The Lego WeDo STEM robotics program was funded by the QPS Foundation.

Grant Opportunities

Grants are available to staff members for training, programs, or projects that benefit student learning and/or performance. Grants are for one-year projects, and it is not the intention of the Foundation to continue funding the project or its replication beyond one year. Grants awarded through the QPS Foundation are not meant to replace traditional sources of funding for the Quincy Public Schools.

Please read ALL the following information before making your application.

2021 Fall Application Timeline
Applications AcceptedUntil October 31, 2021
Grant recipients will be notified on or beforeDecember 15, 2021
Payouts beginJanuary 1, 2022
Expenditure timeline should be reported to the Foundation byFebruary 1, 2022
Receipts and reports due byMay 31, 2022

QPS TEACHER & STAFF GRANTS  (Up to $1,500)

Our updated grant for QPS teachers and staff is now called the QPS Staff Grant. It is open to all certified and non-certified QPS staff to apply with the approval of their administrator and/or direct supervisor.

The QPS Staff Grant is capped at $1,500. This allows for the fairest distribution of available funds to the broadest base of recipients.

DREAM BIG GRANT (Up to $25,000)

The Dream Big Grant is designed for certified QPS staff members to fund projects over $1,500. Applicants must have the approval of their administrator(s) AND department head at the Central Office in order to apply. The awards for this grant are limited to a maximum of $25,000. Grants are limited to the availability of funds.

Grants awarded through the QPS Foundation are not meant to replace traditional sources of funding for the public schools. Applications for the Dream Big Grant will be given the most consideration if they directly address the Mission of the QPS Foundation and focus on the specific priority areas of the Foundation, which include: Curriculum, Technology, Professional Development, Athletics, and Fine Arts.

LAWBER GRANT

We encourage ALL 3rd Grade teachers to consider applying for a Lawber Grant! Named after Patricia Lawber, the Lawber Grant is available strictly for 3rd Grade classrooms. Amounts vary per season/year. We will consider requests up to $700. A short form application is available. Apply here for the Lawber Grant.


AVAILABILITY

Grants are available in areas such as fine arts, foreign languages, elementary education, mathematics, sciences, technology, athletics, health occupations, professional development, vocational education, and other designations. The QPS Foundation Board of Trustees reserves the right to determine if applications for grants fit the appropriate donor designations for funds we have available.


REQUIREMENTS

I. Administrator Review
All applications MUST be reviewed by the staff member’s administrator or supervisor BEFORE submitting to the Foundation’s website. Please make sure that you have discussed your application with your administrator before applying! Some requests, such as those for technology or Special Education, should also consult those Department Heads at the Central Office. Applications without administrator approval will NOT be considered by the Foundation.

II. Receipts
Receipts for purchases are required as proof of due diligence with grants that are awarded. We ask that receipts from the Fall Cycle be turned in to the Foundation by May 31, 2022, unless other arrangements have been approved by the Foundation. Note: Receipts from the 2021 Spring Cycle are due by December 31, 2021

III. Final Report
A final report with purchase receipts, photos, and a brief narrative of implementation is REQUIRED. The report may be emailed to foundation@qps.org.


SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Special considerations will be given to applicants who participate in the Friends of the Foundation monthly payroll deduction program and/or make donations to the QPS Foundation, provided that funds are available in your application category. Please consider giving $1 or more per month, and become a Friend of the Foundation!

Other considerations may be given to applicants applying outside the normal schedule if the applicant has extenuating circumstances.

Applicants may RE-APPLY for grants in a subsequent grant cycle if they were denied due to the availability of funds.