Apply For District Grants

Updated Grant Request process for District Funding Requests: December 2015

We are reaching out to update you on our new funding request protocol. In an effort to be more nimble and responsive, we have taken our grant application process online using Survey Monkey.

The new application can be accessed at

A reference copy is available here. If you have not previously filled out our grant application, you may want to look it over prior to beginning the application process. The process should take about 10 minutes.

The Foundation values innovation and grants funds to teachers, classrooms, and schools to support student excellence through enrichment and enhancement programs. In order to obtain funding from the Foundation, an application must be submitted, approved by District leadership and then accepted by the Northshore Schools Foundation Board.

Our funding priorities are:

Career & College Readiness
Literacy & Arts
Health & Enrichment
Teacher Excellence
Advanced learners & struggling learners

We support District Priorities by aligning with School Board Goals and the Danielson Framework.

For additional information about the Northshore Schools Foundation or the granting process please go to our website – Apply here tab

Frequently Asked Questions about District Grants

Where can I access applications for Foundation Funding?
Applications for funding are available on the “Apply Here” tab of our website

What kind of things does the Foundation Fund?
We fund projects that are in alignment with our funding priorities, District Priorities, School Board Goals and the Danielson Framework. We value innovation and students have the experience of success. For a list of what we have funded please visit our What We Fund page.

What is the difference between a District Grant and a Innovative Classroom Grant?
Innovative Classroom grant applications are accepted one time a year, and are currently limited to $1000. They are submitted traditionally by school staff, or parent volunteers and are intended to support students directly with supplies and programs etc. We accept applications in the Spring, and funding is available by the end of the school year to implement the program in the Fall. The grant funds must be used in the year designated. Innovative Classroom Grant Applications will be available at:

District Grants are typically from $1000 to $100,000 and typically supports district wide initiatives, activities in more than one school or program, teacher training (including NBTC), or emerging and start up programs. District Grant requests remain valid for 2 years, and funding may be used over 5 years. Once funding requests have been reviewed by the Northshore Schools Foundation Board, the Foundation begins trying to find ways to fund your project.

Who can submit a District Grant?
Ultimately all District Grant requests are approved at the Director and Superintendent Level of the District. The grant can be written by anyone, however a Director will “own” the program.

When are District Grant Requests Due?
We have been requesting applications by March 30 & June 30th, and allowing late submission. Since funding currently happens in June, September & January we can accept applications anytime. Ideally we would have 6 months to attempt to find funding for you. For that reason we ask that you submit you applications as soon as you have an idea.

How do I know if I should submit a Grant Request?
If you have an unfunded program or innovative program that falls into the funding priorities of the Foundation, make an appointment to talk with the Foundation Director and through that conversation you will gain an understanding of the feasibility of being able to identify and provide funds.

How will I know if my project got funded?
*NEW* At each funding cycle all applicant will be given an update about the status of their project *NEW*

What kind of evaluation is required from grant recipients?
At the conclusion of your project you will be asked to fill out a grant evaluation using survey monkey as well. This process has been simplified and asks for the contact information of teachers who witnessed direct benefits from the project, so that the Foundation can contact them for further details. The evaluation survey can be accessed at:

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