Teacher Grants

Transportation grants to Minneapolis Institute of Art available
Admission to the general arts collection at Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) is always free. Now the museum’s complimentary guide-led tours, paired with transportation grants from “Friends of the Institute,” enable your K-12 students to experience the museum at no cost.

Grants of $175 per bus (two buses per school maximum) are need-based and awarded to schools within 25 miles of MIA. The 2015-16 application deadline is Thursday, Oct. 1.

Apply for October/November grants now
October deadlines

November deadlines

Deadline Oct. 12 for Inspired Educator Grant
The goal of the Inspired Educator Grant program is: 1. To enrich and broaden educational experiences for students through projects that employ critical thinking, problem solving, and artistry; and 2. To give teachers an opportunity to implement creativity and innovation in their teaching practices that otherwise would not be available. The Inspired Educator Grant is offered through the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and is available only to SPPS teachers. A video, links to guidelines and the grant application form is available here. The application is due via email by Monday, Oct. 12.

Get help with fall grant applications this week
The final fall grants clinic is this week. Bring your ideas and projects that need funding, and receive help from the SPPS grants team for planning grant applications. John Stelter from the SPPS Foundation will be available to assist Inspired Educator Grant applicants.

  • 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at The Heights

If you can’t attend the clinic, assistance with your grant applications is only a phone call or email away. The grants team in the Office of Communications, Marketing and Development can direct you to potential grants and help you make the strongest case for your project. We also make sure your proposal is SPPS School Board-approved so you can spend your funds as soon as you receive them. To schedule a grants workshop at your school, or for individualized help, contact Lisa van der Steur at 651-767-8108 or lisa.vandersteur@spps.org.

Join the SPPS Grants Facebook group
Join the “SPPS Grants” Facebook page for up-to-the-minute advice, deadlines, answers to questions and other fascinating repartee. Facebook isn’t accessible from district computers; however, many SPPS teachers use Facebook, so join the group and stay connected.

Scholarship from Saint Paul Retired Teachers, Inc. available
Saint Paul Retired Teachers, Inc. (SPRTI) is offering 10 scholarships, worth $3,000 each, for the 2015-16 school year. The award is available for licensed, tenured staff enrolled in a graduate program this school year. To access the application, visit staff.spps.org/scholarships.

The application deadline is Jan. 29. Email applications to Deirdre Hagstrom at rdlkhagstr@msn.com. Scholarship winners will be notified in March.