Staff Idea Grant Application

For Implementation during 2019-2020 School Year

Deadline: February 14, 2019

The Hastings Public Schools Foundation Staff Idea Grants fund staff projects that are beyond the resources of the Hastings Public Schools general operating budget. This program is made possible by the generosity of HPS Foundation donors and the Kinman Oldfield Foundation.

Proposals should have a clear mission to serve students and/or the District for $1,000 or less. (This year there is also an opportunity for one additional $1600 level grant due to the Connie Halloran Memorial donation. One person may be eligible for both grants, but two different projects need to be submitted.) Foundation Board Members and the District Director of Curriculum will review grant applications using the criteria and point values shared on the Narrative page to determine grant recipients.

Grant Categories

CREATIVE TEACHING: Innovative teaching and/or unique classroom experiences: field trips, off-campus experiences, speakers, special in-class events, etc.

TECHNOLOGY: Purchase and use of special technology to enhance teaching and/or provide innovative classroom experiences.

NATIONAL CONVENTION ATTENDANCE: $1000 each teacher to a team of two teachers who choose to attend a national conference/convention that impacts students they both teach. Both teachers must attend the same convention. Expenses must be itemized on Budget Summary page. Only one application should be submitted by the team of two teachers.

Grant Application Check List

  • Cover Sheet
  • Project Narrative
  • Budget Sheet

Questions? Call Jessica McAndrew at the Foundation Office at 402-461-7564 or on her cell phone at 402-469-3760 or email her at

Grant recipient lists will be shared via email with all applicants by March 14, 2019.