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The Foundation’s Grants Program

Contributions and fundraising activities enable the Foundation to make grants to provide support to the current students at South High.  The grant money given to the school is for quite specific purposes and is intended to supplement the funding received from other sources such as the school district or the state. The grant support falls into three broad categories: 

Support services included, for instance, Mac Book computers for the language learning lab. Support for athletics included money for additional coaches. Fine arts support included funds for the theater department. Extracurricular support included money for Project Success. And academic support included money for the All Nations Program Cultural Exploration.

The Results

Here's a video of Eric Sayer, a teacher in South' music program, and one of his students, Anna Mulhern talking about the impact of the Foundation's grants.

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From 2006 through 2015, the total grants given rose from $45,000 to $133,000.  In 2014-2015, for example, the distribution of grant money looked like this:

For a more detailed list of grants for the 2014-15 school year, click on the link for the 2015 Annual Report and go to page 7.

The Process

  1. The requester at the school initiates the request for funding by submitting a grant request form. Click here to download a grant request form. Note that depending on your browser and option settings, you may not be able to fill in it within the browser - you may have to execute another step to download it.
  2. Fill it in on your computer, print it, sign it, and date it. Note that most of the fields are required.
  3. The request must then be sent to the South High School Principal (or the Athletic Director and then the Principal). 
  4. If the Principal finds the request appropriate, he or she will in turn forward it to the Foundation's Grants Committee for initial consideration using an established set of criteria.
  5. If the Committee approves the request using its existing guidelines, it is forwarded to the Board for review and a decision.  
  6. If the Board approves the grant request, it allocates (but does not issue) the funds. 

Finally, the requester must follow through by submitting appropriate receipts for any expenditures - this triggers the release of the allocated funds. At the completion of the project the requester must also submit a final report to the Foundation. This is to help the Board understand whether the intended results were achieved.

Interested in making a contribution to support the Foundation's grants for current students? Click on the "DonateNow" button to the right and visit the GiveMN site to make a contribution today!
To contact the Foundation by email click here to send a note.

The Mission of the Friends of South High Foundation: provide financial assistance and support for programs at South High School that directly enhance the students’ overall high school experience by enriching their academic, cultural and extracurricular experience; and to support and enhance their ability to further their education.