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PTSA Mini Grants for Special Projects

Samohi Clubs - Apply for a Grant for Your Club!

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:
  1. What is the purpose of your project? What is its educational and/or community value? How will participants benefit from your project?
  2. 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?
  3. Does your group currently receive financial support from either the PTSA, SMMUSD or SMMEF?
  4. What other funding is available for your project? Do you have other fundraising efforts planned?
  5. 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 and submit a hard copy to the committee via the Records Office - AD500 in the Administration Building.  Look for the basket on the counter.
Good luck!

Questions? Email Shireen Rafat at

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