The Sun Prairie Education Foundation enhances extraordinary educational opportunities throughout the Sun Prairie Area School District by acquiring and distributing resources.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions that we are frequently asked about our funding guidelines. Should you have any further questions, or need assistance, please contact us at the phone number and address listed at the foot of the page.

How do I apply for a grant?

Applicants must complete and submit a Grant Request from our Web site.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3) or 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as not a private SPEF under Section 509(a). Hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental institutions meeting these requirements are eligible to apply. Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but not yet received a determination letter from the IRS are not eligible to apply.

Does the SPEF have an application deadline?

Yes.  The Sun Prairie Education Foundation, Inc. accepts and reviews Grant Requests only twice per year on the dates listed above.

What size grant should we request?

While the SPEF does not have a limitation on the size of grants, the average SPEF grant is approximately $1,000.

Do you have any geographic restrictions?

Yes.  The Sun Prairie Education Foundation, Inc. has geographic restrictions and its funding is limited to projects conducted within the Sun Prairie Area School District.

Do you provide general operating grants?

While the SPEF very occasionally awards grants for general operating expenses, such grants are infrequent and usually initiated by the Foundation. The SPEF prefers to provide programmatic support.

When will I get a response to my Grant Request?

The SPEF reviews Grant Requests twice per year and we ask that you allow up to three weeks for a response.

If our request was declined, when may we reapply?

Organizations may submit one Grant Request within a twelve-month period.

If my Grant Request has been accepted, what happens next?

When you receive an e-mail message indicating the SPEF is willing to consider a formal proposal on the basis of your Letter of Inquiry, you will be given detailed instructions on how to submit a formal application. Upon receipt of your formal application materials, please allow four months for the review process.

What projects are not eligible?

In general, Sun Prairie Education Foundation, Inc. does not fund:

  • Annual funds, galas, or other special-event fundraising activities
  • Capital campaigns/renovation projects
  • Debt reduction
  • Emergency or disaster relief efforts
  • Dissertation or student research
  • Indirect/administrative costs
  • Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying, or legislative activities
  • Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation in policy or in practice
  • Loans, scholarships, fellowships, or grants to individuals
  • Unsolicited requests for international organizations or programs
  • Unsolicited requests for ALS research projects

Will the SPEF make multiyear awards?

Multiyear grants are rare; most grants are awarded for a one-year period.

Will the SPEF staff conduct site visits?

Because the SPEF’s funding is local in scope, it is feasible to conduct visits as a matter of routine. When personal visits are not feasible, the SPEF may set up a conference call to gain a better understanding of the project or program.

Could I set up an appointment to discuss my project idea?

Sun Prairie Education Foundation, Inc. requires that you submit a Grant Request as the first step to help us determine whether or not an appointment may be necessary. Due to limited staff resources and the large volume of requests we receive, the SPEF does not conduct pre-proposal meetings.

How can I check on the status of my request?

You may check the status of your request through the Contact Us portion of our Web site.

If my Grant Request is declined, will you explain why it was rejected or critique the proposal?

Due to the large volume of grant inquiries and our small staff, it is not feasible for the SPEF staff to discuss with applicants the reasons for declining a request or to provide individual critiques of proposals we decline. Because the SPEF has limited financial resources, we are able to fund only a small percentage of qualified applicants. This means that many excellent projects, even ones that fall within our areas of interest, may not be funded. Please understand that a rejection of your Grant Request does not mean that the project lacks merit.

Who reviews the electronic Grant Request?

Grant Requests are reviewed by Sun Prairie Education Foundation, Inc. Grant Committee which makes recommendations to the SPEF.  All decisions concerning Grants are made by the SPEF.

Sun Prairie Education Foundation
P.O. Box 836
Sun Prairie, WI 53590-0836
Tel (608) 834-6734
Fax (608) 837-9311
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