BPSF Grants

BPSF Grants

Our annual grant program provides the means to connect students with the resources, experiences and opportunities to meet their full potential and enhance learning in our local classrooms. Grants are available to meet a diversity of educator needs and BIG IDEAS are encouraged, however, our priorities for this granting round are:

  • Student Wellness or Social and Emotional Development
  • The Visual and Performing Arts
  • STEM
Enrichment & Innovation Grants are available up to $1,000
BIG IDEA applicants can seek up to $5,000


The opportunity to apply for a BPSF grant is open!

All BPS principals, educators, staff and special district programs are encouraged to apply. Too busy? We have a dedicated volunteer resource available to take you ideas and help craft them into a successful grant! Outside organizations are not eligible for BPSF grants.

Please contact 360-676-6479 or email foundation@bellinghamschools.org with any questions.


 Before you seek a 2017-2018 grant from BPSF please note:


All equipment and materials provided with Foundation funds are district assets, available to other teachers and classrooms when the grantee is not using it.
All proposals must be approved by your school principal and/or district administration.  Your principal should agree that your proposal is an appropriate use of BPSF funds and concur that other sources of funding do not exist.
There are funds available for three Foundation BIG IDEA Grants this year available to fund proposals up to $5,000.  There are at least $25,000 in funds available to support an Enrichment and Innovation Grant at potentially every school.
We have a dedicated volunteer available to help you translate your big ideas into a successful grant application.  If you don’t have grant writing experience or lack the time to complete an application but you have an important program for us to consider, please let us know and we can connect you with a volunteer resource.  We are here to help you!

The timeline for the 2017 grant process:


 October 16th: Grant window opens
November 26th: Grant applications DUE BY MIDNIGHT
Week January. 2nd- 5th: Enrichment and Innovation Grant winners notified by email
Week of January 8th-12th: BIG IDEA Grant award presentations

Grant application process:


 STEP 1 – Complete and review the following application. This form is just a template to help you prepare your final online application. We highly recommend you formulate your answers ahead of time, using these templates, as you cannot save the online form and return to it later.
Click HERE to download the Foundation BIG IDEA Grant Application Template
Click HERE to download the Enrichment and Innovation Grant Template
Click HERE to download the Judging Rubric
STEP 2 – Submit your documentation ONLINE by clicking on the buttons below:
STEP 3 – Funding
A grant agreement must be signed by the responsible parties before funds are released.
STEP 4 – Final reporting
All enrichment grantees are required to complete a brief final report so we can share your success with our donors, who make these grants possible!

See last year’s winners!


Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to award $20,000 in enrichment and innovation grants!

Title Applicant School Affiliation
Science with Sensors – Measuring our Universe! Schelle & Tony Sehome
Microscopic Observations, Major Impact Kate Baehr Family Homeschool Partnership
The ANTS Go Marching! Animals As Natural Therapy Katherine Kyrt Special Education
Ready, Steady, Go! Movement for Learning Danene Park Happy Valley Preschool
Commitment to Diversity: Celebrating LGBTQ in our Middle School Libraries Stephanie Schlotterback Fairhaven
Hoop House Battery Backup Jeff Coulter Whatcom
Feeding our Future: Cooking and Baking with BSD’s Littlest Learners Kari Lee Happy Valley Preschool
Time with Animals to Build Self-Confidence and Regulation Mary Sepler Lowell
Second Grade Wiggles! Lingbloom/Hawes/Candini Northern Heights
The gift of 80,000 books Julie Davis Alderwood
Happy Valley Time Capsule Karen Toliver Happy Valley
Zones Tool Kits Robin Russell Roosevelt
Math and literacy enrichment and intervention technology Matt Whitten Birchwood
Class Set of Half the Sky Shannon Eubank Sehome
Documentaries for Civics! Piper Myrtle Sehome
Nurturing reluctant writers Donna Richards Northern Heights
Trauma-Informed Practices for All Staff Paul Gutzler Wade King
Supporting student needs through adaptive technology Julie Batten Columbia
Creating a Non Fiction Resource Library for IB Nicole Lingbloom Alderwood
What Lights You Up? Nicole Talley Silver Beach
Amazing Animal Art Julia Ritchie Geneva
Comprehensive Coordination of Afterschool Enrichment Amy Berreth Sunnyland
Creating a Positive School Culture Byron Gerard Options High School
Elementary Gymnastics Superstars Jessica Sankey Elementary P.E. Supplies


Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to award $12,500 in Impact grants!

$5,000 Impact Grant goes to Shuksan Middle School’s Students Leading Students mentor program!

This student mentor program is an innovative approach that develops student leadership capacity to facilitate conversations which support the growth of positive school culture. The program is based on Restorative Practices, which “seek to develop good relationships and restore a sense of community in an increasingly disconnected world.”

Middle school students today continue to face the same concerns we did in school, but they also have the added burden of navigating complex issues such as: social media addiction, substance abuse, self-harm, nutrition, and adverse childhood experiences. Students need a high level of skill to act as resources of support. This program will support mentors to express their concerns for peers, advocate for change, assist others, and create a strong sense of belonging for all students in the school.

In 2017-2018, grant funds will train 50 student mentors to lead conversations in extended learning classes throughout the year including a two-day summer institute. We especially value the ability to reach out to “non-traditional” student leaders for this role.

These mentors will have an impact on all 600+ students in the school, through an increase in student voice and opportunities to practice meaningful conversation.

We are thrilled to be able to support Shuksan’s school community with this award!

SMS Students Leading Students

$5,000 Impact Grant to help Build a Resilient School Community at Cordata Elementary School!

With the support of BPSF, Cordata will be able to train all school staff members in the principles of positive discipline using a trauma-informed approach. Cordata experiences high levels of challenging behavior, with a large population of students who suffer the effects of childhood trauma and chronic stress.

Through a 15-hour professional development training with a Seattle based non-profit, they will develop consistent classroom-based practices that are grounded in brain research. This work puts into action the core beliefs that every child should be loved, and that the whole child is important. We are so EXCITED to make this investment in their school community.


The BRIDGES Program at Squalicum High School was our final Impact Grant award winner for 2017!

The BRIDGES program will put their $2,500 award towards seed money to launch a student run BRIDGES BREWS Coffee Shop. The coffee shop will provide an authentic job opportunity to help students who are profoundly impacted by their emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) acquire relevant job and life skills .

Individuals with EBD experience longer delays in obtaining employment after graduation, are more likely to be employed part time and hold multiple short term jobs rather than single, long term employment. This opportunity is designed to connect and integrate BRIDGES students with their school community, build peer and staff relationships, and learn responsibility while building leadership skills and self esteem.

By supporting the district’s EBD program, we are placing faith and value in a population of students who do not always experience love through interactions at home, school and in our community.

We are eagerly awaiting our first cup of coffee! Hurrah!!!

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