Teacher grants

Upcoming grant deadlines





Awesome Foundation
"The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time," according to the group. This is a collection of local individuals giving gifts of $1,000 per month to "awesome" projects -- and YOU define what awesome means. Former SPPS communications director Su Yeager is one of the trustees; she encourages SPPS teachers to apply using the easy online application.


MRC offers grants for innovative projects and curriculum
The Multicultural Resource Center is offering grants of up to $500 to foster innovative projects and curriculum that promote student engagement and achievement, are culturally responsive and standards-based, and can be replicated by other educators.

The grants are open to licensed and non-licensed staff who work directly with students, either individually or in teams. All grant funds must be spent by June 10, 2016. Funds may be used on materials or experiences that directly impact student engagement and achievement. Applications will be reviewed on the first of each month through May 1.

Click here for the application and full guidelines, or visit the MRC website.

If you have questions, contact Sherry Kempf, MRC Coordinator, at 651-744-2635 or sherry.kempf@spps.org.

Grants Facebook group offers advice, grant opportunities
Join the SPPS Grants Facebook group for late-breaking teacher funding opportunities and helpful dialog with other SPPS staff. Join the group and stay connected.
Reminder from the Business Office about online fundraising
SPPS allows teachers/staff members/schools to raise funds on their school’s website through a link to pay.spps.org. Please contact Mary Engel at the Business Office if you are interested in setting up listings at the above link. Funds donated through the link are deposited monthly in the school’s intra-school account.

The district also allows schools to raise funds through Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation (SPPSF) on GiveMN.org. Funds are transferred to the school’s intra-school account from SPPSF, less a processing fee of 4.9%.

Other internet fundraising opportunities like GoFundMe.com, Fundly.com and other similar internet sites are not recommended for Saint Paul Public Schools teachers/staff/schools. See the grants team’s page on online fundraising for more information. If individuals choose to use those sites, they do so as individuals, not as employees of SPPS. It must be clear that donors are not making donations to SPPS, but are simply giving “personal gifts.” The district’s tax identification number cannot be used at these websites.