Grants

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.

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: October 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

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