Grant Application

MISD staff have an opportunity to apply for grants from the Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association. A Grant Committee consisting of current and former district staff, parents, alumni and other community leaders reviews each funding request.

2020-21 Grant timeline

Fall cycle

September 14, 2020:  Application Opens
October 5, 2020:  Application Closes
October 12-16, 2020:  MISD Administrative Review
November 5, 2020:  Applicants Present to Grant Committee
November 11-13, 2020:  Grant Recipients Announced
December 1, 2020:  Deadline for Ordering
March 11, 2021:  Grant Recap Reports Due

Spring cycle

January 5, 2021:  Application Opens
February 15, 2021:  Application Closes
February 22-26, 2021:  MISD Administrative Review
April 5, 2021:  Applicants Present to Grant Committee
April 14-16, 2021:  Grant Recipients Announced
May 28, 2021:  Deadline for Ordering
October 15, 2021:  Grant Recap Reports Due

Grant Guidelines

  • Projects must align with the mission, vision, and values of the District and Foundation.
  • Applicants must be Marion Independent School District staff. MISD students or groups outside MISD must have a staff sponsor on the application in order to apply.
  • Eligible requests include those that enhance curriculum, bring innovation to the classroom, provide summer or after-school enrichment, guest speakers and more. If you are uncertain whether or not your request is eligible please contact the Foundation.
  • Requests for capital projects (i.e. permanent physical structures) and the funding of salaries will not be considered. These requests must go through MISD administration and/or the Board of Education.
  • Collaborations between buildings and among staff are encouraged and preferred. Applicants apply for grants on behalf of their classroom, grade, department or school. Grants are awarded based on the belief that items will be shared within the District as deemed appropriate by MISD leadership. Items purchased with grant funds are under the direction and ownership of MISD.

Grant Application

The spring grant application is available below with applications due February 15, 2021. If you have questions, please contact Erin Steffen, Foundation Director at Extension 1110 or by email.

Please describe the purpose of your project and how the funds will be used.
Include the number of students and staff impacted and how. Consider the timeline of the project and the lifespan of the requested items.
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Provide a quote from your preferred vendor. If a quote is not available, provide a screen shot of the exact item(s) being requested. The quotes attached here should match the Amount Requested. If there are multiple pages, please combine them into one document before uploading here. (10 MB max. file size, .docx file type not accepted)
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Provide a letter of support from each principal whose building may be impacted by this project. Please combine all letters into one document before uploading here. (10 MB max. file size, .docx file type not accepted)
Examples include but are not limited to social media, labeling the items (stickers provided) and displaying your certificate at your school.
Grant Presentations: Applicants are required to make a 5 to 10-minute presentation to the Grant Committee on the April 5, 2021 Work Day. A form will be sent out to sign up for a specific timeslot. This year's presentations will be conducted via Zoom.

Payment Policy: All expenses must be processed through Marion Independent School District. The Foundation does not reimburse individuals.

Recap Report: Grant recipients must complete a one-page Grant Recap Report if funding is received. The report should include a written summary, photos and at least one student testimonial (quote). Recipients who do not meet this requirement may not be eligible for future funding.