Grant Criteria 

The DEF funds two types of grants:  educational project grants and professional development grants.  See below for the criteria for each. 
Educational Program Grants


A proposal is appropriate for a DEF educational program grant if it:

  • Displays innovative/creative educational ideas and programs
  • Enriches or enhances existing educational programs
  • Provides students with learning experiences that encourage creative thought processes and problem solving skills
  • Is a student-driven proposal
  • Consistent with curriculum goals of the school system, where applicable
  • Includes clearly-defined goals, activities, outcomes
  • Fosters school/community relationships
  • Impacts a significant number of students/residents
  • Falls outside the regular municipal or school budgeting process
  • Encourages leadership and creativity in teachers, administrators and students


o   Applicants must be staff of the Duxbury Public School system


o   Applicants can be from community organizations with compelling proposal

DEF WILL consider funding:

  • Equipment, supplies, and materials necessary for implementation
  • Training, if required, for implementation of the project
  • Consultants or outside speakers
  • Workshop fees
  • Stipends


  • Salaries or substitute teachers
  • Routine supplies and operating costs (e.g., text books, utilities, building maintenance).
  • Refreshments
  • Lobbying or religious purposes
  • Scholarships
  • Sales Tax (the DEF will provide you with a tax-exempt I.D. number in order to purchase materials)
  • Grants are not intended to replace or relieve existing responsibility for public funding, nor are they intended to substitute for normal budget growth and maintenance

Professional Development Grants

A proposal is appropriate for a DEF professional development opportunity grant if it:

  • Improves practice, curriculum, and student achievement
  • Demonstrates application to professional growth and renewal
  • Leads to development of creative educational programs
  • Allows teacher to broaden knowledge and skills
  • Explores new and innovative teaching methods
  • Leads to collaboration with colleagues and students, potentially across disciplines and grade levels
  • Provision to exercise professional leadership by sharing new learning with colleagues


  • Applicants must have been teaching in the Duxbury Public Schools for at least three (3) years
  • Grant recipients must plan to remain teaching in the Duxbury Public Schools for two (2) years after completion of the project
  • Teachers may apply individually or as part of a group
  • Coordinator, Director, Assistant Superintendent or Department Chair (where applicable) and Principal must indicate that the Professional Development opportunity is appropriate

DEF WILL consider funding:

  • Conference registration fees
  • Travel to and from conferences and research sites outside the local area
  • Consultants or speakers in educational fields to work with teachers


  • Coursework toward degrees
  • Regular curriculum development normally funded by the school budget
  • Stipends or substitute teachers
  • Refreshments