BPS Foundation Grants

  Robert & Lois Watts Grants

Made possible due to a 1 million dollar gift to the BPS Foundation, the Robert & Lois Watts permanent endowment fund has been established. A portion of interest earned yearly on the endowment will fund hands-on learning and career and technical education projects approved by the BPS but lack funding.

Teacher 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.

  Timothy C Nordquist Memorial Fund

In memory of Tim, this fund provides a BPS special education student the opportunity to enhance their education through enrichment programs or a BPS teacher the chance to enhance their classroom or participate in special education staff development.

  Spring Deadline: April 1st

The Watts Grants is comprised of a set of four (4) $25,000 grant opportunities and a category for smaller grants that will be competing in a pool worth $25,000. The Watts grants give preference the areas of Family & Consumer Science, Career & Technical Education.

The Innovation Grants and Timothy C. Nordquist grants will also be due on April 1st. If you would like to brainstorm or ask questions about writing a grant, email Kayla at kayla_kleven@bismarckschools.org to set up a time with you individually or a team of people interested in dreaming or learning more about writing a successful application.

Robert & Lois Watts Grants

The Robert & Lois Watts grant program has been made possible due to a 1 million dollar gift to the BPS Foundation. The Robert & Lois Watts permanent endowment fund has been established. A portion of interest earned yearly on the endowment will fund hands-on learning and career and technical education projects approved by the BPS but lack funding. Lois taught Home Economics for Bismarck Public Schools for 24 years before helping Bob manage his business, Capital Aviation. Both graduated from Bismarck High School in the 1930s.

Conditions for Receiving Robert & Lois Watts Grants

  • Grant recipient shall agree to use BPSF Watts funds solely for purpose intended and requested. If the project changes significantly from the original request notify the BPSF immediately.
  • Within one month after the project is completed, the grantee shall provide a written report evaluating the grant project and showing that the funds were used as requested and awarded.
  • Grantees shall return any unused funds from the grant award to the BPSF within one month after the project is completed. If a project cannot be implemented, the grantee shall immediately return all funds to the BPSF.

Any material acquired shall remain at the sponsoring school.

Grant-making Guidelines

  • Any Bismarck Public School Teacher or Administrator is eligible to apply for a Watts Fund grant. Preference shall be given to the areas of Family & Consumer Science, Career &Technical Education.
  • Requests must be consistent with the Bismarck Public School district’s mission and must be within the following areas of interest:
    1. Special projects which promote hands-on learning
    2. Projects that encourage critical thinking
    3. Projects that encourage problem-solving
    4. Projects that encourage self-reliance
  • Grants will be considered only for projects/uses which are approved but not funded or sufficiently funded through the Bismarck Public Schools.
  • Teachers or Administrators may make grant applications individually or collaboratively. Grant applications which show collaboration within a discipline or course of study or grade level are encouraged.

Grant Application and Selection Process

  • Requests for BPSF funding from the Watts Fund must be submitted using the Robert & Lois Watts Grant Application available here.
  • Application deadlines: November 1 for second and summer semester grants, and April 1 for first semester grants. Within about 45 days after the deadline, all applicants will be notified about the status of their grant request.

Questions should be directed to:

Kayla Effertz Kleven
Executive Director
701-595-1844

Teacher 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.

Conditions for Receiving Teacher Innovation Grant Funds

  • Grant recipient shall agree to use BPSF grant funds solely for purpose intended and requested. If the project changes significantly from the original request, notify the BPSF immediately.
  • Within one month after the project is completed, grantees shall provide a blog submission of at least 250 words explaining the grant project demonstrating that the funds were used as requested and awarded. One picture required.
  • Grantees shall return any unused funds from the grant award to the BPSF within one month after the project is completed. If a project cannot be implemented, the grantee shall immediately return all funds to the BPSF.
  • Any material acquired shall remain at the sponsoring school.

Grant-making Guidelines

  • Any Bismarck Public School teacher is eligible to apply for an Innovation Grant.
  • Any discipline, course of study or activity, which is recognized by the Bismarck Public Schools is eligible for consideration for a grant. Requests must be consistent with the school district’s mission and must be within the Bismarck Public Schools Foundation areas of interest. Areas of interest are:
    1. Special Projects which promote Creativity, Exploration, Discovery, Investigative and strategizing techniques
    2. Enriched library and fine arts collections
    3. Scholarships for teachers
  • Grants will be considered only for projects/uses which are approved but not funded or sufficiently funded through the Bismarck Public Schools.
  • Educators may make grant applications individually or collaboratively. Grant applications which show collaboration within a discipline or course of study or grade level are given priority.

Timothy C Nordquist Memorial Fund

Don and Kathy Nordquist have established the Timothy C. Nordquist Memorial Fund in memory of their son who passed away in 2010.

Tim was a student in the Bismarck Public Schools from K through 12 and then two years of Life Ed. He especially enjoyed his time with the staff and students at Pioneer Elementary during the early 1990’s.

The purpose of this Fund is to allow a Bismarck Public School special education student or teacher to enhance their education through the purchase of a piece of needed equipment, or for transportation costs for educational enrichment, or fees for student summer camp, or opportunities for special education staff development.