse of Waldorf education, W.S.F. acknowledges the universally human in all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex, age or disability.
The fund is pleased to receive grant applications from independent schools and teacher education institutions that are eligible under the restrictions of the Trust - that is, they are full members of AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and located in the United States. Successful applicants will receive approved grant funds in a check from BNY Mellon Bank of New York. The disbursement will be from the Nancy B Laughlin Trust. Nancy Laughlin was a deeply committed anthroposophist in Olean, New York, who recognized the importance of Waldorf education. To help support Waldorf education, she set up this trust, naming Waldorf Schools Fund as an adviser to the bank administering the trust.
In addition, the Waldorf Schools Fund may make gifts from the Fund’s own limited resources, which, in the past, have helped schools which are affiliated with AWSNA but not yet full AWSNA members, or associated organizations providing services which directly benefit Waldorf schools. The deadline for these applications is March 1st, and such applications will only be considered at the Spring meeting. Since these funds are very limited it is advisable to contact the WSF President before submitting an application.
In the case of emergency needs, please contact the WSF President to discuss the possibility of assistance between the regularly scheduled meetings.
Grants have been made to independent schools and adult education centers for the following purposes:
· Contributions to scholarship funds at the Waldorf teacher education centers in the United States.
· Projects of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America benefiting member schools—conference travel, publications, accreditation, and development.
· Capital projects such as the purchase of new property, building, expansion, renovation projects, equipment
· Maintenance, repair projects and aesthetic improvements for buildings and grounds
· Innovative programs
· Support of conferences
· Programs and consultations that deepen the teaching at a school
The Waldorf Schools Fund is not able to support schools or initiatives outside of the United States, or to make grants in support of the tuition for children to attend a Waldorf school. Parents are encouraged to work with their local Waldorf school regarding tuition assistance.
March 1st for applications from eligible Waldorf Teacher Training Institutes, and for institutions that wish to apply for the Fund's own limited resources, as described above. September 15th for applications from eligible Waldorf Schools.
In general, the Board encourages applications from eligible Waldorf teacher education centers to be submitted for the spring deadline, and applications from eligible Waldorf schools and AWSNA to be submitted for the fall deadline.
New reporting requirements for grants made to Waldorf schools are now in place. The deadline for reports on grants made to Waldorf schools is August 15th. That is, no later than one month before the next application deadline. There are currently no changes to reporting requirements of Waldorf Teacher Training Institutes.
CURRENT APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Compile 6 (six) packets of the completed application.
A complete packet will include:
· Cover sheet available as a download file below for schools or institutes which may be filled in or the information supplied in your own format on a single cover sheet
· Request Letter on school letterhead or with complete contact information
· Income and expense statement for the previous fiscal year
· Balance sheet for the previous fiscal year
· Institutional budget for the current fiscal year
· Budget for the specific project you are applying for if this is not spelled out in the request letter
· Other supporting documents, as you may consider appropriate.
Convert the complete package, including all documents, into electronic form (PDF's are best) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the deadline. Then, send 6 (six) complete packets by mail to Dave Alsop, WSF President, 78 Alexander Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901, postmarked in advance of the applicable deadline.
CURRENT REPORTING PROCEDURE - WALDORF SCHOOLS
In order to remain in good standing with the fund and to apply for future grants, it is required that all grant recipients supply a letter stating that the funds were used for the purpose specified in the grant application. Further, we are now requiring that school grant recipients send us a report detailing actual outcomes of the project in relation to the goals of the project. A report form for this purpose is available as a download file below. Please send the letter and report to Dave Alsop, WSF President, 78 Alexander Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 no later than August 15th. The Waldorf Schools Fund also requests that you send a few photographs, if appropriate for your project, so the we can post these on this website as they become available.
Click link below for School Cover Sheet:
Click link below for Institute Cover Sheet:
Click link below for Waldorf school Report Form: