QPS Foundation Awards Over $70,000 in Grants to QPS Schools



A listing of the grants awarded in the Spring 2024 Grant Cycle.

The Quincy Public Schools Foundation recently distributed grant award notices for 19 applications, totaling $72,444.34 in approved funding for use in the Quincy Public School District #172. The funds for this grant cycle will be made available after January 1, 2024,  and will be for use in the spring semester of the 2023-2024 school year.

“We are very excited about the grant applications submitted this grant cycle and are grateful to be able to provide funding for many of the projects that were submitted,” said Heidi Lanier, executive director of QPS Foundation. “We very much look forward to seeing the educators implement their great ideas. These projects will have a huge, positive impact on the student experience at Quincy Public Schools.”

The largest grant awarded this fall funds a new sewing machine lab for Quincy Junior High School. The $12,000 grant will purchase 30 sewing machines and sewing materials for a new Life Skills class at the school.

Other grants funded by the Foundation include:

Marching Drum Line Equipment for QHS
Tower Garden Growing System for Denman Elementary School
Credit Recovery Chromebook Computers and Cart for QHS
Computers for Journalism Career Readiness Part 2 for QHS
Football ipads for sideline instant replay for QHS Football
Hot Plates for Biology and Intro to Chemistry/Physics Classrooms at QHS
Play-Based Learning Resources in First Grade for Denman Elementary School
Soccer Goals for Denman Elementary
Puberty Talk deodorants District-wide
Mobile Standing Desk at The Academy
Subscription to Generation Genius for a second grade class at Rooney Elementary School
School Counseling Office Conference Room Remodel at Quincy Senior High School
Rooney House System supplies
Ron Clark Academy House System materials for Baldwin Elementary
Novels for 7th Grade Novel Studies at QJHS
“Parents are the KEY to the MAGIC of our SUCCESS!” – A parent engagement program at Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School

Denman Coffee Guys – Coffee Cart for lifeskills
Birthday Boxes for Social-Emotional Learning at Rooney Elementary School.

In addition to the approved grants, the QPS Foundation was able to help match eight applications with existing funding in the QPS District. Four applications were put on hold due to the chance funding for these projects would be available in the spring semester. The combination of Foundation and district funded grants resulted in nearly 92% of the applications being funded.

All QPS staff members are welcome to apply for funding through the QPS Foundation’s QPS Staff Grants, which award up to $1,500. Certified staff members are also eligible to apply for Dream Big Grants, which are available for up to $25,000. The application period for spring grants reopens on January 1, 2024. Funds for the next round of grants will be distributed in July, 2024 for the 2024-2025 school year. To apply, visit qpsfoundation.org.

For questions about grants, or other QPSF programs, contact Heidi Lanier at lanierhe@qps.org or 217.228.7112.