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MINI-GRANTS

M-A Staff and Student Clubs

Established in 1999, the M-A PTA Mini-Grant Program aims to serve as many M-A students as possible by funding one-time events or supplies where 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 mini-grants should benefit the largest number of students possible across a variety of grade levels and subject areas. With this in mind, mini-grants generally fund:

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

  • Support for school programs

  • Instructional CDs, videos and software

  • Electrical or 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 for:

  • 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 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 2021 is 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 24

  • Deadline for Spring 2022 is 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 18

 

Important Reminders

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

  • Fully complete the Mini-Grant 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, especially for internet purchases).

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

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

  • It is now a requirement to be a member of the M-A PTA in order to request a mini-grant. Information about joining the PTA. Link provided 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.

 

Mini-Grants Chair:

  • Julie Lee

  • Johanna Pilette-understudy