HPSD enrichment grant applications available Monday

HPSD enrichment grant applications available Monday

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The window for applications for classroom enrichment grants will open on Monday.

The Hattiesburg Public School District Foundation will be accepting applications for classroom enrichment grants for district faculty and staff.

The grants are geared to be awarded in four areas including: literacy, high school graduation, staff development programming and STEM-related areas including Science, technology, engineering and Math.

"The foundation has more freedom to do recognitions and to fund individual projects that are worthy to the district," said HPSD Public Relations Director Jas N Smith.

Some of those projects include field trips, bringing in or buying special materials for class projects, supplemental educational items as well as other items to benefit the students.

"There are a lot of worthy projects that the foundation can provide to the district as a whole" said Smith

Smith added that the foundation provides funding where the districts hands are tied.

"Add in the budget short falls, that makes it even harder, there aren't a lot of funds left over outside of our normal classroom expenditures," said Smith.

The foundation plans to award up to four grants in each category for a maximum of $500 each.

The grants are designed for classroom enrichment efforts for the district.

They will not be awarded for things the district pays for or other things that are in the district's budget already, but will be given to supplement or enrich district curriculum and initiatives according to Smith.

"The foundation can do things as a nonprofit organization that the districts cannot do that greatly benefits all the students as well as teachers involved," said HPSD Foundation volunteer and consultant Dan Kibodeaux.

Starting Monday, applications can be found at www.hpsdfoundation.org and the deadline to submit the applications is March 30.