Established in 1999, the M-A PTA Mini-Grant Program aims to serve as many M-A students as possible by funding one-time events or supplies where alternate funding is not available. M-A teachers, club leaders, administrators, staff members, and students may apply.

What a Mini-Grant Can Fund
The PTA is guided by the principle that mini-grants should benefit the largest number of students possible across a variety of grade levels and subject areas. With this in mind, mini-grants generally fund:

  • Supplies, materials, and equipment including books, magazines, and newspapers
  • Support for school programs
  • Instructional CDs, videos and software
  • Electrical or electronic equipment
  • Entry fees or admission costs to museums or other field trip destinations (but NOT other field trip costs, such as transportation. See below)

See the funded Fall 2017 Mini-Grants.

See the funded Spring 2018 Mini-Grants.

What a Mini-Grant Cannot Fund
PTA guidelines limit mini-grant funding for:

  • No private transportation costs, hotels, etc. (due to insurance limitations)
  • No salaries or substitute teacher costs
  • No funding for staff professional development or staff conferences of any kind
  • No gift cards
  • No food (unless it is to feed volunteers)
  • No furnishings for staff rooms, lunch rooms or principals’ offices
  • No athletics-related requests. Please check with Athletic Boosters

How to Apply/Deadlines
To apply for a Mini-Grant, please complete the 2018-2019 Mini-Grant Proposal form and submit the completed form with appropriate documentation to minigrants@mabearspta.org. Or you may also place your proposal in the Mini-Grant box in the mail room. Please read the Important Reminders section below before submitting your application.

There are two rounds of Mini-Grant funding per year, and the deadlines for this year are as follows:

  • Deadline for Fall 2018 is 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 21
  • Deadline for Spring 2019 is 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13

Important Reminders

  • Application deadlines are final; no late submissions will be accepted.
  • Fully complete the request form, including how the funds will be used.
  • Calculate expenditures carefully. The PTA will not fund any amounts over the amount approved (include tax and shipping costs, especially for internet purchases).
  • Grant funds must be used for the purposes specified in the grant application.
  • Items purchased with grant proceeds are the property of Menlo-Atherton High School.
  • It is now a requirement to be a member of the M-A PTA in order to request a mini-grant. Information about joining the PTA can be found online at:
    https://www.mabearspta.org/join-the-menlo-atherton-pta/.
  • Complete the Reimbursement request form when you are ready to be reimbursed. Please include a copy of your mini‐grant approval letter with the form.

Mini-Grant Committee Co-Chairs: