• Dear Colleagues –

    WE HOPE YOUR YEAR is off to a great start! Once again, the Foundation's Trustees look forward to funding your creative ideas in the Arts, Academic Enrichment, Literacy, School & Community Engagement and STEM areas during the 2019-2020 academic calendar.

    Again this year, a heavy focus will fall on 4-H Projects funded by our partners at ADM.

    4-H curriculum offers a wide variety of options, and you can view the online guide here:


    The Macon County Extension Office is another great collaborator, and will send 4-H educators to visit, facilitate and support you to implement meaningful projects in your classroom. Feel free to call our Foundation office ahead of time at (217) 362-3042 if you want to talk about whether your idea is a good fit for 4-H funding.

    Take a moment to look over our general guidelines for applying. Keep in mind that they are flexible and that the staff is always happy to talk about your idea before you submit a formal proposal.

    DPS Foundation Grant Guidelines

    You will find our clickable, download-able, fill out-able, printable application documents below.


    The First-Year Teacher application is HERE

    The Mini-Grant proposal form (for projects under $500) is HERE

    The General Grant proposal form (for projects from $501 and up) is HERE

    The Grant Report document is HERE

    The Victory Fund application form is HERE

    Don’t be shy about typing or calling or dropping by PDI to discuss your idea before submitting a proposal!

    AS A REMINDER for those who are granted project funding for this year, recall that each project requires a Grant Report, which is due back electronically to the Foundation Office (via this email address) by Friday, June 1, 2020.

    Please type this way or call the office with any questions. You will find the Reporting Form below. PLEASE REMEMBER TO SAVE your report with the name of your project, so that the Foundation office staff maintains its (relative) sanity. Very few things are less fun than sorting through a hundred proposals named some variation of “Foundation Grant Application…”

    All our best wishes for a great year!

    Zach Shields
    Executive Director
    Decatur Public Schools Foundation
    (217) 362-3042