The CMD grants team oversees the development of district-wide grant applications to state, federal, national, and foundation funding opportunities. Last year, CMD secured over $14.3 million through these efforts. These multi-year, multi-partner, multi-million dollar applications demand great attention to many details and yield substantial dollars to implement the SPPS mission: a premier education for all.
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As funding opportunities arise, CMD alerts appropriate administrators or, in some cases, is alerted by administrators. Once a grant has been identified, the following steps take place:
Initiating Grant-funded Projects
If a grant application is funded, notify the grants team as soon as possible to share the news and to start procedures to accept the grant and initiate the program.
Letters of Support, Letters of Commitment and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs)
Many grants require written support in the form of a letter or a legally-binding document (MOU). CMD will work with you to secure administrative approval and the superintendent’s signature. Principals and program administrators may not sign these documents.
Organizations looking for support from SPPS must become Certified Partners with the district through the Office of Family Engagement & Community Partnerships (OFECP). Find the Partnership Onboarding Process here.
Once an external agency has filled out the online form, met with OFECP for a brief interview and received approved to proceed, CMD will review a draft letter of support, application and budget narrative (see procedures and forms here). Typically, Letters of Support and Letters of Commitment take a minimum of seven business days to process. Requested letters must be signed and authorized by the Superintendent.
Do Not Solicit List
The Superintendent is the key point of contact with certain foundations that have an extensive history and long-term strategic funding plan in place. If you would like to apply for funding from one of the organizations, please contact the Development team first.
Grants vs. Gifts
Gifts are not the same as grants. A gift may be for a specific purpose but has no requirements for reporting. It might be a donation for a playground from alumni, or a donation of products from a local company. The procedures for accepting gifts is managed by the Business Office.