Grant Application Process

The FORWARD Foundation, in its continuing effort to enhance creative learning initiatives in our River Falls public schools, holds its annual grant application process every spring.  FORWARD values the extraordinary efforts of River Falls teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals who engage, challenge and inspire students throughout the district.  


Here is the process:

  1. Grant applicants may request up to $4,000.

  2. Up to $20,000 in grants are awarded at the end of each school year.

  3. The fund distribution committee uses a blind review process with all applications. If the committee has questions that are necessary for making a final decision regarding an application, they will contact the applicant(s) by phone or email

2019-2020 Applications must be submitted to Gary Campbell ( by April 2nd, 2020 @3:00 pm​

Frequently Asked Questions

Who has benefitted from FORWARD grants?

More than 100 applications have received funding through the FORWARD Foundation grant program. These grants have benefited countless numbers of students, teachers, parents and community members.

Who can submit grant applications?

Any teacher, paraprofessional or administrator employed by the School District of River Falls is eligible to apply for a grant.

Who decides which projects to fund?

The FORWARD board votes on recommendations made by its grants committee. Area residents who promote education and represent varied constituencies make up this board.

What types of projects typically receive funds?

The FORWARD Foundation evaluates grants based on the following:

  • The project is progressive, creative and/or innovative.

  • The project promotes increased student achievement.

  • The project is sustainable and replicable.

  • The project budget is complete and reasonable.

  • The project objectives and activities are clearly outlined.

  • The application is completed and is well aligned with FORWARD’s mission.

How much money is available for each request?

FORWARD awards up to $4,000 per grant application.

Do I need to include a detailed budget?

Yes. The application form identifies what to include and how.

Can I submit more than one application?

You may; however, a maximum of one project grant and one professional development grant will be approved for the same educator in a given school year.

How does the evaluation process work?

The FORWARD grant committee will review all applications blindly and make recommendations to the FORWARD Board of Directors. Once the Board of Directors approves the funding recommendation, the School District of River Falls administrators makes final approval.

How can I find out the status of my application?

Grant applicants are notified by email that their application has been received by FORWARD. Applicants may be contacted during the review process for additional information if necessary.

Does FORWARD fund technology requests?

The FORWARD Foundation believes in outfitting classrooms with new technology, as it advances learning for all students. As technology continues to evolve, FORWARD appreciates receiving grant requests for new, creative programming opportunities using the newest technology. The FORWARD grants committee and board favor requests that use technology in new ways and/or as a means to pilot a technology that has not yet been used within the School District of River Falls.

Still have questions?

Send us an email and one of our committee members will contact you.

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