• Scroll down for the Back to School Grant Application Form located at the bottom of the page. 

Important Dates: 

  • Grant Writing Workshop: Wednesday, May 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Foundation Office, 1131 Boonville, upstairs conference room. Please RSVP by Friday, May 24, to Tina Pham at ttpham@spsmail.org
  • Application Deadline: Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Award Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Back to School Grant Writing Webinar: View this brief webinar for more details and tips on how to fill out your Back to School grant application.

Grant Guidelines: 

Before applying for funding, please read the guidelines below.

  • Applications should be completed online (limited to the format and space provided).
  • Only certified district employees may submit applications.
  • All questions must be answered with a complete budget.
  • Back to School grant applications are due by : Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Grants are always awarded early September.
  • Applications WILL NOT be accepted for food items, stipends, salaries, cost of substitute teachers or capital improvements.
  • Once your application is complete print a copy for your records and submit it.  (It is a good idea to save your application in a word document as well).  A confirmation e-mail will be sent.  If you do not receive an e-mail you may follow up with the Foundation at 523-0144.
  • There is no dollar limitation on Back to School grant requests. We will accept and review requests for any amount.
  • If this grant is for an outdoor classroom or garden project please make sure your project is approved by the SPS Grounds Management Department.
  • If your grant is for technology it must be approved by District IT and District Administration. Technology grants without IT approval will not be accepted. Please complete the IT Technology Request Form for Additional Devices and email it to Bruce Douglas at bdouglas@spsmail.org
  • If you have any issues with submitting the IT Technology Request Form from your SPS account, please contact the SPS IT Help Desk by phone at: 417-523-HELP or phone extension: 33333

Grant Categories:

  • Student Experience Grant: To provide funding for expenses related to academic field trips for SPS students.
  • Modern Learning Environment Grant: To provide funding for modern classroom furniture and supplemental technology not provided through IGNITE.
  • Classroom Projects Grant: To provide supplies, equipment, software, etc. to support an existing classroom or school need or implement a new project or program.
  • Community Engagement Grant: To provide funding to aid in community and family outreach programs.


Grant Criteria:

  • Need: How well does this grant meet the academic needs of the students and/or school?
  • Impact: Will it have a great impact on the students being served and how many students will it serve (take into consideration the longevity of use, potential for more years)?
  • District Goals:How well does this grant align with the SPS mission to prepare all students for tomorrow by providing engaging, relevant and personalized educational experiences today?
  • Well-written: Was this grant well-written, creative and well thought-out?
  • Sustainability: How sustainable is this project and what, if any, future plans for funding does the grant writer have?

If you have questions about your Back to School grant application, please call the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools office at 523.0144, or email Tina Pham at ttpham@spsmail.org

*IMPORTANT: We are experiencing issues with the automatic confirmation emails from our WordPress web site being blocked when they’re sent to spsmail.org accounts. Tina Pham will send a confirmation notification to you along with a copy of your application.