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What is the Founders Grant?

Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) awards Founders grants to Thompson School District schools for student-centered experiences that take place school-wide, not just in a specific classroom. Grant applications are evaluated on a case by case basis as they are submitted. 

Founders Grant applications have closed for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications for 2017-2018 will open on October 1, 2017.  Application Form 

Population served:

Founders Grants must serve TSD students – not parents, volunteers, school staff or non-TSD students.

Grant size:

Grant requests up to $2,000 will be considered. Grants will be issued to schools, not individuals.

TEF will consider grant requests exceeding $2,000 on a very limited basis and only if the request shows the applicant has raised two-thirds of the overall cost for the specified project. Please contact TEF for further details on these types of grants before submitting your application.

What we do not fund:

  • Grants to individuals
  • Teacher re-licensure
  • Food and entertainment
  • Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or is currently covered under the school’s budget
  • School fundraising events (fun runs, bake sales, silent auctions, etc.)
  • Sponsorship of school fundraising events (table purchases, centerpieces, decorations, etc.)
  • Registration fees/transportation for student attendance at conferences, events, or camps

How can I apply?

The application form is available beginning October 1 for the current school year. Applications will be accepted until the second Friday in May of the current school year. TEF also requires an email from your principal, listing your name, the project name and his/her approval.

Due to limited funding, grant applications are reviewed and funds are disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis. The amount of funds available may vary from year to year. 


Additional information: Founders Grant FAQ

Contact Thompson Education Foundation office at 613-5074 with any questions.