The Olathe Public Schools Foundation awards grants through three main programs: classroom grants, the Susan Spears Memorial Kindergarten Grant, and the Women's Giving Circle.
Classroom Grant Program
Classroom grants are awarded in four main categories:
- Innovative classroom grant - up to $2,500
- Hidden Glen Visual Arts grant - up to $2,000
- Need-based grant - up to $1,000
- Building/District-wide grant: up to $5,000 for projects impacting multiple classrooms, grades, or schools
Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $120,000 in grants.
The first grant cycle for the 2017-18 school year is now open. Certified educators may submit a grant application to the Foundation offices at the NLSC. Applications are due in our offices by 4:00 p.m. on the cycle deadline date. Grants that request any hardware or software must include a Technology Approval form that has been reviewed by Dr. John Anderson.
Grant Deadlines for the 2017-18 school year are:
- Thursday, September 14, 2017
- Thursday, November 16, 2017
- Thursday, February 22, 2018
Grant applications will be considered in two steps. First, applications will be screened for compliance with our minimum eligibility standards. Applications that meet the minimum eligibility standards will be compared to other proposals using competitive standards in the following areas:
- Innovation or Student Need
- Educational outcomes
- Student success
Susan Spears Memorial Kindergarten Grant
The Susan Spears Memorial Kindergarten Grant was established to honor Susan Spears, a career educator in the Olathe Public Schools District. She taught from 1986 to 1998, when she became an Instructional Resource Teacher (IRT). Susan was honored to be an IRT until her retirement in 2011. Up to $1,500 is available per year. Her final message to everyone, “I want you to go out and BEE Happy!”
Please return the application to Ann Addison, Instructional Resource Center. Deadline dates are November 16 and February 22.
Women's Giving Circle
The OPSF Women’s Giving Circle is a group of women who each donate $100 twice a year to form the pool of funds with which they fund innovative grants twice a year. Their combined financial contributions create a pool of funds which they grant out to Olathe certified educators for projects impacting Olathe students.
Fall 2017 Grant Amount: $10,000
Focus: Student Need
The OPSF Women’s Giving Circle is currently seeking grant proposals. Olathe educators should identify a challenge/problem impacting student achievement, and submit a grant proposal stating how they would address that challenge/problem faced by students in need utilizing resources funded with the grant.
Proposals are due by noon, Thursday, September 21, 2017.
For more information, contact the Foundation office at (913) 780-7878.