xMinds Educator Funding Application
Our mission at Partnership for Extraordinary Minds (xMinds) is to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of the autistic students in Montgomery County. To advance this mission, xMinds is offering grants to help motivated MoCo teachers, para-educators, administrators, and related service providers purchase classroom materials to enable them to better support autistic students.

During the xMinds Winter Wishlist Campaign (winter months of 2021-2022), individual grants of up to $100 each will be awarded on a rolling basis by the xMinds Educator Support Committee, who will select the recipients from the applications received. xMinds is currently seeking outside funding for this campaign (as of 11/30/2022).

The Educator Support Committee will, in its sole discretion, determine which applications to grant, considering the Board’s assessment of both the quality of the training or materials requested and the applicant’s potential to make use of them to advance the mission of xMinds. The Committee may give priority to new applicants, but will consider every application.

Application Requirements:
1) Provide a clear, detailed explanation of how you will utilize the training/materials to improve the educational experiences and/or outcomes of students on the autism spectrum with whom they work.

2) State the needs of the students with whom the educator works and specify how the training/materials will be used to enhance your work with the students.

3) Provide an invoice (if seeking direct pay from the grant) or a receipt showing proof of payment (if seeking reimbursement) to the xMinds Executive Director Sue Keisler (skeisler@xminds.org).

4) Any applicant who ultimately receives a grant will be REQUIRED to provide feedback to xMinds after they complete their training or receive curricular materials. xMinds will contact the grant recipient with a short survey to learn how he/she has been able to use the training or materials.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROCESS? Please contact the xMinds Educator Support Committee Chair, Marci Skigen (marciskigen@gmail.com).
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Email *
First and Last Name *
Complete Address (where xMinds will send your reimbursement check) *
Name of school or other organization in which you teach/provide services. (Note that this must be located in Montgomery County, MD): *
Job title and description of your work: *
Name and description of materials (or training) you wish to purchase with the grant: *
Cost of materials (or training). Please specify the price of each item as well as the total grant requested: *
Please explain in detail how you will use the requested curricular materials (or training) to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum (minimum 50 words; maximum 300 words). Please include in your response the nature of your students' needs and how the requested funding will be used to benefit them. *
Have you previously applied for an xMinds grant? *
If awarded a grant, do you agree to provide feedback to xMinds when we ask you later how how the materials worked out? *
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