Applications are now open!
The Durham Public Schools Foundation (DPSF) believes that our students, educators and families are best positioned to identify opportunities for creating transformational change in our schools and that by investing in them we will find solutions faster.
The DPSF pilot grants will develop and fund innovative ideas from Durham’s students, educators and school communities. The Foundation also seeks to learn about the ideas and funding needs from our school communities through these pilot grant applications.
DPSF launched in September 2018 and the volunteer board and committees are spending the year meeting with people across the community and in our schools to hear their needs and ideas. The Foundation will shape its long-term grant-making strategy over the coming months. Future grant and other funding opportunities may look different than these pilot grants.
DPSF plans to fund selected pilot grant requests across three grant categories.
Student Experience grants
This grant is provided for DPS students to pursue a project or experience that interests them. This could include things like a new student-led club, supplies for a student-led project, or travel expenses for a trip. The funded activity can take place in school or outside of school. Grant requests can be for $500 - $2,500
Educator professional learning grants
This grant is provided for DPS educators to access professional learning that will help them improve their practice. The funds could be used for things such as training costs, substitute teacher costs to cover time gone, materials like books for a new PLC, and costs for materials and food to support a whole school training. Grant requests can be for $250- $1,000 per educator or up to $10,000 for a whole school.
parent engagement grants
This grant is provided for projects that seek to increase and/or improve parent engagement at a DPS school. For example, a group of parents could organize parents in their neighborhood to better understand their DPS school, a group of parents could identify a need for improving resources for parents to engage with their school (e.g., language access), or a group of school administrators, educators and parents could work together to create improved school tours for new parents to learn about the school. Grant requests can be for $250- $2,500.
All grant applications are due by Friday, January 4th at 8pm. Grant recipients will be notified by mid-February.
Timeframe for grant proposal
For all grants, the activity/project/experience that the grant funds will be used for should begin between February - June 2019. The grant funds can be used over an 18 month period.
How grants are selected
DPSF funds proposals that are transformative, equitable, sustainable and feasible. Click here to review the scoring rubric used to evaluate how well grant applications meet DPSF’s priorities for funding.
The DPSF Investing in Our People committee reviews and scores grant applications and makes recommendations to the DPSF Board of Directors for grants to fund up to the available amount. The Investing in Our People committee is comprised of educators, parents and community members.
The mission of the DPS Foundation is to help strengthen and transform Durham Public Schools. All DPSF funding and support is provided to support students, educators and families in Durham Public Schools (no funds will be available for charter, private or home schools).
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All grant applications are due by Friday, January 4th at 8pm
Grant recipients will be notified by mid-February
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