• Grants to Educators Applications for 2023 Are now Closed

    Grants to Educators  

    This year, the Plano ISD Education Foundation will fund $150,000 (up from $125,000 in past years) in individual and team grants. Grants can be for new technology, after-school programming, materials or student experiences.

    Applicants apply for grant money to fund transformative methods in teaching and learning that will help classrooms serve the students of Plano ISD. Grants up to $2,000 can be given to single applicants or up to $3,500 for multi-campus grants. 

    Teachers, librarians, campus-based instructional specialists and counselors are encouraged to apply each Fall. Thank you to all who submitted 2023 grant applications. The application deadline has passed and applications are now closed.

    Application step-by-step instructions


  • Grants to Educators Partnership Opportunities Available for 2023

    The Grants to Educators program is funded annually by the Plano ISD Education Foundation (PISDEF) and by our business partners. Partnership opportunities are still available for the 2023 Grants to Educators program, one of the most rewarding and popular partnerships. CLICK HERE for more information about Grants to Educators partnership levels. Some partners have contributed to Grants to Educators each year.
    Each year grant winning educators are surprised in their classrooms by the grant patrol made up of partners, volunteers and district staff. These deliveries are an exciting opportunity to see your partnership dollars at work by joining the grant patrol. Grants to Educators help Plano ISD educators enhance instruction in schools and classrooms across the district. “Everyone who has the privilege to participate in this event loves seeing our teachers’ exuberance and appreciation as we present them with these grants! These grants symbolize that we believe in them and in the work that they are doing for our Plano ISD students,” said Plano ISD Education Foundation Senior Executive Director Brittnea Ussery.  

    Thank You Partners!

    quotation mark large  I was generously awarded a 2022 Education Foundation Grant for Camp EPICC (Empower, Promote, and Inspire Confident Communication) - a camp for children in Plano ISD who stutter.

    My grant application included the implementation of a camp to provide education, inspiration and resources to students (and their families) throughout the district. This camp consisted of three-days in the summer for students in grades K-12 who stutter. The older students were mentors and leaders for the younger students, and the camp provided community, education, communication confidence and self-advocacy skills to all participating students. I used data collected through Camp EPICC to further the knowledge of SLPs and teachers who work with students who stutter in Plano ISD. 

    This grant opportunity led to a partnership with the University of Texas to bring Camp Dream Speak Live to Plano ISD! The grant covered the camp in part and the Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering at UT covered the rest. The camp was held in June, with finance approval, grant funds were used after the deadline and the program implementation happened in summer after the school year's close.  

    Lauren Scurry
    Speech Language Pathologist 
    Shepard Elementary

    2022 Grants to Educators Sponsors!

    Logos: Park Place Lexus Plano, HEB and Coserv Charitable Foundation
  • 101 Plano ISD Teachers Surprised on November 3, 2022 with $127,000+ in Grants From Education Foundation

    Congratulations to our 2022 Grant Winners (Listed by Campus)


    Amid gleeful smiles and student cheers, 101 Plano ISD teachers across 54 schools were surprised on Thursday, November 3 with $127,000+ in grants to support on-campus initiatives that promote student enrichment. These grants are funded annually by the Plano ISD Education Foundation and business sponsors.

    I love getting to see how excited the students are for their teachers, especially those younger students who don’t bother to hide their excitement. All of them will have a story to tell – their teacher is a winner, and those lucky students will find out in the grant presentation what their teacher has planned for them. Whatever the grant is intended for, we know that it is something special that was only made possible with the generous support of the Education Foundation and their partners.” stated Plano ISD Superintendent Dr. Theresa Williams. 

    The grant process began weeks ago as educators across the district were invited to apply. Grant applications were judged by a crew of volunteers who completed a scoring rubric that aimed to rate applications on important elements like expected outcomes and how the grant money will be spent. Details regarding the research behind the requests as well as how projects support the Plano ISD strategic plan were also required in the applications. 

    Funded grants run the gamut from science, English language learning, special education, libraries, field trips and more. They include programs for all age levels from preK to senior high.