Student Experience 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 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.

Eligible applicants

Durham Public Schools' students, parents and/or educators. An application can be from a single student, a group of students or a mix of students and teachers or parents. Student applicants can be of any age. Students under the age of 16 need to include an adult sponsor. Preference will be given to applications from students.

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 $500 - $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) for students involved in this project 

  • Grade level(s) of students involved in this project

  • If the applicant is under the age of 16, list the adult sponsor's name, role (e.g., parent, teacher), email address and phone number here

  • What is the project or experience you want to do? (describe in 300 - 500 words) 

  • What do you hope to gain or learn from from this project or experience? (describe in 300 - 500 words) 

  • How might this project impact the learning or improve the school experience of other students in your school? (describe in 300 - 500 words)

  • 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?

  • How will this experience benefit you or help you after it's done? (describe in 300 - 500 words)

  • 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? (funding is available between $500 - $2,500)

  • Will you be able to do this project or experience 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