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Mini-Grants fund innovative instruction in district classrooms

In 2005, the Mini-Grant program started with a stack of dozens of requests for three $500 awards. Today, Mini-Grant applications are accepted twice a year, there are no dollar limits on the application, and the program boasts a budget of over $10,000.00 annually. Since that small start, the Foundation has awarded over $175,000.00 to Sedalia School District #200 teachers and staff to use in the classroom. Mini-Grants are an important part of the Foundation’s vision to provide all Sedalia School District students with innovative opportunities.

Any Sedalia #200 staff member may apply for a mini-grant. Mini-Grants should be innovative and creative in nature. Grant requests for reusable materials/supplies will be given priority, but Mini Grants may not be used for textbooks. Before applying for a Mini-Grant please read the complete criteria, deadlines, and instructions in the “SSDF Mini-Grant Information Sheet”.

SSDF Mini-Grant Information Sheet

SSDF Mini-Grant Application

Questions about the Mini-Grant Application and Information Sheet should be directed to the Sedalia School District Foundation at or 660-829-2562.

A student in Janice Hargrave’s art class at Parkview Elementary studies a butterfly specimen as part of the Leonardo Meets Science mini-grant. Students draw a first draft after studying science specimens with a magnifying glass both purchased through the mini-grant.

Marcy Cash received a mini-grant to purchase kitchen equipment for the Transition program at Smith-Cotton High School. She wrote, “Your generous donation was incredibly helpful, and allowed us to provide and equip our students with valuable life skills. The students were very excited to help unpack some of the items purchased.”

Students in Kaela Reeves Algebra II class at Smith-Cotton Junior High work an equation on a graphing calculator purchased with a mini-grant from the Foundation. Students use graphing calculators to visualize and interpret the characteristics of different graphs, such as quadratic and exponential. Also, students will be able to utilize the graphing calculators when taking their end of course exam for Algebra.

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