Dream Big Grant Winners

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. It is not the intention of the Foundation to continue funding projects, or their replication, beyond one year. Grants awarded through the QPS Foundation are not meant to replace traditional sources of funding for the Quincy Public Schools.


QPS Staff Grant applications are currently closed. Our next grant cycle will open in early July and will run through mid-October. Funds for that cycle will be awarded in the spring 2025 semester. Please check back in July to access the application. 

If you have an urgent need for funding, please see our Emergency Funding Request application.

2024 Spring Grants Timeline
Applications periodJuly 1 - October 14, 2023
Grant recipients will be notified on or beforeDecember 28, 2023
Payouts beginJanuary 2, 2024
Expenditure timeline should be reported to the Foundation byJanuary 31, 2024
Receipts and reports due byMay 31, 2024
2024 Fall Grants Timeline
Application periodJanuary 3 - April 15, 2024
Grant recipients will be notified on or beforeJune 15, 2024
Payouts beginJuly 5, 2024
Expenditure timeline should be reported to the Foundation byOctober 15, 2024
Receipts and reports due byDecember 27, 2024

QPS STAFF GRANTS  (Up to $1,500)

QPS Staff Grants are open to all certified and non-certified QPS teachers and staff. Before applying, applicants should receive approval for their request from their administrator and/or direct supervisor.

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

DREAM BIG GRANTS (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 are limited to a maximum of $25,000 per grant. 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.


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.


I. Administrator Review
All applications MUST be reviewed by the staff member’s administrator or supervisor BEFORE submitting to the Foundation. 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 December 28, 2022, unless other arrangements have been approved by the Foundation. Note: Receipts from the 2021 Spring Cycle are due by May 31, 2022.

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 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 a monthly payroll-deducted donation, 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.