Application Information & Process
PTA Grants support innovative educational efforts, including creative classroom projects, unique enrichments to curriculum, guest speakers or performers, field trips, and new club activities.
Please note: Grants cannot be used for snacks/food items, teacher training, salaries, or consumable goods (except in some specific situations, e.g. trying a new curriculum support).
Objectives: The PTA seeks grant proposals that offer strategies/experiences to:
- Further the school’s achievement plan.
- Improve student achievement and the school learning environment.
- Increase a teacher’s ability to enhance differentiated instruction.
- Test new creative ideas for teaching and curriculum.
- Provide start-up clubs with durable resources to strengthen the quality of extra-curricular activities at the school.
Note: Clubs are expected to self-fund as well through student fees. Scholarships for students wishing to join clubs with membership fees can be requested through the school guidance counselor or PTA.
***New Application Process for 2016-17***
We are encouraging all applicants to use DonorsChoose.org to apply for an Inman PTA Grant. The PTA Grants Committee will review all of the projects for Inman Middle School that are posted to the website by the deadline. If the application is for a club or sport, the teacher sponsor will need to post the request to DonorsChoose.org.
DonorsChoose.org enables teachers to request materials and resources for their classrooms and makes these project requests through its website. Donors can give to projects that interest them, which are searchable by school name, teacher name, location, school subject, material, and keywords. DonorsChoose.org then purchases necessary supplies and ships them directly to the schools. Every project contains a line-item budget and a description of the project.
Deadlines: The deadline for submitting grant applications is midnight on Friday, September 30, 2016. Applicants should check for a receipt notification within 72 hours. Award notifications will be sent out during October.
Evaluation: Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis after evaluation by a Grants Review Committee comprised of Inman PTA parent(s), teacher(s), and community member(s). Grant applicants may not serve on the committee. Areas evaluated include the number of students who will benefit from the project, the level of need at Inman for the project, the likelihood of success, and the sustainability of the project. Priority will be given to new proposals over previously funded projects, although the latter are eligible. However, grants are not intended to be a permanent funding mechanism for projects. Once a project has proven worthwhile, other permanent funding should be secured. Partial funding is available.