Grant 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.

Betty Ann Diehl Grant for Music and Arts Education

The annual Diehl Grant is made possible through a $50,000 gift in 2003 from Sandpoint resident Betty Ann Diehl. The endowment is managed by the Idaho Community Foundation and is designated to make the annual education grant selections. Each year Panhandle Alliance for Education will select projects approximating $2,500. Proposed projects should be innovative and must support music and /or arts education in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. Applicants may simultaneously apply for a Diehl Grant and a grant from another category.

Betty Ann Diehl - In 2003, Betty Ann Diehl created an endowment with the Idaho Community Foundation (ICF) and designated Panhandle Alliance for Education as adviser to ICF on grant awards.  She directed that projects support music and/or arts education in the Lake Pend d’Oreille School District.  Betty Ann Diehl grew up in Sandpoint and graduated from Sandpoint High

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Dave and Laurie Wall Grant for Math and Science Education

The annual Dave and Laurie Wall Grant is made possible through a $100,000 gift in 2006 from Sandpoint residents Dave and Laurie Wall. The endowment is managed by the Idaho Community Foundation and is designated to make the annual grant selections. Each year Panhandle Alliance for Education will select projects approximating $5,000. Proposed projects should be innovative and must support math and science education in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. Applicants may simultaneously apply for a Wall Grant and a grant from another category.

Laurie & Dave Wall - The Dave and Laurie Wall Award for math and science education was initiated in 2006, thanks to a legacy gift from the Sandpoint residents. The Walls funded an endowment managed by the Idaho Community Foundation (ICF). At their request it provides for an annual grant of approximately $5,000 to support math and science education in

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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 consider District Leadership Grants – an opportunity for principals and teachers to seek self-improvement and leadership skills. This is a new grant to encourage teachers to get training to prepare themselves for administrative roles, such as attending seminars or continuing education to develop those skills. This will fall into the $2,500 Teacher Grant category. 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.