Mini-Grants

Next Grant Cycle

Each year the SAISD Foundation awards 150 Mini-Grants across the district. The application process opens on October 1st of each year and closes on October 31st. Grants are awarded in December and January of each academic year.

In 2019, Wells Fargo made a significant investment in this program – to sustain it with the Wells Fargo Endowment. This investment, as well as our event sponsors and individual Mini-Grant angel funders, make this program possible. With just a $500 investment, you can make an educator Mini-Grant possible. Click here to fund a grant today.

We are continually amazed at what our educators can do with an investment of $500 in their program or classroom.  The ideas presented in the Mini-Grant applications are often some of our most creative including using rocketry to teach math, elementary cheerleading squads, aquaponics, markerspaces, campus news stations, photography clubs, elementary ballet folklorico, Esports at the high school level, coding clubs, reading clubs, garden clubs and so much more.  Please click here for a listing of all past Mini-Grants awarded over the past few years and to ignite your imagination as you think about what you would like to do to increase student success. Since fall 2013, we have awarded more than 1,100 Mini-Grants to educators in SAISD to increase students experiences and student success.

Exciting news!!!  We’re doubling the Mini-Grants to be awarded this year to 300 grants!!

To do so, we will be utilizing a company called DonorsChoose, which gives outside donors the opportunity to support your work, too!! Your projects will be part of a dedicated page of requests by SAISD educators that will be matched grants through SAISD Foundation. We will push out your great ideas to other funders enabling us to double the amount of grants awarded.

The first thing you need to do is register on the DonorsChoose site by clicking here. You are welcome to explore the site, but remember that projects should not be loaded until October 1, 2021, to capitalize on the matching grant. Please, read this reference sheet so that you are ready to load your project on October 1st.

See requirements for the match below. 

*Maximum dollar amount of grant request(s) per school year – per teacher – is $500.

*SAISD Foundation will match half of each grant request (up to $250) & in addition, may choose to pay for any unfunded portions of the grant request.

*The Mini-Grant Campaign will begin 10/1/21 and will run until grant funds are depleted.

*Food, clothing & hygiene items will not be funded.

*Computers & tablets will not be funded (due to Technology Bond).

Regarding Field Trips:

We provide district transportation for field trips only. You may make field trip requests directly with the SAISD Foundation at any time. Please do not request them through the Mini-Grant process on DonorsChoose.

Below, click on the video to hear from students and teachers. Photos of grant award days and students putting grants to use follow.