The Foundation’s Grants Program
Contributions, donations, and fundraising activities provide money to support the students at South High. The Foundation helps fund projects and activities that are not covered by district or state funds. Reductions in state and federal funding make the Foundation a resource for teachers. Teachers with an idea for a project, class or activity that will directly benefit current South students can write a two-page Grant Application to briefly explain their idea and request funding.
The Foundation’s Grants Committee meets monthly to review the grant applications and decides which applications to fund based on:
- the number of students served,
- the amount of money needed, and
- the goals of the project.
Foundation grants help fund a wide range of programs and projects including:
- Academic programs such as All Nations Program Cultural Exploration project
- Fine Arts such as the student art show at Modus Locus gallery and Theater Department stage productions
- Athletics such as strength and conditioning coach for all student athletes to use for weight training
- Extracurricular activities such as a the YMCA Model UN and field trips to a professional printmaker and the Eagle Bluff Environmental Center
- Support services such as incentives to get students to get to school every day and be on time for classes and computer equipment for classroom LANS the students help build.
The photos above show the 2019 spring musical "Seussical" and the new tuba, both supported by Foundation grants.
Here's a brief article from the Achieve Minneapolis newsletter:
Here's a video of Eric Sayer, a teacher in South's music program, and one of his students, Anna Mulhern talking about the impact of the Foundation's grants.
During the 2019 and 2020 school years the Foundation funded over $180,000 in grants funding.
The amount for 2021 will be lower due to the impact of the pandemic - but the need continues. Check out the 2021 Spring Newsletter for "creative ways for students to learn."
The Source of the Funds
You Can Help
Your donation can help fund programs for South students. You can make either a donation to the South High Foundation general fund or a dedicated donation to help pay for a particular project you want to support. For instance, one South graduate really enjoyed being on the Debate Team. He credits teacher and Debate coach Doug Davis for helping him build his confidence, learn public speaking, and develop clear thinking skills – all of which aided his successful career as an attorney. The appreciative graduate donated funds to specifically cover the costs for the South High Debate Team traveling to out-of-state tournaments in Illinois and Iowa. Without the donation, there would not have been enough money to cover the costs of the tournaments and the Debate Team would have been limited to a few local competitions.
How to Donate
If you would like to support a program or specific project please contact the Foundation. Or you can mail a check to the Foundation with a letter explaining what you want to happen with your donation. Contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 612-668-4344 to discuss the program or project and the funding.
To donate to the Foundation’s general fund, click here.
The Grant Process for Members of the South High Community
For instructions on how to request a grant from the Foundation, click here.
For instructions on how to request a payment for an approved grant from the Foundation, click here.
For instructions on how to complete a grant report, click here.
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.