The Highline Schools Foundation supports the core purpose of Highline Public Schools – “to create a path to success for every student.” The Foundation acts as a bridge between need and opportunity in many ways – through college scholarships, college campus field trips, sports participation fees, band and orchestra instruments and backpacks and school supplies.
One of the most impactful ways the Foundation supports students is with classroom grants. Schools ask and the Foundation answers.
The Highline Schools Foundation’s Excel Grant program was created in 2002 to support classroom innovation in our district, and to provide teachers resources they need to help our students be successful! An Excel Grant is an award of $50 to $2,500 for a specific project.
The Foundation applauds each teacher’s dedication to providing the best possible education for our students. The Grant Review Committee (composed of Foundation Trustees) always has a very difficult time selecting grants to fund with so many original and worthwhile projects!
In 2015, The Highline Schools Foundation awarded $80,472 through 112 classroom grants! Because of events like the Burien Brat Trot and Oktoberfest, and the generosity of our community, the Foundation was able to fund more grant requests in 2015 than ever before! [Read More] | Click here to see a list of all the 2015-2016 grant recipients. Since the project’s origin in February 2002, we have distributed more than $460,000 to Highline Public Schools through Excel Grants!
Excel Grant applications are accepted each fall. The online application will be available in September and we announce the program on our website and Facebook. The Grant Review Committee (composed of Foundation Trustees) always has a very difficult time selecting grants to fund with so many original and worthwhile projects!
Some things to remember to help you get your request funded:
- Submit your application on time and online.
- Give your idea full credit for the number of students impacted by your grant request and the longevity of your program or project. Note how your project may directly or indirectly affect other students in the school. For example, a science project may also impact literacy and arts, or health and enrichment, multiple schools or classrooms and grade levels.
- Keep your audience in mind. Remember that grant reviewers are not educators so try to use laypersons’ language or explain “edu-speak”.
- Communicate your enthusiasm for the idea! Get the review committee excited about your project. It is important to include as much detail as possible in your request and a well-defined budget is essential to the review committee.
- Request only the appropriate amount of funding needed. Do not automatically request the maximum amount. Also, list any additional or alternate sources of funding that have been pursued.
- Individual teachers may apply for multiple grants, but only one grant per project/program will be funded.
- The application should have the knowledge and support of the Principal of each school involved.
2015-2016 Funded Grants
In 2015, the Foundation was able to fund more grant requests this year than ever before! $80,472 through 112 classroom grants and every school who applied for a grant this year received at least one!
2014-2015 Funded Grants
In 2014, Highline Schools Foundation awarded $65,053 through 89 classroom grants! The Foundation was able to fund 85% of the grant requests this year and every school within Highline Public Schools received at least one grant!
2013-2014 Funded Grants
In 2013, Highline Schools Foundation awarded $48,675 in Excel grants for 77 grants at 35 different schools in Highline Public Schools
2012-2013 Funded Grants
In 20912, Highline Schools Foundation awarded $41,539 in Excel/MAD grants for 78 grants at 35 different schools throughout Highline Public Schools
2011-2012 Funded Grants
In 2011, the Highline Schools Foundation awarded $31,608 in Excel/MAD grants for 54 grants at 30 different schools throughout Highline Public Schools
MAD Grants: MAD Grants are funded by Nanci Tangeman, a graduate of Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, WA (1979) and Chris Blumenthal, a graduate of Grant High School in Portland, OR (1981). They started MAD Grants in 2002 after Chris heard a radio story about a couple in Boston who had started a grant program for teachers in their school district as a way to give back to their community. Nanci and Chris donated to the Foundation from 2002 through 2012 and again in 2014 and 2015 to fund a number of projects.