Bismarck Public Schools Foundation Announces Record Breaking Dollars for Grants

August 24, 2017

(Bismarck, N.D.) The Bismarck Public Schools Foundation will be awarding over $100,000 in grants to Bismarck Public Schools teachers during the 2017-2018 school year. This marks a record-breaking amount of money that the Foundation has been able to grant largely due to major endowed gifts coming to maturity.

The grants will be awarded to teachers and administrators based upon competitive application. There will be three categories of grants awarded. The first category is the Watts Grant, given by Robert and Louis Watts. Grants awarded under this application must be hands on, encourage critical thinking, problem-solving and self-reliance. Over $90,000 will be given away in this category.

The second category of grants awarded are entitled Innovation Grants. The Innovation Grants are geared towards big ideas that foster innovation in the school and have a cost of over $1000.  $20,000 will be awarded in this category thanks to a matching grant provided by Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

The third category of grants are ongoing live fundraising events titled #Donate4Impact. These project ideas are posted on the BPS Foundation website and will be awarded based upon funds raised. This will enable funding on a real-time basis for many different needs in our schools.

“The Foundation is thrilled to be able to make this kind of impact on in the Bismarck Public School system,” said Jason Millner, Bismarck Public Schools Foundation President. “These grants will allow our teachers to test out their innovative ideas and create an even better working and learning environment for our teachers and children.”

Funds will not be awarded for regularly approved curriculum or infrastructure needs. Multiple awardees will be named in each category.  A committee of BPS Foundation Board members make the recommendations to the full BPS Foundation board for the final awards. The first grant deadline is October 1. For more information about the Bismarck Public Schools Foundation, grant guidelines, scholarships or how to make a donation, contact or visit

Kayla Effertz Kleven