School Innovation Grants – Open for Applications!
By: SLPS Foundation
Aug 21, 2018

The St. Louis Public Schools Foundation is proud to launch its 4th round of the School Innovation Grants, a program designed to recognize school leadership teams’ creativity and vision.  This program is made possible with generous support from Enterprise, Wells Fargo Advisors & Ameren.

Click here to access additional information about the School Innovation Grants program, and click here to download the application form

Applications for the School Innovation Grants are due on September 27, 2018 via email to for project implementation during the second semester of the 2018/19 school year.

The Foundation is soliciting school proposals (up to $8,000 to $10,000) for innovative solutions for one of the following three topics.

  1. Student Leadership: How can your school elevate student voice and leadership through student-led experiences or projects?
    Grant requests may be for up to $8,000 – $10,000 per school; projects supporting any grade are eligible.
  2. Transition-Readiness How can your school prepare students for transitions through coordination across schools, and/or building students’ sense of confidence/self-efficacy/belonging/agency? Consider transitions such as: elementary school to middle school; middle school to high school; or the middle school years as a transitional period in itself.
    Grant requests may be for up to $8,000 – $10,000 per school; two schools may collaboratively apply for a grant of up to $15,000. Projects supporting grades 5-9 are eligible.
  3. Reading On Grade Level: How can your school support students in reading on-grade-level, with a particular focus on students who are currently scoring basic or below basic on literacy assessments?
    Grant requests may be for up to $8,000 – $10,000 per school; projects supporting grades 2-6 are eligible.

For the 2018-19 school year, the grant format will be slightly adjusted from years past.  After awards are announced in early October, the first two months of the grant will be a “research and development” period, where school teams workshop and refine their project plans to prepare for implementation in the second semester of the school year. Please note that this means that proposals should be geared around a second-semester timeline for implementation.

The schools that are awarded in each category will come together several times throughout the school year at the SLPS Foundation Peer Learning Exchanges to discuss project implementation, share their experiences, trouble-shoot, and ultimately strengthen the overall systems that seek to address each topic.

For questions about the grants process, please contact Danielle Wallis at