PTO Grants

The Dallastown Area Middle School PTO
Grant Guidelines and Procedures

The PTO will not be accepting grant applications for the 2020-2021 school year.  Instead we will consider and approve individual requests as they come in so we can offer a faster response to unusual need during this time.

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I.        Purpose

The Dallastown Area PTO is a valuable resource for students, parents and staff at the Dallastown Area Middle School. The purpose is to help parents stay informed and involved in their child’s education and success at the middle school. The PTO also provides additional activities for students and support for staff. All parents and teachers are encouraged to become involved in the PTO. Together we can make a difference.

Each year, the middle school PTO funds one or more grants for projects that benefit the middle school community, targeting the academic, social or emotional well-being of the students we serve. Because of limited resources, the middle school PTO does not typically provide grants for: 

  1. Projects outside of the Dallastown Area Middle School
  2. Multi-year projects
  3. Capital expenditures
  4. Scholarships, travel, research, or other forms of financial assistance to individuals
  5. Projects currently funded through existing program/budget

II.      Proposal Review Criteria

In selecting grantees, the Dallastown Area PTO considers the following criteria:

  1. Purpose:  Will the proposed grant provide meaningful, creative or extraordinary opportunities for youth growth and development?
  2. Impact:  To what extent will the grant make a lasting and significant difference in the experience of the students?
  3. Strategy:  Will the proposal enhance, but not supplant, existing programs of the district?
  4. Inclusiveness:  Are underserved segments or unmet needs of the district’s youth reached by this proposal?
  5. Design:  Is the proposal structured in a clear, thoughtful, reasonable manner?
  6. Capacity:  Are resources and leadership available for the proposal’s success?

III.    The Grant Process

Applications are due to the PTO President, Allison Manning, by January 17, 2019. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider their proposal in the context of the Dallastown Area Middle School PTO Grant Guidelines and Proposal Review Criteria.

The Executive Board of the PTO will review eligible proposals. Upon their recommendation, the Dallastown Area Middle School PTO will authorize grants. Applicants will be notified of a grant decision by January 24, 2019.

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