1. When can I submit an application to the Hipp Foundation?
The Foundation accepts applications postmarked up through March 1 of each year. Applications are reviewed once annually. Applicants are notified of their application status by the end of May.
2. If my Project Timeline begins before the school year (because of groundwork that needs to be done over the summer, and/or equipment purchases, etc.) will my application be disqualified?
No. Your application will be considered as long as your timeline begins no earlier than June and ends by August 1 of the target school year.
3. When do I receive the grant money?
You will receive up to half of your grant funds at a Grant Coordinators' Training meeting in June. If you need additional grant funds, you can request more at that time. You can begin spending the funds immediately after the June meeting.
4. Do I turn the grant money over to my school district?
No. The Grant Project Coordinator named in the application is financially responsible for the grant. By signing the application, the district superintendent and board of education offer their support to the project and agree to its implementation in the district by the Project Coordinator.
5. Is the grant money considered taxable income for the Grant Coordinator?
No. The Foundation structures the grant disbursement and financial reporting procedure in such a way to relieve the Grant Coordinator of the burden of I.R.S. reporting requirements. This is explained during the Grant Coordinators' Training.
6. Do you have to be a teacher to apply for a Hipp grant?
No. However, an applicant must be a New Jersey public school employee to qualify for a Hipp grant.
7. Do you have descriptions of previous grant recipients?
YES! Project descriptions are available here on the NJEA website.
If you have any other questions, contact us at HippFoundation@njea.org.