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Established in 1999, the PTA Mini-Grant Program aims to serve as many M-A students as possible by funding one-time needs when alternate funding is not available. M-A teachers, club leaders, administrators, staff members, and students may apply.


What a Mini-Grant Can Fund

The PTA is guided by the principle that grants should benefit the largest number of students possible across a variety of grade levels and subject areas. With this in mind, PTA Mini-Grants generally fund:

  • Supplies, materials, and equipment including books, magazines, and newspapers

  • Support for school programs

  • Instructional software

  • Electronic equipment

  • Entry fees or admission costs to museums or other field trip destinations (but NOT other field trip costs, such as transportation. See below.)


What a Mini-Grant Cannot Fund

PTA guidelines limit Mini-Grant funding:

  • No private transportation costs, hotels, etc. (due to insurance limitations)

  • No salaries or substitute teacher costs

  • No funding for staff professional development or staff conferences of any kind

  • No gift cards

  • No food (unless it is to feed volunteers)

  • No furnishings for staff rooms, lunch rooms or principals’ offices

  • No athletics-related requests. Please check with M-A Athletic Boosters


How to Apply/Deadlines

To apply for a Mini-Grant, please complete the Mini-Grant Proposal Application (link below). You may also place your proposal in the Mini-Grant box in the mail room.

Please read the Important Reminders section below before submitting your application.

There are two rounds of Mini-Grant funding per year, and the deadlines for this year are as follows:

  • Deadline for Fall 2022: TBA

  • Deadline for Spring 2023: TBA


Important Reminders

  • Application deadlines are final; no late submissions will be accepted.

  • Fully complete the proposal including how the funds will be used.

  • Calculate expenditures carefully. The PTA will not fund any amounts over the amount approved (include tax and shipping costs).

  • Grant funds must be used for the purposes specified in the grant application.

  • Items purchased are the property of Menlo-Atherton High School.

  • It is a requirement to be a member of the M-A PTA to request a PTA Mini-Grant. Membership link below.

  • Complete the reimbursement request form when you are ready to be reimbursed. Please include a copy of your mini‐grant approval letter with the form.


PTA Mini-Grants Co-Chairs:
Julie Lee and Johanna Pilette