Grant Application Overview

Idea Creation

Oct – Dec

Cycle Open

Jan

Submission Deadline

Feb

Finalist Selected

End of Feb

Final Applications

April

Winners Notified

May

HSF supports projects that put the tools of exploration, imagination and self-expression directly in students’ hands, giving them opportunities they wouldn’t have under normal school funding to design, analyze, aspire, interact, build, explore and learn.

Grant opportunities are announced in late winter/early spring. Short Abstract applications due in early February, are considered first. Finalists are then invited to complete a full application by late spring. Grants are awarded soon thereafter and the funds are available for each awarded project during the following school year.

Our application process is simple, fair and open to all Hillsboro teachers, administrators, staff, and school groups for programs that enhance student achievement both inside and outside the classroom. We evaluate and select proposals based on student engagement and achievement, innovative instructional methods and tools, and sustainable, measurable results.

The grant application cycle for 2019-2020 is closed.
Abstract applications forms for 2020-2021 will be available January 2020!

Frequently Asked Questions



Past Grant Awards



When does the grant cycle open?
January 1, 2020
What are the grant award sizes?
We have two tiers for grant applicants. Grant requests between $10,000 and $15,000 are considered Tier One. Requests up to $5,000 are Tier Two Requests.
How many times can apply?
There is no limit to the number grants for which you can apply.
Which types of requests receive funding?
Any program enrichment that is innovative, will help boost achievement, improve equity, promote wellness, foster creativity or increase engagement will be considered.
Any there any good tips that will help me improve my chances?
Have someone proofread your application. Submit your application on time. Follow directions. Illustrate the ways your innovative idea will engage students.
2019 Grant Award Winners
Books to Meet Benchmark From Becky Cisco and SMART for K-3rd grade literacy at W.L Henry and 6 other schools. Provides dual language, culturally specific, hardbound books for the library and paperback books for kids to own. $5,000

Increasing College Readiness for STEM Careers through Advanced Physics From Theresa Alexander for Hillsboro High School. Enhances physics programs with the use of Vernier equipment with hands on learning. $10,000
Sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology.

‘Oui’ Readers: E-Readers for the Foreign Language Classroom From Reyna Land at Century High School. Kindle E-Readers for the Foreign Language departments for relevant, authentic and diverse reading material. $4500

Feeding Future Bookworms From Maile Coad at Eastwood Elementary School. Purchases Spanish language books and graphic novels to improve equity and diversity in the library. $4592

Alaska, A Place to Chill- School Wellness Room From Tara Dolan at Brown Middle School. Provides a safe, quiet and calm space for students to de-escalate and re-focus to return to class to re-engage in learning. $1,000

Bloxels: Build a Better Video Game! From Patrick Brittenham at Quatama Elementary School. Students will learn to build their own video games! $1,200
Sponsored by New Seasons Market Orenco.

Students Water Instruction Month From Daniel Waterman at Free Orchards Elementary School. Provides formal swim and water safety lessons for students who wouldn’t have other access opportunities. $1,780

Orca Live Goes Digital From Mike Futter at Orenco Elementary School. Upgrades student-led live news TV program in it’s 15th anniversary year. $5000
Sponsored by New Seasons Market Orenco.

Mastering Math Through Magic: The Gathering For Karen Murphy from Free Orchards Elementary School. Establishes an after-school card game club to improve computation skills and attitudes toward math. $1,998

Comics Academy: Bringing Student Created Stories To Life from Noah Simonson at Quatama Elementary School. Creates a comic academy for writing, art, and storytelling. $2,619 Sponsored by New Seasons Market Orenco.

Project MADE – Musica Ayuda Desarollar Educacian (Music Helps Develop Education) From Wendy Steele at Reedville and Butternut Creek Elementary School. Provides musical instruments with cultural significance attending Title 1, Trauma informed and Bi-lingual elementary schools. $11,847

All the School’s a Stage from Miranda Kessler at McKinney Elementary School. Works with professional theater teachers and parent volunteers to prepare a production for the community. $4,998

MathGrowth Mindset For All from Roger Will for Brown Middle School. Students will complete a growth mindset journey to gain confidence in learning. $5,000

2018 Grant Award Winners
GHS in search of GMOs from Linda Wolf at Glencoe High School. Students will learn core techniques of the biotech industry, and be able to isolate, amplify and analyze DNA to determine whether foods they bring in contain GMOs. $14,972.46
Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Live from SMMS it’s a School Day! From Andrew Englen at South Meadows Middle School. The News Team class will use new broadcast system equipment to bring live, high quality newscasts to the entire school in order to foster a positive school atmosphere and increase school engagement. $9,995
Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Club Connections from Kristy Kottkey at Evergreen Middle School. Students will be taught specific skills in the areas of sport, mind, and as part of a larger program that will reconnect them to school and community. $3,157 (requested $4,980)

We Will Rock You! From Anna Rikli of Liberty High School. Through learning to play the guitar, We Will Rock You! provides an opportunity for all students to participate in a music class and build skills that can feed their musical interests, give them opportunities to express themselves, and possibly lead to career opportunities. $4,767

Mobile Makerspace From Jessica Ballanti at Reedville Elementary School. A mobile makerspace cart will allow students to have access to STEM tools for creative, collaborative and experiential learning in the media center and throughout the school. $2,380
Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union

Can You Hear Me Now! From Jim Dunlop at Century High School. Provides amps and mics for the school’s music department that includes 10% of the student body. Also will be used at the Camp Amp program in partnership with the City of Hillsboro Parks Department. $4,866.20

CRIBS from Tori Lee Scoles at Hillsboro High School. Brings HilHi Theater and IB Theater into the technological era by providing Chromebooks for their multi-cultural, multi-socio economic student body for programming in theater. Will enhance playwriting, blocking and directing of their own plays. Also will support sound, lighting, costume, and props as well as advertising for the programs students have chosen. $4,876.6

Agricultural Education from Shannon Freudenthal at W. Verne McKinney Elementary School. Provides funding for a greenhouse to allow weekly hands-on garden education despite the weather and time of the school year. School has a garden director funded by a federal grant that will coordinate the program. $4,986
Sponsored by New Seasons Market Orenco.

Operation Pugmill from Rebecca Buchanan and Braiana Koch at Century High School. Purchases a pugmill to recycle dried and hardened clay along with buying two hand dryers to increase sustainability and decrease waste in the art classroom. $3,500
Funded by Richard Siegel Foundation

2017 Grant Award Winners

Coloring Connections from David Yabu and Sean Fishback for Evergreen Middle School.
Students will create dual language coloring books following the Hero’s Journey Archetype: Shop/GTT students will 3D print molds to create matching crayons and all will be donated to local elementary schools in a shared reading time.
Generously sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Innovative Young Scholars from Jennifer Robbins for McKinney Elementary School.
Students will gain access to quality project based teaching and learning to increase their STEM knowledge and skills with Project Lead the Way curriculum. It will be used in science, literacy, math, language arts and more.
Generously sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Makerspace from Rebecca Price for City View Charter School.
Expands STEAM opportunities for students by creating a Makerspace supply cart to foster critical thinking, collaboration, and comfort with scientific equipment and processes. Includes training for individual educators and parent volunteers. Cart will be available to all classrooms in partnership with the media specialist.

Real-Time Classroom Spectroscopy from John Gibbs for Glencoe High School.
Creates an authentic experience investigating the visible light spectra of several sources including elements and stars and provides a unique tool for research opportunities for astronomy students as well as chemistry and physics departments.
Generously sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Let’s Get Down to Biscuits from Shelley Hawbecker and Milana Grant for Miller Education East.
Students enrolled in Independent Transition Services will start a business that manufactures and sells all-natural dog and pet treats. This will create real life experiences with hands-on, side-by-side coaching to ensure students acquire the skills necessary to meet workplace standards.
Generously sponsored by New Seasons Market Orenco.

Literacy Center “Cookie Swap” from Karen Murphy for North Plains Elementary School.
Coordinates Kindergarten teacher opportunities throughout the district, to ‘swap” literacy lesson plans in all elementary schools. Each participant will purchase materials and prepare copies of a literacy center activity that is “implementation ready” with all the necessary student materials, supplies, and instructions. All plans will be uploaded to web for access by all Kindergarten teachers.

Korean Drumming from Carissa Martus, Lyndsey Sherman, Amber Young, Emily Helligso, Lise Ullman and Dan Bosshardt for Quatama, Lenox, Free Orchards, Brookwood, Imlay, and Lincoln Street Elementary Schools.
5thand 6th grade students will receive hands-on experience with authentic Korean music to encourage school engagement and cultural diversity. Includes instruction texts, drums, books and staff will ensure all materials become a part of the district’s loaner library.

Dolphin Design Studio from Angela Adzima for Minter Bridge Elementary School.
Leverages students’ love of technology and video games to enhance math, reading and writing. The fifth grade dual language students will use Game Star Mechanic to apply content standards to create video games while improving math and writing skills.
Generously sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union

Mariachi STEAM Camp from Dan Bosshardt for HSD Mariachi students.
Middle and high school musicians will attend a comprehensive five-day, Mariachi Camp experience while emphasizing exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics. Camp is designed to provide a pipeline to higher education and offer underrepresented students the chance to engage with university staff and students, increasing college access and enhancing academic preparation.
Generously sponsored by the Richard Siegel Foundation.

Hillsboro Storytelling Festival from Holly Robison for W.L. Henry Elementary School.
Students and staff will learn the art of storytelling with an artist residency and will choose, write and practice their stories in preparation for performing the stories for their peers. Judges will evaluate and superior storytellers will perform for the school and a special event at the Hillsboro Main Library.
Generously sponsored by the Richard Siegel Foundation.

2016 Grant Award Winners

Chromebooking for College
Century High School. Provides Chromebooks to help prepare AVID students for high- stakes exams; APs, SAT/ ACT as well as providing access to technology to support college readiness.
Generously Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union

Evergreen Comicon
Evergreen Middle School. Provides iPad Minis, keyboards, and speaker fees for students to produce their own graphic novels to be showcased at Evergreen’s Comic Convention.
Generously Sponsored by New Seasons Market

Dig a Little Deeper
Free Orchards Elementary School. Provides building materials for an outdoor covered learning shelter their established school instructional garden.

Using Technology to Improve Outcomes
Miller East Career Education. Provides computers, projector and other classrooms instructional technology to improve access to career readiness programs.

Oh, Snap!
Quatama Elementary School. Provides electronic circuit program kits for engineering investigations and program kits for physical science investigations.
Generously Sponsored by New Seasons Market

Reedville Bricks Labs
Reedville Elementary School. Provides supplies to create an after school robotics and programming club to enhance collaborative learning for students.

Dual Language Innovation
South Meadows Middle School. Provides Chromebooks for students enroll to enroll in a virtual classroom where they can use on-line materials to produce blogs, videos, and presentations that demonstrate their knowledge. Students can work independently at their own pace or collaboratively on projects and can be shared with the class and teacher easily.
Generously Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union

Now Playing…Tobias STEM in 3D
Tobias Elementary School. Provides computers and a 3 D printer for an after school engineering program; in collaboration with Century High School.

Future Tigers, Full Days, Fully Prepared
Tobias Elementary School. Provides supplies, planning and instructional hours to give incoming Kindergarten students a
head-start on school-readiness.
Generously sponsored by the Richard Siegel Foundation

2015 Grant Award Winners

Chromebooking for College
Century High School. Provides Chromebooks to help prepare AVID students for high- stakes exams; APs, SAT/ ACT as well as providing access to technology to support college readiness.
Generously Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union

Evergreen Comicon
Evergreen Middle School. Provides iPad Minis, keyboards, and speaker fees for students to produce their own graphic novels to be showcased at Evergreen’s Comic Convention.
Generously Sponsored by New Seasons Market

Dig a Little Deeper
Free Orchards Elementary School. Provides building materials for an outdoor covered learning shelter their established school instructional garden.

Using Technology to Improve Outcomes
Miller East Career Education. Provides computers, projector and other classrooms instructional technology to improve access to career readiness programs.

Oh, Snap!
Quatama Elementary School. Provides electronic circuit program kits for engineering investigations and program kits for physical science investigations.
Generously Sponsored by New Seasons Market

Reedville Bricks Labs
Reedville Elementary School. Provides supplies to create an after school robotics and programming club to enhance collaborative learning for students.

Dual Language Innovation
South Meadows Middle School. Provides Chromebooks for students enroll to enroll in a virtual classroom where they can use on-line materials to produce blogs, videos, and presentations that demonstrate their knowledge. Students can work independently at their own pace or collaboratively on projects and can be shared with the class and teacher easily.
Generously Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union

Now Playing…Tobias STEM in 3D
Tobias Elementary School. Provides computers and a 3 D printer for an after school engineering program; in collaboration with Century High School.

Future Tigers, Full Days, Fully Prepared
Tobias Elementary School. Provides supplies, planning and instructional hours to give incoming Kindergarten students a
head-start on school-readiness.
Generously sponsored by the Richard Siegel Foundation

2014 Grant Award Winners

Reinventing Health Education for the 21st Century from Kristin Blomberg for Century High School. Provides tablet computers with apps to make health more personal for students.
Generously Sponsored by New Seasons Market

Anatomy in Clay from Rachelle Carnes for Century High School: Purchases skeleton forms and clay for students to learn hands on human anatomy.
Generously Sponsored by Genentech

Lego Engineering for Divergent Learners from Jeff Hays for City View Charter: Purchases Lego Robotics kits to use for team building and science education.
Generously Sponsored by Genentech

Using Graphic Novels to Support Reluctant Readers from Kim Harrington for Free Orchards and McKinney Elementary Schools: Engages students in books that are interesting to their generation, complete with visits from local authors.

Spartan News – Bilingual Journalism from Julio Galian for Hillsboro High School: students of the news team will create and publish an online, bilingual student newspaper.

Inclusive Playground from Molly Seibert for Imlay Elementary School: purchases permanent structures for students with all ranges of abilities to be able to play on the playground.
Generously Sponsored by New Seasons Market

Flip that Science Classroom from Ramona Toth for Liberty High School: Provides tablets for science education to engage students in up to date curriculum.
Generously Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union

Connections in Theater Arts Classrooms from Janet Van Wess for Liberty High School: through the use of technology, connects real-time to theater professionals.

Of Mice and Men from Brieanna Wilson for Liberty High School: Provides a copy of the book to every freshman at the school to connect the school community through one book.

Hats off for Mariachi from Dan Bosshardt for Lincoln Street Elementary School and District Wide: Purchases reusable uniforms, sombreros and more to building cultural bridges through authentic Mariachi music.

Kindergarten Code Challenge from Carly Klimke for Quatama Elementary School: Uses fun and dynamic learning tools to teach coding, creating a foundation for young learners.
Generously Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union

Technology for Success from Ashley Siebert for Rosedale Elementary School: Purchases tablet computers to help engage struggle students by using innovative reading tools.

It IS Rocket Science from Leslie Mayfield for Tobias Elementary School: Creates impactful and FUN STEM learning through hands on rocket building and launching.
Generously Sponsored by Genentech

STEM Outside the Walls from Andrea Schlechter for Tobias Elementary School: Through the use of Vernier Software & Technology tools, students will learn about soil qualities for the environment.
Generously Sponsored by Genentech

Feel the Beat from Alexis Barker for Free Orchards Elementary School: Communication, Cooperation and Community Connections through drumming.
Generously Sponsored by the Richard Siegel Foundation

2013 Grant Award Winners

Something’s Rotten at Tobias from Leslie Smith Mayfield for Tobias Elementary School: Provides a composting site to teach students about food waste and sustainable living practices. Generously Sponsored by New Seasons Market

Making Math Real from Tyler South for Poynter Middle School: Provides students at all grade levels with engaging, hands-on math learning opportunities through technology that emphasize observation and research. Generously Sponsored by First Tech Fed CU

From Digital to Physical: Rapid Prototyping at the Speed of Light from Derek Runberg for South Meadows Middle School.: Purchases laser cutting equipment designed to enhance engineering and design projects for an authentic experience of the design cycle. Generously Sponsored by Genentech

Falcon Photography from Gwen Hullinger for Liberty High School: Purchases equipment that allows students to create and maintain an in-school business used to promote equity with regard to senior portraits. Generously Sponsored by New Seasons Market

Creating a Growth Mindset from Roger Will for Farmington View Elementary School: Purchases staff /student development and books to promote a “growth mindset” culture.

Intro to Engineering STEM Course from Steffan Ledgerwood for Liberty High School: Purchases 3D printing equipment designed to enhance engineering and design projects for an authentic experience of the design cycle. Generously Sponsored by Genentech

STEM Lab from Troy Hall for Evergreen Middle School:Purchases equipment to revamp the shop into a STEM lab space increasing engagement by implementing small group learning focused on engineering principles. Generously Sponsored by Genentech

iPads Tech: Turning Limitations into Possibilities from Shelley Hawbecker for Century High School: Provides IPad technology to the Life Skills class promoting equity and access.

After-School Robotics from Alison Paulus for W.L. Henry Elementary School: Funds Lego Robotics to enhance STEM involvement for underrepresented population. Generously Sponsored by First Tech Fed CU

Humanizing Education with Technology from Mark Striplin and Jeremy Corwin for Brown Middle School: Provides funding for technology to jumpstart teaching in a “flipped” classroom.

GEN Girls Engineering Now from Nicole Chronister for Tobias Elementary School: Funds a hands-on program to inspire female students to explore STEM careers. Generously Sponsored by Genentech

Instruments for Equitable Band Programs from Blake Allen for Brookwood Elementary School: Purchases refurbished band instruments to increase band participation by underserved.

Surprise Patrol May 2019



Nearly $200,000 Awarded
Innovative Grants 2019 – 2020

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