Public School Proud Grant Application Guidelines
We champion 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 teachers to bring us their next big idea, whether it’s in the classroom, their grade level, their building, or the district. The Education Foundation’s strategic priorities are:
Innovative instructional strategies and materials
Provide value-added educational materials and/or programs not otherwise financed through public funding
Public School Proud Grants are due one time a year for implementation the following academic year. Applications must be submitted electronically via Google forms by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on January 10, 2020
All funded grant recipients commit to informing the Education Foundation’s executive director when the grant is being implemented so that it may be promoted. A grant report must be submitted to the Education Foundation upon completion of the project or no later than May 1 of the implementation school year. The grant report form includes an evaluation of the project and summary of findings. If you have questions, please contact Allison Struck, executive director, at Allison.Struck@k12.sd.us or by calling 605.367.4484.
Grant applications may be for any amount up to $10,000. Proposals requesting more than $3,000 may be asked to give a formal presentation to the judging committee.
Preference will be given to projects that:
Support district goals and the Education Foundation’s strategic priorities
Have unique or innovative components (i.e. pilot projects, model programs, experimental efforts and creative programs) to enhance the educational experience and is endorsed by the district’s Curriculum Coordinator.
Are outlined and have 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.
Positively impact the equity issue among schools. The Education Foundation Board endorses the school district philosophy of equal access for students among and across the schools of the district.
Have a long-lasting impact on participating students or can be replicated for students in other classrooms or in future years (for example through lessons learned, or continued use of materials or resources)
Require a start-up support rather than ongoing funding. Applications may apply for additional funding in a future grant cycle but should not rely on or assume subsequent funding.
General Guidelines and Strategies for Success:
Grant applications must explain how they will make parents, teachers, and school communities aware of their Public School Proud Grant and its impact on their school/students in order to increase foundation awareness.
Grant proposals requesting salary or employee travel costs will not be considered.
If you are requesting funding for a guest speaker, visiting artist, or to purchase materials such as DVDs, please provide either credentials, a brochure, website address and/or description of the speaker, artist, or materials. Approval by building administrator is required.
Funding for capital equipment may be awarded if it is to purchase equipment that is unique, not funded elsewhere, and may be considered a model for future use across the district.
These grants are made possible through the personal and corporate financial contributions made to the Sioux Falls Public School Education Foundation. These donors value quality education and have chosen to support these efforts with their financial contributions.