2009 Making the Grade applications available
DETROIT — The 2009 Making the Grade applications for Detroit schools are now available. The multimillion-dollar education initiative, in its fifth year, seeks to identify and replicate good schools in the city. In 2008, The Skillman Foundation awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to Detroit elementary, middle and high schools, with eligible schools receiving $10,000 to $100,000 each.
The application process uses nine indicators of student and school success to help identify Good Schools. Detroit principals from public, private, charter and religious schools may apply for the funding to maintain or attain these standards. Grant monies may be spent on professional development and training; parent and community involvement; and equipment and materials for students.
Schools submitting elementary or middle school applications must complete them and provide all necessary documentation by 5 p.m. Nov. 12. High school applications and documentation are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 15. All packages can be submitted to The Skillman Foundation, 100 Talon Centre Drive, Suite 100, Detroit, Michigan 48207.
Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods — Southwest Detroit (Vernor and Chadsey/Condon), Brightmoor, Osborn, Central and Cody/Rouge — and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.