Project Grants

  • Spring 2018 proposals due November 17, 2017
  • Fall 2018 proposals due May 7, 2018

Eligibility

National English Honor Society Project Grants are designed to encourage local chapters to be innovative in developing projects that further the goals of the Society. The Society will award a limited number of grants each semester, for no more than $200 each, to support local chapter activities that will be enhanced or made possible by the grant monies.

Any active chapter may apply. No chapter may submit more than one proposal in each semester; chapters receiving project grants may receive only one in an academic year. Projects must be organized and led by student members and must be endorsed and monitored by chapter advisors. Applications should be prepared by student members.

Appropriate Projects

Funds may be requested for separate projects or for parts of larger projects, and chapters should explore ways to use project grants in combination with funds secured from other sources. Appropriate projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Service projects connected to the discipline of English (writing competitions for local elementary or secondary schools, tutoring projects, literacy programs, library donations, book drives)
  • Projects that will bring visiting authors or poets to the local community or school. Such visits should be open to an audience beyond the membership of the NEHS sponsoring chapter.
  • Projects aimed at broadening appreciation for language, writing, and literature (workshops for elementary students, senior citizens, veterans groups, disadvantaged groups, etc.)
  • Activities aimed at increasing chapter membership or expanding the number of NEHS chapters in a particular community, city, or state.
  • Activities that link area Sigma Tau Delta (four year university or college institutions) or Sigma Kappa Delta (two year community college institutions) with NEHS.
  • Projects that link the NEHS chapter with national or international literacy efforts (i.e., supporting the efforts of such organizations as MyClassCares).

Grants may not be used to pay NEHS membership fees for members or for NEHS annual affiliation fees, nor to award scholarships, awards, and prizes for chapter members or advisors. The money may be used as awards for others participating in NEHS-sponsored activities (i.e., elementary writing programs).

How to Apply

In one doc or docx file please combine the following. Separate each section with a page break. Label your file: Project Grants [insert your school name]

  • A cover sheet should include: the project title, the total dollar amount requested (up to $200), and the names and full contact information for the chapter advisor, school administrator, and the student leaders who will direct the project. 
  • A 25 word abstract of the project appropriate for publication/publicity.
  • A written narrative, not to exceed 300 words, that describes the concept and need for the project and how it meets the goals of the Society. The narrative should identify the target audience, the timeline, the intended outcome, and how the project will be evaluated and publicized.
  • A budget; if the budget exceeds the amount requested, how will additional funds be secured? Provide details of how the money granted will be spent.

Attach brief, supporting reference letters from individuals supporting the project or who will be part of the group/organization benefitting from the project (elementary teachers, senior citizen home managers, charity group leaders, etc.). Label these files: Ref1_[insert your school name], Ref2_[insert your school name], etc.

Criteria for Selection

In making awards, the Project Grants Committee will consider criteria such as the significance and contribution the project makes to the goals of the Society; the proposal’s concept, clarity, and organization; the careful preparation of a budget; and the reference letters.

Application Deadlines

Project grant proposals for spring 2018 are due November 17, 2017. Project grant proposals for fall 2018 are due May 7, 2018Proposals must be emailed to nehsapply@niu.edu. Place in subject line: Project Grant, [insert your school name]. Recipients of grants will be notified as soon as possible after receipt of the applications.

All chapters receiving Project Grants must submit a final report of the project by the end of the spring semester. Final reports should be submitted on school letterhead and include an accurate accounting of funds expended. The chapter must also develop a project report, with accompanying pictures, for publication in the NEHS Museletter blog.