Each year, The Partnership Plan makes grants to teachers for great ideas to inspire students and enhance instruction in their classrooms. These grants spark learning in students in every school in the District.
In 2017-18, we funded 32 classroom grants in the amount of $43,310. List and descriptions of all the grants.
It is not too soon for teachers to think about grant applications for our Fall grants cycle. The deadline is Sept. 30. If you have questions about whether your idea falls within our guidelines, please read these FAQs or contact Beverly Petrie at email@example.com or 651-439-3172.
GRANT RECIPIENTS, if you received a classroom grant for the 2017-18 school year, please fill out a short questionnaire telling us about the amazing things that happened. Thank you!
ABOUT THE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS
An easy online application process is necessary for all classroom grants. Applications are evaluated by a review committee composed of community members, ISD 834 teachers and administrators, and representatives from The Partnership Plan. The review committee makes a formal recommendation to The Partnership Plan’s Board of Directors for final approval. Grants are awarded to Stillwater Area Public Schools for use in a specific building or granted program, under the guidance of that building’s administrator. Grants are not transferable from one building to another.
The Fall grant cycle is TPP’s primary grant cycle. There may also be a Spring Grant cycle, if funds are available. The pool of funding for Spring grants is smaller. The Spring grant cycle may even be suspended, at the discretion of The Partnership Plan’s board of directors, for budgetary reasons. The committee evaluating Spring cycle applications will show preference to applications for projects that must begin early the following fall and/or couldn’t be envisioned during the previous fall’s grant cycle.
ABOUT THE FUNDING FOR CLASSROOM GRANTS
The funding that makes classroom grants possible comes primarily from annual fundraising by The Partnership Plan, and, secondarily, from its endowments. Several generous donors have established endowments for The Partnership Plan, with the annual proceeds from these endowments funding specific types of grants. They are listed below.
- Weingarten “What’s Best for Kids” – Enrichment of literature and reading at all grades levels.
- Dr. Thomas F. Linde – Enriching all music programs at Stillwater Area High School.
- The Ruth and Lyman Geary Arts Fund – Elementary and performing arts district wide.
- The Orchestra Legacy Fund – Enrichment of orchestra programs district wide.
- The William Lundquist Fund – Focuses on augmenting Elementary science program.
The application form allows teachers to designate their application for a specific endowment if they wish. However, applicants should know that The Partnership Plan strives to fund as many meritorious grant applications as possible, no matter the source of funding. When evaluating an application, the grants committee considers: innovation, student engagement, enhanced learning, adherence to grant criteria, bang for the buck, and the WOW factor.