SPSF Opens Grant Applications for 2021-2022 School Year
Nov 16, 2020
The Spokane Public Schools Foundation (SPSF) is now accepting grant applications from educators for the 2021-2022 school year. Each year, SPSF makes dozens of grants to educators in the Spokane Public Schools (SPS) School District ranging from $200 to $1,000.
The Foundation is an IRS-certified 501(c)(3) organization. Its Board funds grants to K-12 students in the second largest school district in the state, Spokane Public Schools. The Foundation funds innovative, creative, and problem-solving projects and programs presented to SPSF by teachers in classrooms. The competitive grants process is an annual effort offered in the spring of each year for the following school year. To date, SPSF has funded over $375,000 in relatively small to medium sized grants.
“We understand the importance of every student having the opportunity to excel and sometimes these classroom projects -- from robotics to biomedicine to music to sensor pathways that help our students who have trouble focusing -- are just the learning experience students need,” said K.C Constable SPSF Board Chair. “We are very thankful for business and individual sponsors who contribute to our foundation that allows us to make these important grants.”
Grant applications are open each year from November to April for the following school year. After the close of submissions, the Foundation grants committee makes the selection of the successful proposals.
The major criteria used in the selection process include:
- Creative and innovative activity or program
- Goals and measurable outcomes
- Number of students impacted by grant
- Student need based on free and reduced lunch population
- Budget amount
- Documentation of previous grants received by the applicant with its achievements back to the Foundation