Grants

Supplemental funding is a critical element of school finance, especially during times of austere budgets at the state level.

Des Moines Public Schools maintains a staff of grant writers who identify a wide range of potential funding sources and ensure that the district competes effectively for those funds.

Purpose: The Grants Team generates revenue for the school district by securing grant awards the federal, state, and local levels.  

Proposal Writing: Grant writers collaborate with staff to write proposals. An internal process guides the assignment of grant opportunities to the eligible programs/projects that are most in need of funding or are the best fit with the funder’s priorities. 

Technical Assistance: For staff that are interested in writing proposals, the Grants Team can guide this process and provide technical assistance throughout (IE: grant seeking, writing, and submitting of proposals).

Funder Relations: Grant writers and staff have the important task of cultivating funder relationships as part of the grant writing and grant management processes. Ensuring we are meeting a funder’s requirements and submitting all progress and annual reports on time are   examples of ways to strengthen the relationship. This will often increase our chances of receiving future grant awards from funders.    

Contact Information: For more information about the grants process, or to inquire about an upcoming grant opportunity, contact the grant writers listed below.

Casaundra Christensen
515-242-7398
casaundra.christensen@dmps.k12.ia.us

Lori Brenno
515-242-8215
lori.brenno@dmps.k12.ia.us