For Teachers

Public School Proud Grant Application Guidelines

The Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation champions teachers and students by encouraging, promoting, and funding creative and innovative teaching strategies in order to enhance and enrich education in all Sioux Falls Public Schools. We want educators to bring us their next big idea, whether it’s in the classroom, their grade level, their building, or the district. This is a competitive process. Grants are blindly screened by an independent review committee, and the highest scored applications receive funds.

Grant Overview

  • Public School Proud Grants are due one time a year for implementation the following academic year. For an application, please email Allison Struck, the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation's Executive Director.
  • Grants for the 2024-2025 school year will be due December 2, 2024 at 5 p.m.
  • Grant applications may be for any amount up to $10,000. Educators requesting more than $3,000 may be asked to give a formal presentation to the Grants Committee.

Preference Will Be Given To Projects That:

  • Support district goals and curriculum content standards
  • Have unique or creative components
  • Include clearly stated purposes, student performance outcomes, methods, and evaluation processes
  • Enrich the educational experience for a large number of students or provide a greater intensity for a smaller group of students
  • Have a long-lasting impact on participating students or can be replicated for students in other classrooms or in future years

General Guidelines:

  • Educators can submit one proposal per year.
  • Administrator approval is required prior to submission.
  • Items the Education cannot fund or will not fund include: classroom pets or support animals; food or prizes that will be used as an incentive for good behavior; travel to work-related conferences; flexible seating; books; book vending machines; headphones; guest speakers; field trips; weighted blankets/vests/stuffed animals; or materials that require annual subscription fees. 
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