ISD197 Educational Foundation


Watch a brief highlight video of our 2023-24 grant awards.

2024-2025 Grant Awards

Click here to see the 2024-2025 Grant Awards

Thank you to all that applied and congratulations to those who received awards.

Foundation gives $25,000 to district libraries

The ISD197 Educational Foundation Board gifted the money to each of the school libraries (elementary, middle high school and early learning) to purchase books.

What We Fund

Gifts to the I.S.D. No. 197 Educational Foundation serve the interests of more than 4,600 students who attend its public schools. Our goal is to raise funds for programs and activities not funded through customary public funding. All gifts to the Foundation allow for more creative ways for students to learn, supporting initiatives that range from enrichment to intervention.  

Maximizing your Gift

ISD 197 Educational Foundation is entirely volunteer driven. This means that the dollars you contribute are used for programs and people. The Foundation does not employ any paid staff at this time, so no funds will be paid to any individual for their time helping with Foundation activities. When deciding to award grants, the Foundation considers projects designed to do one or more of the following (in no particular order):

 • Projects that make a positive contribution to attaining higher student achievement.
 • Programs that have the ability to be replicated/adapted on a district-wide basis.
 • Projects that improve basic learning skills and assist students reach their potential.
 • Programs that motivate students and keep alive their eagerness to learn.

Teacher Information

Teachers, grants are due each year on March 1st. The Foundation Board will review applications in March and April. Final decisions on awards will be some time in mid-April.

Click here for the grant application.

Click here for the grant guidelines information.