Annual teacher grants provided by the Panhandle Alliance for Education constitute our signature program. Teacher grants are awarded each year to teachers and administrators who seek support for educational projects, supplies or equipment not otherwise funded. Grant requests are judged for innovation, creativity, collaboration and impact on student learning.

A winning project is innovative, challenging and oriented toward raising student achievement. Panhandle Alliance for Education will consider many types of grants in various categories, as well as several privately funded dedicated grants funded by individual donors. Find out more below about our grant program options.

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PROGRAM OPTIONS

TEACHER INVESTMENT GRANT

Panhandle Alliance for Education will invest up to $2,500 to support individual Teacher Grant proposals. A winning project is innovative, challenging and oriented toward raising student achievement. Results are measurable. The project must be completed during the school year following award. Priority will be given to projects that involve collaboration – students and teachers working together to achieve success. Projects may involve outside-of-class, voluntary student activity groups. Funds should be used for materials, equipment and services. As a general rule, capital improvements (bricks and mortar) will not be funded. The Grants Committee will consider awards up to $7,500 where two or more teachers propose a joint, collaborative project.

SCHOOL INVESTMENT GRANT

Panhandle Alliance for Education will invest up to $10,000 to support school-wide grant proposals. A winning project will be rooted in the school district’s strategic plan. Priority will be given to projects that test new ideas in teaching methods, address student conduct issues such as harassment and truancy, or aim to improve student success in reading, math, and written communication. The Grants Committee will expect school-wide projects to promote collaboration among teachers, staff and administrators. Results must be measurable.

MASTER CLASS GRANT

Panhandle Alliance for Education will consider proposals for Master Classes offered by leading lights in the arts, humanities and sciences. A grant would pay a modest stipend and, if necessary, travel costs to bring an expert to Bonner County. Priority will be given to programs where the expert combines a lecture, performance or demonstration with intensive individual student contact.

SPECIAL INVESTMENT GRANT

Panhandle Alliance for Education will consider Special Investment Grants – project proposals that do not fit in teacher, school or master class grant categories. The Grants Committee will expect the applicant to address the grant award criteria as applicable. Particular attention should be paid to the cost benefit analysis.

DISTRICT LEADERSHIP GRANT

Panhandle Alliance for Education will invest up to $2,500 to support District Leadership Grants – an opportunity for principals and teachers to seek self-improvement and leadership skills. This is a grant to encourage teachers to get training to prepare themselves for administrative roles, such as attending seminars or continuing education to develop those skills.  The Grants Committee will expect the applicant to address the grant award criteria as applicable. Particular attention should be paid to the cost benefit analysis.

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Donor Directed Grants Recognition for Excellence

BETTY ANN DIEHL GRANT FOR MUSIC AND ARTS EDUCATION:

The annual Diehl Award is made possible through an endowment gift from Sandpoint resident Betty Ann Diehl.  Each year the Alliance Grants Committee will select projects that are innovative and support music and/or arts education in the Lake Pend Oreille School District.

DAVE AND LAURIE WALL GRANT FOR MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION:

The annual Dave and Laurie Wall  Award(s) is made possible through an endowment gift from Sandpoint residents Dave and Laurie Wall.  Each year the Alliance Grants Committee will select projects that are innovative and support math and science education in the Lake Pend Oreille School District.

LESLEY GOFFINET GRANT FOR LITERATURE:

The annual Lesley Goffinet Award is made possible through an endowment gift from Sandpoint resident Lesley Goffinet.  Each year the Alliance Grants Committee will select projects that are innovative and support literature education in the Lake Pend Oreille School District.

GLASS SLIPPER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE:

The annual Glass Slipper Award is made possible through an endowment gift from Sandpoint resident Georgia Simmons.  Each year the Alliance Grants Committee selects a project that best meets the following criteria: innovation, collaboration among teachers, teamwork among students, and high caliber anticipated outcome.