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Connie Gotsch Arts Foundation Grant

Title: CG Arts Foundation PD

Objective: Provide funding for registration, travel, and accommodations to secondary FMS Fine Arts teachers/staff to attend premier conferences or workshops of their choice. Opportunities include national/regional conferences of professional arts education organizations (e.g., Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference, American Choral Directors Association conferences, National Art Educators Association Conference).

Eligibility: FMS Fine Arts teachers are eligible for one CGAF PD funding request per FMS fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Teachers must be in good standing and possess a current personnel contract at the time of travel.

Funds Availability: CGAF will provide funding of $20,000.00 for secondary FMS Fine Arts staff. Funding is available on a first come, first serve basis. When all funding for the current fiscal year has been applied for, a waiting list will be started for the following year. Any funding that is not applied for or is unused by a staff member will revert back to the funding source and roll-over to the next fiscal year. The Fine Arts office will manage the funds through a separate line item to be provided by the FMS business office.

Additional Requirements: Staff members using CGAF PD funds will be expected to share out learning experiences with other staff members during professional development days and PLC time. Grant receivers may also be asked to share the impact of the conference experience at the annual CGAF Gala. The FMS Fine Arts staff will provide a copy of all approved applications to the Foundation.

Application Procedure:
  • Complete FMS Grant Questionnaire. Once approved, applicants will be notified to complete the on-line application.
  • Complete the online application and attach a Professional Development leave form to your application.
  • The PD leave form is found in First Class under FMS All-Staff>FMS Forms>Travel and Leave Forms.
  • The completed form must include accurate estimates for airfare, hotel, meal and other costs reimbursements as well as the conference registration fee (include in line 27).
  • The PD Leave form must be signed by you and your principal.
  • Absence Job # must be provided 30 days prior to travel.
  • All FMS travel policies are in effect for funding of travel.
  • Once approved, the Fine Arts office will inform you and provide instructions for making conference arrangements.
  • Applications may be submitted anytime during the fiscal year, but no later than 30 days before the intended conference (Example: The deadline for applying for an October 1st conference is September 1st).
A travel report must be submitted within 10 working days after completing the trip.
Staff members failing to adhere to FMS travel policies or any guidelines provided above will not be allowed to apply for CG Arts Foundation PD funds for three years.

Should you have any questions or need any help at any point in the process, please contact the Fine Arts Coordinator for assistance.

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