Grant Application

The application period for Classroom Impact Grants for use during the 2017-2018 school year opened in mid-December 2016 and closed on February 10th, 2017. Information about applying for Classroom Impact Grants for the 2018-2019 school year will be available in late Fall 2017.

Classroom Impact Grants Application Guidelines

PET is pleased to offer annual Classroom Impact Grants to Douglas County School System teachers, media specialists, counselors, principals, and assistant principals. Classroom Impact Grants promote creative and innovative ideas in and out of the classroom that directly impact student learning. Almost $150,000 has been awarded in Classroom Impact Grants over the last decade, serving thousands of students at all grade levels throughout the school system.

Teachers, media specialists, counselors, principals, and assistant principals in all Douglas County School System schools, including HAVEN Academy, Performance Learning Center, LEAP, and the College and Career Institute may apply for the competitively-awarded grants. Before applying, please read the guidelines carefully to ensure your application is completed accurately and falls within the scope of PET’s Classroom Impact Grant program.

  • There is a $500 maximum per teacher for a single project unless the project serves numerous classes or grade levels; if the project is for numerous classes or grade levels, make sure your application specifies that
  • There is a $1,000 maximum for teaching teams and media specialists or teachers such as physical education teachers who are requesting grants on behalf of the entire school or several groups or grade levels of students
  • Applicants may submit more than one application
  • There is no limit on the number of applications a particular school may submit
  • There is no limit on the number of grants or dollar amount of grants the Classroom Impact Grant Committee may award to a particular school
  • Budgets must be itemized and uploaded in PDF format. Applications with missing or non-itemized budgets will be disqualified
  • Your principal must be aware of your grant request and give his/her okay prior to submission
  • All grant recipients must submit an evaluation to PET at the end of the grant period or two weeks prior to the close of the school year, whichever comes first.  Click on the link to see a copy of the Classroom Impact Grant evaluation form
  • Any unused grant funds must be returned to PET at the end of the grant period or two weeks prior to the close of the school year, whichever comes first
  • Grant applications must be for projects, programs, or purchases that are an integral part of the learning process
  • Subscriptions may be approved, though there is no guarantee funding can continue beyond one year
  • STEM-related indoor or outdoor gardens may be approved, through there is no guarantee funding can continue beyond one year
  • Support or sponsorship of academic clubs and teams may be approved, though there is no guarantee funding can continue beyond one year
  • PET grants should not be viewed as a means of sustaining annual projects and/or purchases
  • PET will consider requests for tablets and other technology-related items. Requests for tablets will not be given first consideration for awards. If you submit a request for a technology-related item, you must complete a Technology Request form and submit it to the IT Department no later than January 20th, 2017. Click on the link to see a copy of the Technology Request form.
  • If you are unable to submit your completed application successfully, make sure all attachments are in PDF format and try again

Requests that should be avoided

  • Furniture for staff, though furniture may be approved for student use (stand-up desks, stability balls, exercise desks, etc.)
  • Food
  • Items that will be given to students for their own, excluding educational books and periodicals
  • Salary stipends

What if the staff member who receives a grant leaves our school before implementing the grant?

  • If the grant writer’s successor needs the grant for the same purpose(s), he or she may use it. Please notify PET of the new grant contact

What if the staff member who receives a grant transfers to a different school within the school system and wants to use the grant at the new school for the same purpose?

  • The grant writer should notify in writing PET, his/her current principal, and his/her new principal of his/her request. PET’s Classroom Impact Grant Committee, along with both principals, will make a decision if the transfer may take place

What if a grant writer receives a grant for a program or project that has been discontinued?

  • Most likely, the funds will have to be returned to PET. If a similar teaching program or project is adopted, the grant writer may request that the funds be used for the new program/project/etc. The grant writer should notify in writing PET and his/her current principal of his/her request to use grant funds for a different but similar purpose. PET’s Classroom Impact Grant Committee, along with the principal, will make a decision if the funds may be used or must be returned to PET

If a grant request is declined, will PET let the grant writer know why?

  • Yes. PET does not want any applicants to be discouraged, and applications are often declined for reasons not based on the merit of the applications such as lack of funds, non-itemized budgets, etc.

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