Since 2017, the Education Foundation has ran a competitive small grants program to provide supplemental funding to teachers and staff to augment what they can do in their classrooms or the programs they operate. Although teachers get a small amount of funding each year from the District to purchase basic supplies for their classrooms, those funds rarely provide for creative, innovative, or timely supplies and curriculum tools that enrich the learning environment and keep kids inspired to learn. Over 50 grants have been awarded since 2017.
From 2017-2019 the Education Foundation released one round of requests for applications (RFA) in the fall and generally awarded 6-10 projects funds of up to $500 per grant. Starting in 2020 with the arrival of the COVID pandemic, the Foundation has moved to providing grants in both the fall and the spring to deal with the unique and pressing needs of our students, as well as learning losses during that time. The 2022 fall RFA is now closed, with seven grants being awarded. Check back here for the link to the spring 2023 RFA.
There are now more applications than we have funding for. Our current budget is around $7,000/year. We have a unique opportunity to raise an additional $10,000 for our mini-grants program with the support of The Dalles Kiwanis Club. They have provided a $5,000 matching grant, meaning that every dollar you donate until the end of 2022 will be matched 1:1 up to $5K. Help us meet the requests of our teachers and deploy more resources into the classrooms. The funds may be modest but the impacts are huge.