Founders Grant

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What is the Founders Grant?

Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) awards Founders grants to Thompson School District schools for student-centered experiences that take place school-wide, not just in a specific classroom.

Grants for 2019-2020 are open.


Use access code: FOUNDERS for new logins.

Population served:
Founders Grants must serve TSD students – not parents, volunteers, school staff or non-TSD students.

Grant size:
Grant requests up to $2,000 will be considered. Grants will be issued to schools, not individuals.

TEF will consider grant requests exceeding $2,000 on a very limited basis. Please contact TEF's office at 970-613-5074 for further details before submitting your application.

What is NOT funded by Founders Grants:

-Grants to individuals
-Teacher re-licensure
-Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or is currently covered under the school’s budget
-School fundraising events (fun runs, bake sales, silent auctions, etc.)
-Sponsorship of school fundraising events (table purchases, centerpieces, decorations, etc.)
-Registration fees/transportation for student attendance at conferences, events, or camps

Additional information:
Grant applications may be read by non-educators, so avoid educational jargon and acronyms. It is beneficial to provide background information on programs, curriculum being used and general information that may not be known by people reviewing the application.

All grant projects must adhere to TSD policies and procedures. Projects are reviewed for safety and legal concerns and may be denied based on either of these criteria.

Any equipment, materials or supplies purchased with Founders Grant funds become the property of TSD.

Applications are available from October 1, 2019 - May 8, 2020 for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications are reviewed upon receipt throughout the year and funds for approved applications are disbursed as they are available. The amount of funds may vary from year to year. TEF reserves the right to end the Founders Grant application window before the published end date.

Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report of their project and receipts to the foundation by May 31, 2020. Report guidelines and format will be sent to each recipient. Failure to provide the required report by the deadline will disqualify the applicant for future TEF grant consideration. TEF will pay a visit to the recipient’s classroom during project implementation to shoot video of the activities, which will be shared with others at TEF events and online. Details will be provided to grant recipients.