Posted on November 13th, 2015

Ever Wonder If Your Giving Makes A Difference? 

Because of donations to the Edmond Public Schools Foundation, a grant was given to Central Middle School to purchase adaptive physical education equipment to address specific goals by staff for their students with autism.

Teachers Kim Ahlgren and Kim Henry share the ways students are feeling successful and learning critical communication skills as a result of donations and grants.

Posted on November 12th, 2015

How to Complete the Great Ideas Grant Application

​Perhaps you’ve already heard, but the Great Ideas Grant (GIG) Application is NOW OPEN! For those of you planning to apply for this wonderful funding opportunity, here are some key components of the application you will want to know:

The GIG Application cannot be saved while it is in-process. For this reason, we strongly encourage all applicants to pre-write their proposals and only begin the official online application once you are fully ready to submit. If you have pre-written your proposal, answering all the questions and inputting all your grant application specifics will take about 20 minutes. If your proposal requires any addendums, please email those directly to

 In order to proceed with the GIG Application, you must “AGREE” to a statement that you understand and have read the GIG guidelines and allows EPSF to utilize your grant application in the future for promotions or trainings.

In this section you will enter your personal and school contact information.

In this section you will have the opportunity to tell us about your grant proposal. Is it Individual or Collaborative? What is the timeline of implementation? Which Annual Operating Goal outlined by the Board of Education does your proposal address? Not sure what those are—just click here.

This is also the section in which you will enter your budget information—be sure to DOUBLE-CHECK your math!

The final questions of this section are the essays in which you tell us about the existing need and how your request will address that need. The questions are below:
ESSAY #1: 1) Why is the grant/project important? 2) How will the grant/project promote effective learning? 3) How will the grant/project benefit students?

ESSAY #2: Give detailed explanation of the activities the students will engage in using the requested resources.

ESSAY #3: Clearly describe how you will measure the success of this grant/project.

Are you ready to submit? We sure hope so!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any additional questions. EPSF will hold a special Grant Writing Workshop on Tuesday, November 17, 4:30 PM at EPSAC's Oklahoma Conference Rooms (RSVP to

Best of luck!

by Allison B. Lawrence on October 30th, 2015

I want to apply for a Great Ideas Grant, but I've never written a grant!

The Edmond Public Schools Foundation awards tens of thousands of dollars each year to Edmond Educators who—you guessed it—have GREAT IDEAS about how to best engage their students. You can learn more about the Great Ideas Grant application and policies here.

Grant writing can seem intimidating, especially if you have never done it before. Fear not! Grant writing is actually very straight forward and often the most successful grants are the simplest. You are the educator—YOU are the expert in what your students need!

In order to demystify the process, I have provided a few grant writing tips to assist you in developing and writing your proposal. These basic principles can be applied to any grant, not just for the Foundation.

1) READ THE ENTIRE APPLICATION—As an educator, how often have you uttered these words to your students? Well, this golden rule applies here too. Be sure you read through the policies and instructions before you begin. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

2) START WITH THE NEED & MAKE THE CASE—How are your students, colleagues, administrators, community, etc. negatively affected by this unmet need?

3) MAKE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE “ASK” AND THE “NEED”—Explain in plain language how your request (equipment, technology, curriculum, etc.) will assist in meeting the identified need?

4) STAY FOCUSED ON THE STUDENTS—Remember, you don’t need these resources, your students do! Framing your request is key. The evaluators need to feel the need and the connection.

5) COLLABORATE, COLLABORATE, COLLABORATE!—Who else at your school could benefit from the same resources? Could you share these between classrooms or even schools? Evaluators want the most “bang-for-their-buck” and sharing resources is a great way to stretch each Foundation dollar.

6) WHAT'S IN A NAME?—The Foundation received over 120 applications last year. You want your grant request to stand-out from the crowd, therefore spend time creating a memorable name and use clear anecdotes that present the need in plain language. Evaluators want to be energized by the applications. Get creative!



The Great Ideas Grant application is currently open through Friday, December 4, 2015. Grant applicants will have an opportunity to meet with EPSF Board members to discuss their requests after the application closes. During the review process, every application will be evaluated by 2 EPSF Board members and 2 Edmond Educators on a blind panel.

If you have any questions or would like additional assistance or resources in writing your grant request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best of luck through the writing process and I can’t wait to hear about your GREAT IDEAS!

Allison B. Lawrence
Program Director

*adapted from KB Konnected