FEDCO Charitable Foundation

  • Overview

    The FEDCO Charitable Foundation was created when the FEDCO chain of stores closed in 1999. After creditors and employee benefits were paid in full, the remaining assets of more than $7 million were used to establish the FEDCO Charitable Foundation, a supporting organization of the California Community Foundation, whose staff coordinates the grant distribution process.

    Through the Teacher Grant program, the FEDCO Charitable Foundation provides support to public school teachers in Los Angeles County to provide innovative hands-on and field learning experiences to students.

    Applications for the Norwalk/La Mirada and Culver City Unified School Districts are now closed for 2018 and will open again in June 2019. 

    For applicants in other school districts:

    • ABC Unified School District: FEDCO teacher grants are now administered by the ABC Education Foundation. For more information, please visit their website.
    • Los Angeles Unified School District: FEDCO teachers grants are now administered by the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP). The online application is now available and can be reached here. Applications will be accepted until November 22, 2018. Teachers will be notified of funding decisions by January 31, 2019. For any questions, please contact Maya Donnelly (mdonnelly@laep.org).
    • Pasadena Unified School District: FEDCO teacher grants will be administered by the Pasadena Educational Foundation. For more information, please visit their website.

    For questions please reach out to fedcofund@calfund.org.

    John Garcia III, Ed.L.D.
    Program Officer, Education
    213-413-4130 Ext. 262
    fedcofund [@] calfund [.] org

  • Eligibility

    In addition to CCF’s general eligibility requirements:

    • You must teach K-12 full-time at a public or charter school in one of the following school districts: LAUSD, LACOE, ABC, Culver City, Norwalk-La Mirada or Pasadena Unified.
    • Approval from your school administrator is required with the grant application.
    • Your project should be connected to core curriculum standards and include all students in your class.
    • Your project should include engaging and creative experiential learning activities linked to common core standards or integrate community related topics. (e.g. a nature-themed field trip, a series of experiments, a visit to a museum or cultural institution or community involvement).
    • Your project should increase student academic achievement in one of four areas: language arts, math, science or social studies.
    • Your project must include a final group project for all participating students.

    Note: For application-related questions, or information about the FEDCO Teacher Grant Program, please contact John Garcia III, Ed.L.D., program officer, education, at fedcofund [@] calfund [.] org. For technical assistance, please contact a member of the Grants Team at 213-239-2330.

  • Key Information
    • An estimated total of $160,000 is available for the 2018-19 school year.
    • If you are applying as an individual, your grant request must range between $500 and $1,000.
    • Multiple teachers at one school may collaborate and submit a joint application to request for up to $2,000. Joint applications should be from a team of teachers instructing a similar grade level or subject area at the same school. If you are submitting a joint application, only one teacher may submit an application.
    • You must apply either individually or as part of a joint application. You may not submit grant applications for both.
    • You may use grant funds for expenses specific to the project, such as transportation, pre- or post-field trip materials or the creation of final student projects.
    • You may not use grant funds for computer hardware or video cameras, or to pay salaries or substitute teachers.
  • 2018 Timeline
    • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Friday, June 29, 2018: Applications for funding accepted.
    • August 2018: All applications reviewed and decisions made.
    • September 2018: All teachers are notified of their application status and grants are distributed.

    FEDCO grant applications are open through June 29,2018. To learn how you can apply, view our application guidelines.

  • FAQs

    FAQs

    ELIGIBILITY

    Are private school teachers eligible to apply?

    No. Private school teachers are not eligible.

    Are charter school teachers eligible to apply?

    Yes. Charter school teachers are eligible.

    Are preschool teachers eligible to apply?

    Yes. Preschool teachers, like other teachers, must demonstrate the strength of the learning objective as it relates to California standards for the project or the field trip.

    If I reside in Orange, San Diego or San Bernardino County, am I eligible to apply?

    No. Please refer to the following organizations to review the eligibility guidelines and deadlines for Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino County:

    Orange County: Orange County Community Foundation

    Applications are available in September.

    San Bernardino County: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

    Applications are available in September.

    APPLICATION

    Why do you need my school’s tax ID#? How do I find my school’s tax ID?

    We need to have a Federal Tax ID# (EIN) on file for every organization to which we grant, including schools. If you do not have the school EIN on hand, we suggest requesting the information from your administrator or from finance or payroll personnel who is most likely to know the number. The format looks like this: EIN: 95-3510055 (Tax ID# for California Community Foundation).

    Can I use a FEDCO teacher grant to pay for the transportation cost for a field trip?

    Yes.

    Can a portion of my grant support the hiring of a substitute teacher?

    No.

    What is the GeoCoding form?

    We ask that you select from a dropdown menu the Service Planning Area (SPA) in which your school is located. To find your school’s SPA, click here.

    Can I submit a paper application?

    No. We only accept online applications.

    Can I view a copy of the application?

    Yes. Click here to view the application.

    AFTER SUBMISSION

    When can I expect to hear back on the decision?

    August 2018.

    When can I expect to get the check?

    September 2018.

    What will be required of me once I have obtained this grant?

    Once you receive the grant, you will be required to submit a final report by June 17, 2019 to report on the project/field trip. Instructions on submitting your final report can be found here.

    Who do I contact for more questions?

    If you have any questions or need additional information about the FEDCO program, please contact John Garcia III, Ed.L.D., program officer, education, at fedcofund [@] calfund [.] org. If you need technical assistance, please contact a member of the Grants Team at 213-239-2330.

  • Apply Now

    Applications for the Norwalk/La Mirada and Culver City Unified School Districts are now closed for 2018 and will open again in June 2019.

    For applicants in other school districts:

    • ABC Unified School District: FEDCO teacher grants are now administered by the ABC Education Foundation. For more information, please visit their website.
    • Los Angeles Unified School District: FEDCO teachers grants are now administered by the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP). The online application is now available and can be reached here. Applications will be accepted until November 22, 2018. Teachers will be notified of funding decisions by January 31, 2019. For any questions, please contact Maya Donnelly (mdonnelly@laep.org).
    • Pasadena Unified School District: FEDCO teacher grants will be administered by the Pasadena Educational Foundation. For more information, please visit their website.
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