Something for Everyone: Foundation Approves $100,000 in Spring Grants

Books, technology, professional development, robotics, flexible seating, mental health, and more, the grants approved by the East Grand Rapids Foundation Board this spring will provide opportunities for all our students at all our schools.

Twice each year, in the fall and spring, the Foundation Board considers requests for grants and mini-grants (less than $1,500) that are made by teachers and students. All grants are also reviewed by district administrators and then reviewed again by the Foundation’s grants committee before reaching the full board. Grant requests are evaluated by how they fit with, enhance, or complement the curriculum, how many students will be affected, whether other funding is available, and other factors. 

This spring’s grants will fund classroom enhancements at all three elementary schools, the middle school, and the high school. “These grants cover a wide variety of subjects from STEAM to fine arts to performing arts to English classes,” says EGRSF Executive Director Amy Stuursma. “They also will help everyone from kindergarteners to seniors in high school. Truly, every student in our schools will have the opportunity to benefit from these grants.” 

Grants and mini-grants at the elementary schools include:
  • Professional development at Columbia Teachers College Writing Institute
  • Jump Rope Readers decodable book series
  • First Lego League Robotics underwriting
  • Kindergarten classic storybooks
  • Flexible seating for classrooms
At the middle school level, grants and mini-grants include:
  • Robotics underwriting
  • iPads for digital art class
  • Audubon Award-winning photographer Steve Jessmore’s visit
  • Sensory tools for classrooms
High school grants and mini-grants include:
  • Stratford Shakespeare Festival student trip
  • 3D printers and Drafting, Design and Technology materials
  • Wireless microphones for student productions
  • Lunchroom revitalization
  • “Hadestown” tickets for Latin classes
  • iPads for art classes
  • Flexible seating for classrooms
  • Guest lecturer in English classes
  • Stand Up Paddleboard pilot program for Gone Boarding class
  • Drones for Computer Science classes
  • Headphones for art classes
In all, the grants and mini grants approved during the spring grants cycle total more than $100,000. “Those funds are generated from the investment returns on our endowment, which our incredible donors enabled us to grow during our Now&Forever campaign,” says Stuursma. “It’s wonderful to use those funds to do exactly what our supporters entrusted us to do: provide opportunities that will help all our students reach their full potential. Thank you, Foundation donors, for making this possible!”