Teacher grants

Upcoming grant deadlines

Awesome Foundation

11/30 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA): Multiple awards

12/11 Education Minnesota Classroom Grants
12/22 Lillian Wright - C. Emil Berglund Foundation: Authors in the Schools

1/12/16 CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant
1/28/16 Fund for Teachers: Professional Development and Travel Grant

Fund for Teachers information session this Wednesday, Nov. 18
The Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation is hosting an information session on Fund for Teachers (FFT) on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 4:30-6 p.m., in the 5th floor cafeteria at 360 Colborne. Expect refreshments, advice from past fellowship recipients and advice on writing your application.

FFT provides educators with resources to pursue self-designed, professional learning experiences. FFT grants can be used for an unlimited variety of projects, all designed to create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students and their school communities.

Applicants must:

  • Be employed full-time as a PreK-12 teacher and spend at least 50 percent of their work week in direct instruction with students in a classroom or classroom-like setting;
  • Intend to continue teaching in the consecutive school year;
  • Have at least three years teaching experience as a teacher for grades PreK-12; and
  • Not have won an FFT fellowship in the last five years.

Individuals can apply for up to $5,000 and teams can apply for up to $10,000. Team members can be from different schools, districts or states; however, all members must meet the eligibility criteria. Upon award, fellows will receive 90 percent of their grant, the remaining 10 percent will be reimbursed after completing the post-fellowship requirements.

Education Minnesota Classroom Grants due Dec. 11
These grants are for licensed personnel who work with students and wish to improve their practice and student achievement. You may request up to $3,000 for a project you design now and implement in the next school year. Licensed personnel include classroom teachers, guidance counselors and others who require a license for their jobs. Education Minnesota  prefers projects that address the needs of diverse students or students at risk of failure, involve partnerships and are replicable.

These grants are awarded as reimbursements only. Recipients, or their schools, will need to make the expenditures up front, then bring receipts or other proof of expenditure to the SPFT office.

This is an excellent opportunity to fund special classroom projects, including artists in residence. No involvement from the SPPS grants team is necessary, nor do these grants require approval from the Board of Education. These awards are between Education Minnesota and its members. That said, Lisa van der Steur on the SPPS grants team is happy to help with the text of your application!

Apply for Authors in the Schools grant for SPPS elementary schools
All SPPS elementary schools are invited and eligible through the Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Foundation to submit an application for a visit from a children’s author or illustrator.

Four elementary schools this year will receive grants up to $1,000 to fund their author or illustrator visit. Grants will be awarded on the strength of the applicant’s plan to use the author/illustrator’s visit in support of the school’s literacy program. Special consideration will be given to authors and illustrators who support our district’s racial equity initiatives. Schools that have not received a grant in previous years will be given first consideration. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m., Dec. 22. Grants will be announced by email the week of Jan. 11.

Applications available here. If you have questions, contact Sue Braithwaite at susan.braithwaite@spps.org.

Awesome Foundation
"The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 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.

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. Although Facebook isn’t accessible from district computers, many SPPS teachers find a way to use Facebook. Join the group and stay connected.

Apply for Saint Paul Retired Teachers, Inc. scholarship
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 www.staff.spps.org/scholarship.html.

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