• 2022-2023 Staff Scholarships, Individual Grants and Collaborative Grants

    Please read these instructions carefully and completely to ensure the best outcome for your application submission: 

    Deadline for application submission -- Sunday, June 19, 2022, at 11:59 pm 

    Winners will be notified at their schools by the Prize Pep Rally in the Fall Semester

    If you have any change in campus, grade level, etc. that will affect your grant request, or if you leave the district, you must notify the Denton Public School Foundation about the change to determine if your application may still be considered. 

    Please read each description carefully to make sure you follow the link for the correct application. Any applications submitted in the wrong category will be disqualified.


    Staff Scholarships 

    Staff Scholarships (ranging from $100 to $1,000) will be awarded to Denton Independent School District staff who wish to:

    • Attend workshops or seminars to enhance educational opportunities in Denton ISD
    • Enroll in courses for either college credit or special certification
    • Are for classes, workshops, seminars, or professional development between September 2022 and August 31, 2023


    All reviews will be anonymous and confidential. A blind review process will apply during evaluation and selection. To ensure the screening process is fair, do not use any teacher or school names or identifying information (e.g. a school mascot, terms such as "RHS Raiders" or club names like the "DHS Fillies") on your application. If you fail to follow these guidelines, your application may not be considered for funding.

    NOTE:  The answer spaces are intentionally limited and will only expand to that limit as you type.  Please be concise in your answers -- the quality of an answer is more important than its length.    

    Click this link to apply for a scholarship: https://apply.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarships/DPSF2022StaffScholarship


    Grants-to-Teachers 

    Grants to Teachers ($100 to $1,000 for individual classroom/grade level/department projects) are awarded to Denton Independent School District personnel working directly with students (e.g. teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, etc.).

    Grants are awarded for innovative instructional programs that advance new approaches to teaching or enhance educational opportunities. Funds may be used for equipment, materials, honorariums, etc., but not to pay salaries to Denton ISD employees. The project must involve students and staff members throughout a school, division, club or department/grade level within a school. If applying jointly, a Lead Applicant should be designated and the roles of the team member(s) will be described in the application. 

    Each teacher/applicant may submit only one request as the lead applicant but may be included as a co-applicant on another request.

    If you are requesting funding for any technology, your request MUST be approved by the Technology Division's Senior Asset Specialist, Megan Holzer (mholzer@dentonisd.org). This approval must be included with your application before you hit submit. Technology that needs approval includes printers of any kind, software and cloud-based programs, hardware that ties into the District WIFI, or anything else that might fit into this category. As 1 to 1 Chromebook district, requests for Chromebooks will not be awarded and requests for iPad will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Please reach out if you are not sure - DPSF@dentonisd.org

    We are required to use DISD approved vendors.  To access a list of these vendors, sign-in on the DISD website and select in the following order -Departments & Services - Purchasing - Approved Vendors & Related Links (on left menu) - Approved Vendor Lists. If a vendor is not on the approved list, please contact Jenifer Fuller at jfuller@dentonisd.org or your campus secretary/bookkeeper – for further instructions. You will be required to put the vendor number in the form for each item on your budget. If you would like to work on your budget before starting your application (recommended), please use this template to list the items needed for your grant. You will need to upload this file into the application.

    All reviews will be anonymous and confidential. A blind review process will apply during evaluation and selection. To ensure the screening process is fair, do not use any teacher or school names or identifying information (e.g. a school mascot, terms such as "RHS Raiders" or club names like the "DHS Fillies") on your application. If you fail to follow these guidelines, your application may not be considered for funding.

    NOTE:  The answer spaces are intentionally limited and will only expand to that limit as you type.  Please be concise in your answers -- the quality of an answer is more important than its length.

    Click this link to apply for a grant ($100-$1000): https://apply.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarships/DentonPublicSchoolFoundation2022GrantTeachers


    Collaborative Grants

    Collaborative Grants (from $1001 up to $4,000 each) will be awarded to Denton Independent School District campuses for personnel working directly with students (such as teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, and similar staff members). At least two of these grants will be designated for STEM-related projects.

    Grants are awarded for innovative instructional programs that advance new approaches to teaching or enhance educational opportunities. Funds may be used for equipment, materials, honorariums, etc., but not to pay salaries to Denton ISD employees. The project must involve students and staff members throughout a school, division, club or department/grade level. If applying jointly, a lead applicant should be designated and the roles of team member(s) described in the application. 

    If you are requesting funding for any technology, your request MUST be approved by the Technology Division's Senior Asset Specialist, Megan Holzer (mholzer@dentonisd.org). This approval must be included with your application before you hit submit. Technology that needs approval includes printers of any kind, software and cloud-based programs, hardware that ties into the District WIFI, or anything else that might fit into this category. As 1 to 1 Chromebook district, requests for Chromebooks will not be awarded and requests for iPad will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Please reach out if you are not sure - DPSF@dentonisd.org

    We are required to use DISD approved vendors.  To access a list of these vendors, sign-in on the DISD website and select in the following order -Departments & Services - Purchasing - Approved Vendors & Related Links (on left menu) - Approved Vendor Lists (center of page). If a vendor is not on the approved list, please contact Jenifer Fuller at jfuller@dentonisd.org or your campus secretary/bookkeeper – for further instructions. You will be required to put the vendor number in the form for each item on your budget. If you would like to work on your budget before starting your application (recommended), please use this template to list the items needed for your grant. You will need to upload this file into the application.

    All reviews will be anonymous and confidential. A blind review process will apply during evaluation and selection. To ensure the screening process is fair, do not use any teacher or school names or identifying information (e.g. a school mascot, terms such as "RHS Raiders" or club names like the "DHS Fillies") on your application. If you fail to follow this guideline, your application may not be considered for funding.


    NOTE:  The answer spaces are intentionally limited and will only expand to that limit as you type.  Please be concise in your answers -- the quality of an answer is more important than its length.

    Click this link to apply for a collaborative grant ($1001-$4000): https://apply.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarships/DentonPublicSchool2022CollaborativeGrant


    We are in our third year of using a cloud-based program. If you submitted an application of any kind you are already in the system. If you do not remember your password from last year please use the "forgot Password" option right above the submit button. You can edit your application up to the point you hit submit. Once you begin an application you may receive reminders every so often if your application is incomplete. It will still be your responsibility to ensure the application(s) are submitted by the deadline of June 19, 2022, at 11:59 pm. We are very excited about this new process and welcome feedback - dpsf@dentonisd.org

    Please consider these suggestions before you click “Submit”

    • Verify that you selected the right application for your grant scholarship request. Applications in the wrong category - for example, a scholarship in a grant application or a collaborative grant in a grant-to-teachers application -  will be disqualified.

    • Know your audience – Remember that many reviewers are not educators so acronyms, abbreviations, and “education language” will need to be defined and explained.

    • Spellcheck your document – it is a valid expectation that educators will use correct spelling and grammar in their requests for funding!

    • Give detailed and clear explanations for the items you are requesting – don’t assume the reader will always know what these educational tools are.

    • Reach out to the vendor you would like to use and ask for a quote. Often they offer special pricing or free shipping. Let them know that the order will not be placed until Fall 2022.

    • Be sure you answer each question clearly and give tangible, achievable goals.

    • Review – and then review again! Ask 2 or 3 others to read your application for clarity, content, and yes - grammar before you hit submit.

       

    Thanks for what you do for our students every day – and best of luck!