RPSF will have one grant cycle that aligns with the Rochester School District's exemplary fall grant cycle. The deadline for this grant application is

To Be Announced

​The maximum budget request is $2500.

Eligible applicants are staff of Rochester Public School District #535, and any students or volunteers working in partnership with these staff members.

RPSF funding comes from community members, businesses, corporations, other foundations, civic organizations, parents and school staff. Most grants are supported by a General Fund, that accepts gifts made in honor or in memory of a designee. Designated funds also support a few grants.
  • engage community members who become aware of very innovative projects, which increases donations to RPSF, creating a bigger impact on children’s lives.
  • enable pilot projects that otherwise would not occur given very limited resources.
  • Recipients must submit a project summary of outcomes and lessons learned, along with pictures, to RPSF within one year of receiving grant funds. Submission may use a form on this website or be emailed to GrantCommittee@rpsf.org

RPSF grants may NOT be used for...

  • participation in seminars, college courses, or workshops.
  • compensation for time and/or services for public school personnel.
  • ​code 7’s (substitute teachers) except for a teacher supervising students in grant-related activities.
  • documentation.
  • purchase of food unless request is integral to the completion of the grant.


  • Proposals must follow the format in the application RPSF provides; please do not leave a section(s) blank.

  • Applicants must discuss the feasibility and the implementation of the proposal with the appropriate Building Administrator. Comments from the Building Administrator and the date reviewed must be included on the first page of the application.

  • Technology purchases must obtain the approval of the Technology Support Services Coordinator. The name and date reviewed must be on the first page.

  • ​One Project Director must be a district staff member.

  • Proposals must define SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable. Realistic & Time-bound) goals in detail.

  • Proposals must stress positive long-term impacts that align with Rochester Public School's mission.

These RPSF grants...
  • may enrich student learning district-wide as successful projects serve as seeds to grow similar programs across Rochester's schools.
  • help school staff and volunteers to spark our kids’ sense of discovery and enthusiasm for learning.

High-scoring RPSF grant applications...

  • very clearly & concisely discuss an expansion or a complement to some aspect of academic program, even when the request is for new infrastructure.
  • focus on creative & unique learning experiences that enrich student's learning or social-emotional growth.
  • appear to be doable within the provided timeline to reviewers who are peer staff.
  • ​strengthen school, home & community partnerships.
  • have a potential to be implemented elsewhere provided a project's objectives are realized.
  • In addition, grant recipients are required to share the results, outcomes, and lessons learned from their grants with their grade-level or department team at a staff meeting, in a Moodle lesson or at the district share fair.

Feel free to discuss your educational proposal & grant application with RPSF!

Contact GrantCommittee@rpsf.org

Reporting Requirements:

Grant Guidelines and Application