Staff Grant Application

Kennedy Staff Grants (also known as Teacher Grants)

Teachers and Staff please find your Grant Application Form here!

The Kennedy PTA grants funds to Staff/Teachers to benefit the Kennedy Middle School community. Application proposals may come from an individual teacher or staff member or a group of Kennedy teachers and staff. While weight is given to proposals that offer school-wide access to students, staff members are also encouraged to submit proposals that will benefit individual classrooms or grade levels.

What may I submit my grant application for? Proposals may be for projects, activities, books, equipment, or anything that enhances, improves or nurtures academic development, social-emotional-attitudinal development, specific skills, or the desire of the students to learn/create, consistent with the District’s Academic Performance Standards. What about Professional Development for teachers? Professional development grants are not encouraged but will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Typically, registration fees for the training event will be covered. Other costs such as Travel, Lodging and/or Meals will be considered on a case-by-case basis subject to the availability of funds.

Who may submit a grant application proposal? Any staff member at Kennedy is eligible to apply for a grant by submitting this form.

When should I submit an application proposal? There are two seasons for proposals: Fall and Spring. Fall applications this year will be reviewed if the proposal is submitted any time, but no later than the end of day Thursday, October 1, 2020. Spring applications this year will be reviewed if the proposal is submitted no later than Monday, March 1, 2021. Please submit as early as is practicable, because sometimes the board will need clarification of your proposal (which will add another month, between board meetings). Ideally, applications should be submitted at least two weeks before the next PTA board meeting, and at least one month before the funds are needed. This is so that the PTA Board can review the application, take action, and notify you. (The PTA board meets once a month on the second Monday of the month)

How much funding may I apply for? Technically, there’s no upper limit to the Staff Grant, however, the typical grant is in the hundreds of dollars. Larger amounts are also considered but these will be considered with an eye to a proportionally higher benefit to the students.

When is the decision made on my proposal, when will I find out? If you submit two weeks ahead per the guidelines above, you should get your decision at the next board meeting. You’ll be notified of the PTA board’s decision in the week following the board meeting.

When do I receive the funds if my proposal is accepted? After the PTA board approves your grant proposal, you will be notified of the approval. Then you will be free to make the purchases per your proposal and submit the receipts to the PTA board for reimbursement.

What responsibilities do successful applicants have? You will need to follow through on the project to completion, submit all receipts for reimbursement, and provide an evaluation report at the end of project regarding the results and to what extent the goals were achieved.

What should I do if I still have questions? Please email kennedymspta@gmail.com with your questions. Thank you!