Parent Engagement Grants

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.  

What funds can be used for

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.

Eligible applicants

Durham Public Schools' parents and/or educators (e.g., teachers, TAs, counselors, administrators) can apply for this grant. Projects are not required to include a parent but preference will be given to projects that include at least two parents.

As DPSF's mission is to support students, educators and families in Durham Public Schools, grants will only be available to support projects and initiatives that benefit those in DPS (no funds will be available for charter, private or home schools).

Available Grant amounts

Grant requests can be for $250- $2,500.

Time frame

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.

Grant application

To submit your application complete this Google form by Friday, January 4th at 8pm.

You will need to complete all information in the form and submit it at one time. You are not able to begin the Google form, save information and complete it at a later time. Here are the questions you will need to complete in the application (we recommend you copy these into a document to prepare your responses and put them into the Google form when you have everything ready to submit):

Educator Professional Learning Grant application questions:

  • Proposal Name (provide a short name, no longer than 10 words, that serves as a title for your application) 

  • Name & email address of Project Lead (one person who will serve as primary contact)

  • First and last name of additional applicant(s) 

  • Email address and/or phone number of applicant(s) 

  • DPS school(s) where the project will focus

  • Roles of applicant(s) (e.g., teacher, principal, parent)

  • What is the project you want to do? (describe in 500 words or less)

  • What are your goals for improving parent engagement at a DPS school through this effort? (describe in 500 words or less)

  • How will this project impact the learning or improve the school experience for all students in your school? (describe in 500 words or less)

  • How many people total will be directly involved with the project (engaged in developing or implementing the work)?

  • Approximately how many people do you think will be impacted by the project?

  • What will be the greatest challenges with this project? How might you address those challenges? (describe in 500 words or less) 

  • What will you learn from this project and how will it inform future work in your neighborhood or school? (describe in 500 words or less)

  • What is the approximate date when you would begin this project? 

  • What is the anticipated length of project or experience? (options: 1 month, 2-4 months, 6-8 months, 8+ months, other)

  • How much are you requesting and what will you use the funds for? (Grant requests can be for $250- $2,500)

  • Will you be able to pursue this project if you receive some but not all of the funds you requested? How would you adapt if you received less funding than you requested?

  • Will you use additional funds to supplement these grant funds in order to pursue this project? If so, about how much additional funding will you need and where will those funds come from?

  • Is there anything else you would like for us to know about your application?


Apply today

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Applications Due by Friday, January 4th at 8pm

Grant recipients will be notified by mid-February


Email us at with any questions about grant applications