Teacher Grants: November 20, 2017

  • Ongoing

    Awesome Foundation

    Upcoming deadlines

    Bruce Vento Science Educator Professional Development Grant -- due Dec. 8

    Education Minnesota Classroom-Focused Grant -- due Dec. 8

    Air Force Association Aerospace -- due Dec. 15

    Fund for Teachers (self-designed professional development fellowships) -- due Jan. 31

    Teachers: Design your own summer fellowship, including travel, with a Fund for Teachers grant
    Grants from Fund for Teachers enable teachers to design their own summer fellowship to experience “professional growth and development to support student success, enrich their own practice, and strengthen their schools and communities.” Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams may apply for up to $10,000 (while team members may be from different schools, districts or states, all members must meet the eligibility criteria).

    Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • A full-time preK-12 grade teacher, curriculum specialist, curriculum head, Special Education coordinator, media specialist/librarian, or other type of educator who spends at least 50% of your time directly teaching students;
    • Returning to the classroom in the consecutive school year; and
    • Have at least three years’ experience as a preK-12 grade teacher at the end of this school year.
      • Student and substitute teaching do not count towards the three year requirement

    Previous recipients must wait five years before reapplying.

    Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2018. Please allow the SPPS Grants Team to review your proposal before you submit it. Contact lisa.vandersteur@spps.org.

    Elementary teachers: Bring an author to your school
    Since 1999, SPPS has received funds from the Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Foundation to bring authors into elementary schools to provide enrichment opportunities and to encourage students to enjoy reading. Up to five elementary schools can receive grants up to $1,000 to fund an author or illustrator visit before the end of this school year. See the grant application at http://bit.ly/LillianWright2018 for additional details.

    Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Authors in the Schools is due Jan. 2, 2018 at 4p.m. Grant winners will be notified via email the week of January 8, 2018.

    All author visits must occur by May 30, 2017. The awarded money may cover fees for the author or illustrator. The grant will not cover materials or books. Schools must designate a coordinator to be the contact person and make arrangements for the author’s or illustrator’s visit, including their cost and availability, before submitting the grant application with a brief application describing their plans.

    If you have questions or trouble submitting the Google form application, please contact valora.unowsky@spps.org, K-5 Literacy Specialist.

    Grant support for teachers
    SPPS has a staff member whose job is to help teachers write and receive grants. Email Lisa van der Steur at lisa.vandersteur@spps.org or call 651-767-8108. Her “Easy Money” presentation explores many options for bringing resources into classrooms, including grants and online platforms like DonorsChoose, Adopt a Classroom, and GiveMN.

    Approval required for grant applications
    Nearly all grant applications must be approved by the Superintendent and Board of Education. Please submit completed applications to lisa.vandersteur@spps.org to be routed for approvals and inclusion on the school board agenda. You can’t spend your grant award until it has been approved, so don’t wait until you hear the good news to contact us.

    Post a project on DonorsChoose
    Several SPPS teachers have discovered that DonorsChoose is an easy way to bring needed materials into the classroom. The way it works:

    • Teachers post projects on DonorsChoose, specifying the exact items (not cash) their classrooms need.
    • DonorsChoose vets every project, verifying the value of those items and making sure student privacy is protected.
    • Foundations, corporate partners, and individual donors identify projects they’d like to support and help fund them.
    • Once a project has been funded, DonorsChoose orders the teacher's requested items and ships them to the school. They verify every school address, and they never ship cash.
    • DonorsChoose alerts the principal and other registered teachers at that school in advance of every shipment, via fax and email, so they know when to expect the materials.
    • After materials arrive, teachers are required to upload photos and a description of how those materials are being used in their classroom.

    A few SPPS teachers have had multiple projects funded through DonorsChoose. They have shared their advice and ideas on the Grants Schoology group (access code GXJHM-69NRS). The SPPS Grants Facebook page is another forum for discussion of DonorsChoose, as well as late-breaking grant opportunities, fundraising trends, and SPPS grant winners.