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School Improvement & Grants

Overview
The duties of this department are to assist in meeting the district mission, vision, and goals by helping schools and staff in identifying funding opportunities, develop projects to support educational programs, and to administer and monitor awarded projects.  Additionally, to provide technical assistance and leadership in relation to programs and plans funded and/or mandated by the State and Federal government programs so that student achievement will increase and requirements for funding guidelines are met as well as local grants awarded.

All grants applied to by Sandusky City Schools including those applied to by individuals, schools, or departments, must follow the Grant Application Process.  This process ensures that applicants have the necessary information to complete the grant funder application and that it is aligned to the districts mission statement priorities and goals.  Competing proposals are not to be submitted prior to this process and grant applications being submitted must be well-developed in concept as well as provides support our students.
Current Competitive Grants
Giving Network Funding
Description:  Grants of up to $10,000 and grants starting at $10,000 to nonprofit organizations and accredited educational institutions in eligible areas for programs in areas of safety, community building and environmental responsibility.  
Deadline: July 24, 2020; and September 18, 2020 for requests of $10,000 or more
                   Requests of up to $10,000 will be considered at any time.

Educators for Outstanding Family Engagement Projects
Description:  Grants of $5,000 and $20,000.  Funding is intended to support the implementation of the recipients' innovative ideas to engage families in the educational process.
Deadline:  June 26, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M

Subaru of America (SOA) Foundation Grants
Description: Funding is intended to support career readiness and employment skills training programs.  The Subaru of America Foundation aims to support the work of organizations that are empowering the growth and development of children and young adults through career exploration with relevance to job readiness and job skills training. There are two applications, one for youth career exploration and one for employment skills training.
Deadline:  June 30, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.

Instrument Matching Grant
Funding Source:  Classics for Kids Foundation  
Description:  The Foundation offers matching grants for all of the instruments in the string family (including guitars and ukuleles).
Deadline:  June 30, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.

COVID-19 Response Student Success Grant
Description:  Grants of $2,000 and $5,000 to USA eligible educators to address student needs in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline:  July 15, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.

Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation
Description:  The Jacob and Teresa Hershey Foundation awards Environmental Education Grants to promote environmental literacy, with funding for elementary and secondary schools, museums, and nonprofit organizations. Requests may be for operating, project, or capital grants, with emphasis on innovative ideas that produce multiple benefits and measurable impact.
Deadline(s):  Letters of Inquiry are accepted from June 5 through July 17, 2020
Grade Levels: PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult
Content Area:  Science

Community Mini-Grants Program - Improve Dental Health
Description: Grants of up to $5,000 for projects, programs and services that address the dental health needs of adults and children (at risk populations and promote oral health education).
Deadline:  July 31, 2020

American Honda Foundation Grant
Description: Grants of up to $75,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, public school districts, and private and public elementary and secondary schools for children's and youth education programs. Priority areas of funding include the environment, literacy, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and job training.
Deadline:  August 1, 2020

Kids Run the Nation Grant
Funding Source: Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)
Description:  Grants of up to $1,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, running clubs, and elementary and middle schools to implement structured youth running programs. Funding is intended for either a start-up program or a pre-existing program. Eligible programs are those that are more than just a one-time event and should be running programs that ideally utilize the RRCA’s Kids Run the Nation youth running curriculum.
Deadline:  August 1, 2020

Buckeye Book Fair Literacy Awards
Funding Source:  Buckeye Authors' Book Fair Committee
Description:  In-kind grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations, libraries, schools, and reading programs to promote literacy. Grant programs provide free books and author visits. The purpose of this program is to encourage reading and to promote books written about, or by, state residents.
Number of Awards:  The Buckeye Book Fair will award up to five (5) gift certificate grants. The Buckeye Book Fair will award up to two (2) author visit grants.  Gift certificate disbursements will be for either $350 or $500.
Deadline:  August 1, 2020

Ingram-White Castle Foundation Grant
Funding Source:  The Columbus Foundation - Ingram-White Castle Foundation (IWCF)
Description:  Funding is intended to strengthen educational institutions, address vital human service needs, prepare students for their entry into the work world, and serve disadvantaged students while helping them achieve academic success.
Deadline:  August 1, 2020

The Mockingbird Foundation Grant
Description: Grants range in size from $100 to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to children and youth.
Deadline:  August 1, 2020

K-12 Classroom Teacher Grant
Funding Source:  Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)
Description:  Grants of $500 to USA educators for classroom projects and lessons related to aviation. The Society of Aviation & Flight Educators, Inc. (SAFE) is offering grants designed to encourage K-12 classroom teachers to incorporate aviation-themed lessons into their normal curriculum.  Aviation and aerospace topics are the perfect adjunct for teaching science, math, history, and even art.  Aviation and aerospace are topics that generate enthusiasm with all types of learners and all ages of students.
Deadline:  August 31, 2020 

STEM Education Grant
Funding Source:  Bayer Fund
Description:  Grants averaging $25,000 and grants starting at $25,000 to schools, and libraries for K-12 general and STEM education programs.  Bayer Fund supports programs that inspire and nurture Kindergarten through 12th grade students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).  Higher priority is given to STEM education, but Bayer Fund also accepts applications to improve basic academic skills in reading, math, and science around the world.  Funding may support, but is not limited to, in-school programs, technical training programs, and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs.
Deadline: August 31, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.

Target Youth Soccer Grants
Funding Source:  Target
Description:  Grants of $1,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, schools, and public agencies to support soccer programs for children and youth between the ages of 5 and 18. This grant offers support for field and player equipment, registration fees, and professional development and training for volunteer coaches. Preference will be given to programs serving in-need communities.
Deadline:  September 1, 2020 @ 11:59 P.M.

PE4Life and Speed Stacks Sport Pack Grant Program
Funding Source:  Speed Stack
Description:  In-kind grants of sports equipment to schools to provide students with a fun and unique sports experience that promotes the development of motor skills, fitness, sequencing, patterning, concentration, and focus, as well as ambidexterity and hand-eye coordination. The grant consists of a 30-set Speed Stacks Sport Pack.
Deadline:  Ongoing - Applications must be submitted by the 15th of the month during the September through June school year.

Costco Wholesale Donation Grant
Funding Source:  Costco Wholesale
Description:  Costco Warehouse Donations: Donations to local organizations and groups, which focus on children, education or health and human services. Cash cards may be issued in lieu of monetary or in-kind requests.
Deadline:  Ongoing

PNC Foundation Grant 
Funding Source: PNC Foundation
Description:  Grants to USA schools, in multiple States for programs in the areas of quality early childhood education, affordable housing, community development and revitalization, community services, and arts and culture.  The PNC Foundation supports educational programs for children and youth, particularly early education initiatives that serve low-and moderate-income children (birth through age five), their teachers and families.
Priority is given to programs that focus in the areas of math, science, the arts or financial education.
Deadline:  Ongoing

Mini Grant Program
Funding Source:  Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC)
Description:  Grants of up to $1,000 to Ohio K-12 teachers to support innovative projects in the STEM fields, with a particular emphasis on aerospace-related activities. Funds may be used for the purchase of supplies and materials, as well as for field trips that are integral to the project.
Deadline:  Ongoing

Classroom Technology Grant Program
Description:  In-kind grants for the installation of advanced AV technology solutions in classrooms.
Deadline:  Ongoing

Sony USA Foundation Grant
Description:  Grants in the areas of culture, arts, environment and technology.  Within each of these areas, the Foundation places a special emphasis on education.
Deadline:  Ongoing

Powerful Communities: Local Impact
Description:  Funding is intended to support summer reading programs, environmental education, habitat and species conservation, energy-sector workforce development and extracurricular enrichment for disadvantaged students.
Deadline:  Ongoing
Awards:  Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $10,000

OSGC Student-Innovative-Creative-Hands-on Project (SICHOP)
Description:  Ohio undergraduate students, groups, and faculty mentors to support hands-on projects related to STEM, aeronautics, space science and engineering and earth science.
Deadline:  Ongoing
Award:  Grants of up to $5,000

Mary Pope Osborne's Gift of Books
Description:  In-kind book donations to USA Title I schools and Title I teachers, as well as other schools and after-school programs.
Deadline:  Ongoing

Justin J. Watt Foundation 
Description:  Grants to USA middle schools to purchase sport equipment and uniforms for after-school athletic programs.
Deadline:  Ongoing - Applications must be received by the 15th of each month.

SparkFun Community Partner Program
Sponsor:  SparkFun
Award:  STEM/STEAM-related prize packages, event, and team sponsorships and other types of support
# of Awards:  Varies
Application Deadline:  Ongoing: third Thursday of each month; awards announced on the last business day of each month

Corning Foundation Grants
Description:  Corning Incorporated grants money to K-12 school districts, four-year institutions,
and community colleges for instructional technology projects, student scholarships, and facility improvement.
The foundation also funds community service programs for students.
Available Funds/Award:  Varies
Deadline:  Ongoing

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Grants 
Deadline:  Ongoing
Award:  No more than 10% of an organization's annual operating expenses or 25% of the total budget for the project being funded; awards have ranged from the hundreds to the millions of dollars.
# of Awards:  Varies
Qualification:  Project should "directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, family economic stability (including microfinance) and childhood health."
https://www.msdf.org/apply/

Toshiba America Foundation Project-Based Learning
Grants for Grades 6–12
Sponsor:  Toshiba America Foundation
Award:  Two categories: Up to $5,000 and more than $5,000
Number of Awards:  Not specified
Deadline:  Up to $5,000 awarded on a rolling basis; Feb. 1 deadline for applications for more than $5,000 
Description:  Teachers who are passionate about making science and math more engaging for their students.  Any science or math teacher in a public or private (nonprofit) school is eligible to apply, but the endorsement of a school official is required.

STEM - Grants for Grades K-5    
Sponsor:  Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Group Companies, Toshiba America Foundation
Deadline:  Year-round
States:   National
Description:  The Toshiba America Foundation offers grants to elementary-level teachers for projects that focus on improving science and mathematics education.  The goal is to provide teachers with additional funding to support innovative ideas for hands-on classroom projects.

The Charles Lafitte Foundation
Description: The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying, and enriched lives. The foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research and initiatives, and the arts. CLF helps individuals gain access to schools, from preschool through college, by issuing grants and taking an active role in exploring new approaches to education.
Eligibility:  Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations), Charter
Focus:  At Risk, Family/Social Services, General Education, Homeless, Migrant, Native/Tribal American, Professional Development, Special Needs, Technology, Technology Ed, Underserved Populations
Awards:  Awards vary
Deadline:  Applications are accepted year-round
Grade Levels:  6-8, 9-12, Higher Ed, 3-5, K-2, PreK
States:  National

American Honda Foundation STEM Grants
Sponsor:  American Honda Foundation
Award:  $20,000 to $75,000
Number of Awards: Not specified
Application Deadline:  Feb. 1 and Aug. 1 for new organizations; May 1 for returning organizations

Mobile Beacon Connect for Success
Sponsor:  National Education Association Foundation
Award:     Up to 25 laptops and 4G LTE hotspots with free 4G LTE
                high-speed internet service for 12 months
# of Awards:  Not specified
Application Deadline:  Ongoing (quarterly)

NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants
Sponsor:  National Education Association Foundation
Award:  $2,000 or $5,000
Number of Awards:  Not specified
Application Deadline:  Feb. 1, June 1 and Oct. 15 of each year

MicroGrant Program for Educators & Teachers
Sponsor:  Educators of America
Award:  Equipment (varies by request)
Number of Awards:  Not specified
Application Deadline:  Ongoing (quarterly:  January, April, July, October)

Big Yellow School Bus Program
Organization: Ohio Arts Council
Grant Amount: up to $500 for transportation
Deadline: 12/31/2020
Description: The Big Yellow School Bus program provides support for the travel costs associated with arts-related school field trips. Private and public schools (pre-kindergarten through secondary) and associations for home-schooled students may apply for up to $500 for transportation costs associated with educational field trips to galleries, museums, festivals, exhibitions and performances. Applications are being accepted and are due no later than eight weeks prior to the date of the proposed event. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis for as long as funds are available.

Resources
Tryvan Leech
Tryvan Leech, M.Ed.
Director, School Improvement & Grants
p: 419-984-1990
Board Policies on Grants
What is the Sandusky City School District board policy on grants?

The board policy DECA-RADMINISTRATION OF FEDERAL GRANT FUNDS 

The board policy DECA-RPROCUREMENT – FEDERAL GRANTS/FUNDS

The board policy DID-R - FEDERAL PROGRAMS FIXED ASSETS

The board policy DFCGRANTS FOR PRIVATE SOURCES
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