September 1, 2018
Dear Samohi Community:
The Samohi PTSA introduced the Mini-Grant program in 2004 to assist faculty and students with financial support for special projects. Mini-Grants were developed so that groups & clubs that do not currently receive funding from the PTSA or have regular fundraising activities may apply for awards of up to $250 each.
Applications are submitted to an advisory committee and are considered based on criteria that demonstrate both educational value and impact on the Samohi community as a whole. The committee also looks for innovative programs designed to expand on the basic curriculum. Mini-Grants are awarded to chartered clubs, sponsored by a faculty advisor, each semester.
Here are examples of past Mini-Grant awards: assistance with transportation costs and competition entry fees for the Mathletes Club; a Latino art gallery for the art department; the first Samohi United States History Day; Project Safe Zone; Racial Harmony; film equipment for Latin class productions; sheep brains for dissection in Biology; Quiz Bowl tests for Aca Deca; materials for competition entries for the Youth Engineering Club and Samohi Robotics Club; the model United Nations; Circle of Friends; college guidebooks for an in-class library; supplies for lunchtime tutoring; 25 putters to start the Golf unit in PE; assistance with entrance fees to the Body Worlds exhibit for Physiology students, and many more terrific, innovative projects on campus.
Grants of up to $250 each are available each semester. Each applicant must have a faculty sponsor to be considered. A one page evaluation form is to be completed and submitted to the PTSA upon completion of your project that was supported by a mini-grant. Applications will be thoroughly reviewed by an advisory committee that will award grants based on the following criteria:
- What is the purpose of your project? What is its educational and/or community value? How will participants benefit from your project?
- How will your project have an impact on the larger Samohi community? How do you propose to share information with other students, staff, and/or families?
- Does your group currently receive financial support from either the PTSA, SMMUSD or SMMEF?
- What other funding is available for your project? Do you have other fundraising efforts planned?
- How are students selected to participate in this project?
First semester grant applications are due Friday October 5, 2018, 4 p.m. Recipients will be notified by October 19, 2018.
Please email applications to Shireen Rafat at firstname.lastname@example.org and submit a hard copy to the committee via the Records Office - AD500 in the Administration Building. Look for the basket on the counter.
Questions? Email Shireen Rafat at email@example.com