The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation Grant Program is designed to encourage unique and innovative ideas that will improve the educational process and enhance the learning experience of students in the district. 

Grant applications may be submitted at any time, with two funding cycles each year. Due dates for the 2017-2018 school year are September 29, 2017 and February 23, 2018. Download your application today!

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Grant notifications are made the month after the due date. Funds for approved grants are available for 12 months.

Congratulations to the Fall 2017 Grant Recipients:

  • Steve Blevins, “1 to 1 DSLR Collaborative: Putting Current/Consistent Tools in All Students Hands” to provide Papillion La Vista High School art and journalism students with industry-standard equipment for relevant learning.
  • Stacie Bender, “Becoming Human Graphing Calculators,” ensuring advanced math students at Papillion La Vista High School have the technology needed to for hands-on learning.
  • Julia Cooley, “Yoga for All,” to purchase supplies for middle school students to practice yoga, an activity that studies show improves physical and mental health.
  • Nicole Csipkes, “Beginning and Intermediate Band Instruments,” to ensure all students who want to participate in band are able to do so, regardless of the family’s financial situation.
  • Paula DeVol, “One School One Book,” to continue the popular school-wide family reading project at Prairie Queen Elementary.
  • Angie Gable, “Extension Activities for 4th Grade at Portal,” enriching small group and independent activity time with challenging activities that promote deep thinking.
  • Rebecca Hoch, “Equipment Durability and Professional Quality Enhancement,” for equipment Media Academy students need for daily production and livestreamed events.
  • Dr. Beth Maloney, “Connecting Middle School HAL Students to the Community: A Collaboration with Cooperation BEST,” for career-centered field trips that allow middle school students to learn from local business partners.
  • Renee Mead & Ann Herbener, “Jump Start for College,” funding Advanced Placement exams and Dual Enrollment scholarships for high school students needing financial assistance.
  • Jeff Nichols & Carl Lewandowski, “NJROTC Color Guard Equipment Purchase,” to purchase travel equipment for the regionally and nationally recognized combined high school color guard.
  • Jeff Nienhueser & Molly Grasso, “6th Annual Collaboration Show and Workshop: Titanic, Tragedy and Trial,” a joint production of the Monarch and Titan theatre programs.
  • Jennifer Prasch, “Makerspace for Rumsey Station,” to provide technology tools that create opportunities for Rumsey Station students to explore and integrate skills while collaborating with peers.
  • Kati Settles, “Oh the Places We Will Go! Elementary Paraprofessional Staff Development Days,” to support additional training for elementary support staff.
  • Tess Sykes, “Banking on Saving the World,” creating mini grants/loans that provide startup costs for the high school Zoo Academy’s Senior Service Learning project.
  • Shannon Tolstedt, “Developing Self-Regulation and Mindfulness for Middle School Students,” to help Papillion Middle school students control and direct their own feelings, thoughts, and actions, enabling a more successful academic day.
  • Elizabeth von Nagy, “Library Makerspace Expansion,” growing the successful creative learning space at PLHS that encourages problem solving, communication, innovation, and research.
  • Dennis Wilfong, “LC Perk,” to build capacity of La Vista Middle School’s coffee shop program, a business and learning opportunity for students with disabilities.
  • Lindsay Wilson, “Liberty Middle School Music Soars,” for competition-sized risers to enhance the music programs at Liberty Middle School.

Goals of the Grants Program Include:

  •  Increasing student learning in areas related to the grant
  • Building connections with families and the community
  • Improving student academic performance and social behavior
  • Inspiring innovation in teaching and learning
  • Developing a collaborative teacher learning community
  • Serving as a pilot for possible District-wide implementation

Priorities will be given to grant applications which:

  • Collaborate across school boundaries. Example, a project that would be of benefit to students at multiple schools will have higher priority.
  • Collaborate between teams of two or more teachers to support innovative projects in a particular academic area.
  • Incorporate matching funds or community resources.
  • Demonstrate potential widespread application.
  • Are research based to show effective results.
  • Are not currently eligible for support through the school’s budget.
Projects considered low priority include: Projects that will not be funded include:
Teacher training Food
Consumable supplies Babysitters
Registration fees Staff salaries
Transportation Textbooks
Rental fees Regular classroom materials
Replicated projects Programs of limited benefit
Field trips  

Once selected, the grant recipient should be able to work on implementation immediately. Any Papillion La Vista Community Schools employee, with the support of his or her principal or supervisor, is eligible to submit a grant request. Students or non-employees may ask a District employee to submit an application on their behalf.