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FAQs: Forward Together Grant Program


"We got the jumpstart we needed to make the music video project a reality. Nearly 6,500 people viewed it on YouTube, and my students felt the whole Madison community supporting them."

- Kyle Walsh, 2014 Forward Together Award Winner

Q:Who can win a Forward Together Award?

Winners will have a passion project or unique idea that demonstrates vision, passion and drive in their school district. Any school district personnel can win. Entries can also be nominations for anyone—nominate yourself or your friends/colleagues.

Q:What is the Forward Together Award?

For the third year in a row, WEA Trust is hosting a grant program to support cutting-edge school projects in Wisconsin. WEA Trust will grant three $3,000 awards to educators and school personnel.

The Trust is proud to partner with Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials, and Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators to promote the Forward Together Award.

Q:Where is the award taking place?

Projects will originate in Wisconsin school districts. The top 25 projects will be given an honorable mention by the end of February. The three Forward Together Award winners will be announced publically at the beginning of March.

Q:When can people apply for the award?

Wisconsin school district personnel have one month to apply for the Forward Together Award. WEA Trust will accept project proposals from Friday, January 1 to Sunday, January 31.

Q:Why is WEA Trust sponsoring this award?

At WEA Trust, we recognize that some of the best ideas in Wisconsin’s schools go unnoticed and unfunded. That’s why we’re giving three $3,000 grants to support school projects. Your innovation deserves celebration.

Q:How will the award be evaluated?

We invited education experts in Wisconsin to help us select the winning projects. They will choose three winners based on the following criteria:

  1. Vision – “More than believing things can get better.  It’s seeing how to get there.” 
  2. Passion – “More than enthusiasm. It’s knowing why.”
  3. Drive – “More than dedication. It’s gritty Wisconsin work ethic.” 
  4. Educational value – does this project add value to student education?
  5. Impact – will $3,000 make this project successful?
  6. Viability – project submissions must provide a basic plan for how the money will be used and when the project would be completed.