PTO MINI GRANTS
The PTO has allocated a portion of its budget to fund classroom support and special faculty/staff projects at Brown that:
- Reinforce or support student learning (programmatic or curricular),
- Foster personal connections,
- Pilot a new program, or
- Provide for participation in community service activities.
Applications will also be considered for materials, supplies and tools that enhance the learning environment, ensure security and health safety, or aid in everyday operational efficiency. Most awards range between $100 and $500. Larger grants are considered, particularly where they involve collaboration.
In an effort to align the PTO grants process with core needs of the school overall, we would like to encourage faculty and staff to submit grants that provide potential answers to the question, “What are we doing to make sure that all of our students are learning?”
We will prioritize review of ideas that may pilot new models for specific learning methods, experiment with specific tools or provide additional data/insight for future discussions on how to address the learning needs of all of our students. These suggestions are those that are beyond the core curriculum operational support since day to day support is outside the funding scope of the PTO grants process.
We encourage faculty, staff and administrators to apply for PTO funding. Collaboration between constituencies is strongly encouraged. Ongoing clubs and organizations that are fundraising for philanthropic purposes outside of the school will be asked to cover their costs before charitable donations are made. PTO policies do not allow PTO funds to be used for direct donations to charities. All grants are subject to the approval of the principal.
GUIDELINES: Approval is based primarily on the following considerations:
- The number of students/persons participating in and/or benefiting from the program/project.
- The impact of the program/project on students and the school.
- The ability of the project to continue without additional PTO funds. In most cases, funding is not provided for ongoing support of programs.
- New grants will only be awarded to past grant recipients if a final report has been submitted and is on file.
- Grant money must be spent only on specific application requests. If there is a change in the request, the Grant Committee needs to be notified and will review the modifications for approval.
- Grant must support and be consistent with school community’s values and goals as listed on the Brown website.
- Grants cannot be used to fund salaries or stipends; or to purchase core curriculum materials.
- Grants cannot be used for core curriculum technology, including computers, consumables and many peripherals.
- Grants cannot be used for field trips, transportation, food or promotional items.
PROCEDURES: Applications should be made to the PTO Grants Committee, which will review and make recommendations to the PTO Board. This year (2018-19 academic year) there is one planned round of grant applications with a November 15 deadline. Please submit grants by 9PM on the due date. The committee will act on the proposals by early December..
The PTO needs to keep records on how funds are spent. When completing the project narrative, include as much detail as possible to help us best understand your request for funding. Please submit a brief report no later than June 14, detailing how the grant money was spent and if you achieved the desired original outcome. A template for the final report can be found here.
Returning applicants will not be considered for further funding unless they have a final report on file. If you have questions, please contact the Grants Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.