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Important Dates: 

  • Application Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2022
  • Award Date: Friday, September 16, 2022

Grant Guidelines: 

Before applying for funding, please read the guidelines below.

  • Applications are 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.
  • District purchasing guidelines must be followed. No exceptions.
  • 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
  • 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: 

*We have added a few new categories! We consider the classroom anywhere learning occurs, whether that be on a field trip, in the classroom, on the ball field, or in counseling center, library or nurses office.

  • Classroom Projects  Any project that supports needs in a classroom or school setting. This can also include support for athletic needs, extra-curricular needs and support for other student activities.
  • Literacy: Any project that supports literacy needs.
  • STEAM: Any project that supports science, engineering, technology, arts and math needs.
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Any project that promotes and supports equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Mental Health: Any project aimed at providing support to students for mental health education, programing and awareness.
  • Community & Family Engagement: Any project that promotes and supports family and/or community outreach to enhance the success of students
  • Student Experience: Any project that includes field trip experiences aimed at increasing academic success of students.

Grant Criteria:

  • Need: How well does this grant meet the academic and/or social emotional needs (for mental health category) of students and/or schools?  How does this project help eliminate barriers to student success?
  • 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.


Back to School Grant Application

Back to School Grant Application
  • Please enter a number greater than or equal to 1.
  • * Do not round numbers up or down OR estimate budget amounts; be specific. * Each budget item must be listed separately, including field trip transportation costs, installation of technology, shipping and handling, etc. (NOTE: You do not pay tax.) * To benefit from contract prices and/or to be covered by district warranties, items available through SPS must be purchased through SPS purchasing department. For items not available through district purchasing, research the lowest cost elsewhere.
  • Please describe your grant fully, including how it would be implemented, what need is being met and how the requested funds would be used. Write so that a non-educator can understand your intent.
  • Please describe who this grant will benefit and how this grant would impact student's academic achievement and excellence in the classroom, describe how your project is engaging, relevant and personal.
    If your grant is to fund equipment or technology, do you currently have access to similar equipment? If this project is for technology it must be approved by the district administration and the technology department prior to submitting the application. For complete district guidelines visit the district website or call the IT department.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.