Our grants:

  • contribute to the excellence of the educational experience within Rochester Public Schools.
  • enable pilot projects that otherwise would not occur given very limited resources.
  • enrich student learning district-wide as successful projects serve as seeds to grow similar programs across Rochester's schools.

RPSF grants may NOT be used for:

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

Grant Guidelines and Application

​About RPSF Grants

Twice per year, grants of up to $3000 are awarded to Rochester Public Schools staff members for innovative projects that introduce new teaching methods, programs, or infrastructure within our schools. These small grants enable pilot projects with the goal of demonstrating that the project is able to achieve its stated goals and objectives. In essence, RPSF grants are intended to provide “seed money” rather than to provide ongoing funding or fill holes in budgets.

Do you have questions about the grant application?  Feel free to discuss your project proposal & grant application with RPSF!  Contact: 


Our Fall 2023 Grant Cycle is now open for projects that would begin between January 2024 and December 2024. The deadline for completed applications is Nov. 27, 2023, at 11:59 PM. Award notifications will be sent in late December with funds to be available in early January.

The Fall 2023 grant application, instructions, and guidelines can be found​ here.  You will find the link to the application itself inside of that document.

​Our Spring Grant Cycle, for projects that would begin any time during the 2024-2025 school year, is expected to open in March 2024.

Grant Funding Sources

RPSF receives its funding from a variety of sources, including fundraising, donations from individuals and businesses, and endowed funds that were established in memory of former RPS educators and other individuals.

Often, when RPSF awards a grant, we will state the source of the funding that we utilized to make the grant possible.

Please contact us if you would like information on establishing an endowed fund.