Applications for Spring 2018 A to Z mini-grants are now closed. Recipients will be notified by February 23, 2018.

YOU DREAM IT, WE’LL HELP YOU DO IT

Thanks to the commitment and creativity of teachers and staff, Oakland public schools are achieving great things. But we know that for many of your schools, a lack of funding makes these achievements that much tougher.

 

A to Z Fund mini-grants aim to change that. We believe kids who come to school with less need more, and we know a little extra funding can make a big difference.

 

If you work in an Oakland public school (OUSD- or charter-managed) and have an idea that would help you, your class, or your school accomplish even more this school year, we want to help you make it happen!

 

Apply for an A to Z mini-grant and you could receive up to $1,500 for your project. We know you’re busy, so the application takes just minutes to fill out, and you’ll get your funds quickly once approved.

 

See examples of projects that previously received grants here.

 

New for Spring 2018, we will start offering mini-grants of $500-5,000 to support individual or group teacher professional development opportunities.

WHAT IS THE A TO Z FUND?

The A to Z Fund raises money for school leaders to use for field trips, music, sports, and other underfunded opportunities from A to Z. Meet some of our spring 2017 grantees and learn more in the videos below.

HOW TO APPLY

Anyone working at an Oakland public school (OUSD- or charter-managed) is eligible to apply: teachers, principals, Community School Managers, afterschool providers, librarians, anyone!

You can apply for a general grant ($250 to $1,500) to cover a project at your school or a professional development grant ($500 to $5,000). Please note that funding for Early Childhood Education sites is limited to $1,000 per grant.

 

General mini-grant funds can be used for a wide range of project costs, including:

 

• equipment
refreshments
supplies
transportation
visiting artists and materials
admissions fees for students and chaperones
books
materials

 

Professional development grant funds can be used to cover various professional development costs including:

 

• conference fees
transportation
accommodations
meals
required materials

 

Grant funds may not be used to pay teachers or substitutes, or for general supplies or technology.

 

Simply apply online between January 12-26, 2018, and we’ll review your request and let you know if it’s approved by February 23, 2018.

 

Projects must be completed before the first day of the 2018-19 school year and, if awarded, require principal approval. Limit two grants per year per school. If approved, your funding will be available immediately. We will award up to $60,000 in grants during this funding cycle.