Staff and Student Grants
Staff and Student Grants
HSEF is seeking the best new ideas in education in any number of disciplines including, but not limited to, STEM, literacy, social justice, mental health, fitness and wellness, civics education, special education, and physical space. HSEF funding supports all 22 local schools, central office, and departments such as school nursing, school counseling, food services, and transportation. In general, high value criteria include innovation, creativity, educational value, and student impact.
HSEF is rooted in innovation and the mission to bring the next best practices in education home to local students and teachers. We typically support these initiatives through two annual grant cycles:
Fall: Each fall, HSEF welcomes applications from HSE teachers and staff that support bringing new and innovative ideas to our classrooms and schools. The fall 2021 grant application deadline is midnight on Thursday, September 30, 2021. For the fall 2021 grant application, click here.
Spring: Piloted in Spring 2020, HSEF implemented a new student led grant program to support HSE21 Instructional Framework and best practices to provide students with an opportunity to use their student voice and choice to create a relevant learning experience. For FAQs regarding our 2022 spring student led grant cycle, click here. Spring 2022 student led grant applications will be available in November 2021.
After each application deadline, the selection committee comprised of teachers, district administrators, and community leaders, meets to determine recipients. This committee uses a combination of objective and subjective criteria when evaluating grant applications. Applications that clearly meet more criteria will generally be viewed more favorably during evaluation. In some instances, HSEF is not able to fund all requests due to budgetary constraints. This does not mean that a rejected application is inappropriate or unsatisfactory.
For HSEF general grant guidelines and instructions, click here.
Though each proposal will be evaluated, HSEF generally does NOT provide funding for the following:
- Highly consumable supplies including: apparel, food, and party supplies
- Incentives or monetary prizes
- Basic classroom or student needs including curriculum books without an innovative program
- Courses taken by staff for credit toward a degree or advanced salary schedule
- Compensation and benefits for employees or students
- Travel Expenses
- Student Club Expenses
Faculty and staff are encouraged to follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for additional reminders or changes to the process. Educators are encouraged to visit our community friendly funders page or connect with Kristen Wolf with questions related to the application process, technical assistance, or for funding needs that fall outside of our grant process.
Thank you for all you do each day to empower, encourage, and motivate our students!