2016-2017 Grant Guidelines

The Clayton Education Foundation is making a difference in the lives of Clayton students by helping advance the School District of Clayton’s culture of educational excellence. Since 2009, the Foundation has awarded more than $44,200 to support initiatives that help enhance the curriculum, beyond what tax dollars cover, to provide extraordinary learning experiences to all Clayton students, PK-12. This year, the Foundation will award up to $15,000 in grants for Clayton staff to provide students with innovative learning experiences, with a priority on grants that support the District’s strategic plan in all curricular areas. Download the grant application materials.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Have a direct impact on students
  • Have clear and measurable outcomes
  • Are innovative
  • Demonstrate student, parent and community involvement
  • Include partnerships with other entities including, but not limited to, other schools, universities and community partners
  • Are not covered by the school/District budget or PTOs 

The Foundation typically will not support:

  • Projects or programs that have been eliminated by the Board of Education
  • Projects that duplicate the efforts of other support organizations, such as PTOs
  • Facility and infrastructure projects
  • Grants for religious or political purposes
  • Salaries for teachers or other outside providers
  • Funds for payment of speakers, incentives or rewards
  • Funds for travel, conferences or professional development

Grant Timeline and Procedures:

  • Sept. 30, 2016 - Applications are due by 4 p.m. Submit applications to Karen McBride at the Admin. Center (#2 Mark Twain Circle) or via email (karenmcbride@claytonschools.net).
  • October - Grant applications will be reviewed by the Foundation Board.
  • Late October - Grant funds will be awarded.
  • Grants must be implemented by the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Aug. 1, 2017 - Evaluation report is due by 4 p.m. Submit evaluation report to Karen McBride at the Admin. Center (#2 Mark Twain Circle) or via email (karenmcbride@claytonschools.net).

If Your Grant Involves Technology

If the grant application addresses technology, an additional review is required by the District’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeff Puls. All applications addressing the purchase of software must have a signed copy of the District’s Technology Software Adoption Form. All applications addressing the purchase of hardware must have a signed copy of the District’s Technology Hardware Purchasing Form. These forms can be downloaded from the District’s website, under the business services - printable forms section.

Grant awardees will be required to submit an evaluation report including submission of project artifacts (photos, video, samples, testimonials, etc.), a financial report with all receipts and a narrative that describes results and challenges.

Download the grant application materials

Submission of the grant application does not guarantee funding of the grant proposal.