grant program

Through the Foundation’s Award Program, funds are available to teachers, clubs, students, and parents for use in educational endeavors that benefit students in Ankeny and reach beyond the regular budget limitations of the school system. There is one granting period per year, and the Foundation has awarded educational grants to more than 583 projects totaling over $285,000.

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Foundation Grant Application

Please see below for further grant information and application instructions. Please use a separate form for each grant request.

  • Restricted Grants Available

    Various Foundation donors have provided funding for grants meeting the stipulations set by the donor. These grant stipulations are described below. Please note, it is not necessary to identify which grant you are applying for on your application. When scoring grant applications, the committee takes into account whether the application qualifies based on the restrictions noted below, and awards the grants

    • Care Initiatives Grant - Donated by Care Initiatives in honor of Keith Hopkins. Grants totaling $1,000 per year are available for programs connecting students with the elderly.
    • Hoelzle Grant - Donated by Inger Lamb. $200 grants available for classroom supplies to aid teaching about the natural environment.

    Unrestricted Grants Available

    In addition to the restricted donor funds listed above, various Foundation donors have provided funding for grants to be used in all educational categories, as follows:

    • Ben Norman Honorary Grant ‐ $500 grant each granting period.
    • John Deere Des Moines Works ‐ $10,000 per year to be awarded in up to $1,000 increments.
    • Michael Burright Memorial Grant ‐ $150 grant each granting period.
    • Polk County Betterment Grant ‐ $2,500 grant to be awarded in up to $1,000 increments.

    Past Recipients

    The grant program has supported a variety of innovative projects across the district, including the Computer Aided Design Lab at Ankeny High School (AHS), a Treats for Troops project at Northview Middle School, an after school literacy program for Parkview Middle School, and an Earth Day beautification project at Ashland Ridge Elementary. The AHS Academic Boosters Club was formed with a mission to raise academic achievements and attitudes, and received initial funding from the Ankeny School Foundation.

    Other projects have ranged from the enormously popular “Prom Night” for retired citizens of Ankeny to an All District Art Fair displaying student art from schools across the district. The Ankeny School District Foundation is proud to be a part of so many wonderful and creative projects designed to expand the educational opportunities of our students.