The Olathe Public Schools Foundation awards grants through three main programs: classroom grants, the Susan Spears Memorial Kindergarten Grant, and the Women's Giving Circle.
Classroom Grant Program
Classroom grants are awarded in four main categories:
- Innovative classroom grant - up to $2,500
- Hidden Glen Visual Arts grant - up to $2,000
- Need-based grant - up to $1,000
- Building/District-wide grant: up to $5,000 for projects impacting multiple classrooms, grades, or schools
Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $120,000 in grants.
The first grant cycle for the 2017-18 school year is now open. Certified educators may submit a grant application to the Foundation offices at the MCC. Applications are due in our offices by 4:00 p.m. on the cycle deadline date. Grants that request any hardware or software must include a Technology Approval form that has been reviewed by Dr. Josh Anderson.
- Innovation or Student Need
- Educational outcomes
- Student success
Susan Spears Memorial Kindergarten Grant
The Susan Spears Memorial Kindergarten Grant was established to honor Susan Spears, a career educator in the Olathe Public Schools District. She taught from 1986 to 1998, when she became an Instructional Resource Teacher (IRT). Susan was honored to be an IRT until her retirement in 2011. Up to $1,500 is available per year. Her final message to everyone, “I want you to go out and BEE Happy!”
Please return the application to Ann Addison, Instructional Resource Center. The deadline for consideration is February 22.
Women's Giving Circle
The OPSF Women’s Giving Circle is a group of women who each donate $100 twice a year to form the pool of funds with which they fund innovative grants twice a year. Their combined financial contributions create a pool of funds which they grant out to Olathe certified educators for projects impacting Olathe students.
For more information, contact the Foundation office at (913) 780-7878.