Grants for Education

Funding materials, projects, and experiences to support Cardinal

The Grants for Education Program supports student development by funding materials, projects, and experiences that extend beyond those provided by Arlington Public Schools.

The committee is comprised of parent volunteers who meet 3 times/year to solicit grant applications, determine approval, and distribute funds to grant recipients.

Funding and Evaluation Periods

Thanks to the generous support of the Cardinal PTA community, the Grants for Education committee has a budget of $10,000 for the 2021-22 school year.

Application deadlines for the three review periods are: October 29, January 19, and April 6. A portion of the total funds will be available during each of these periods.

Application guidelines

  • The purpose of the Cardinal PTA is to support the welfare of the students and staff of Cardial Elementary School.  All grants should support one or more of the PTA’s goals of giving students confidence to succeed, encouraging them to be creative, or emphasizing the importance of character.
  • Grants may be requested by any individual staff member, team of educators, or student group at Cardinal.  New teachers are encouraged to apply.
  • For the 2021-2022 school year, the PTA has budgeted a total of $10,000 for Education Grants.  The deadline for submitting a grant request for the first evaluation period is October 27; the deadline for the second evaluation period is January 19; and the deadline for the third evaluation period is April 6.  A portion of the total funds will be available during each of the three periods.
  • Applicants may submit one grant request per evaluation period to benefit an individual classroom.  Applicants may submit multiple grant requests per evaluation period to benefit an entire grade, multiple grades, or the school as a whole.  An applicant that submits a request to benefit an individual classroom may also submit requests to benefit an entire grade, multiple grades, or the school as a whole.  
  • Grant request forms will be routed to the principal for approval before they will be considered by the PTA Education Grants Committee.
  • Applicants should indicate whether the activity could proceed with partial funding if funding is not granted at the requested level.
  • Grant requests for more than $1,000 must be approved by the PTA at large after recommendation by the PTA Education Grants Committee.
  • Applicants will indicate the date funding is needed to indicate if a project is time sensitive.
  • Grant recipients should be prepared to provide detailed information to the PTA about the benefits of the grant as well as how the benefits can be shared or replicated within the Cardinal community, if applicable.
  • Applicants are encouraged to attach relevant documentation to their application form to support the amount of the requested grant, if such documentation is available.
  • Grant recipients will have to provide to the PTA Treasurer the name of a third party organization to whom the grant check should be issued or, if the grant recipient is requesting that the check be issued directly to him or her as a reimbursement, a copy of an invoice indicating that the recipient has already paid for the approved materials.
  • If requests exceed available funds, the PTA Education Grants Committee will review and rank applications by need and the number of students to benefit as primary criteria and will approve the highest ranked applications.

How You Can Help

Review grant applications from Cardinal staff three times each year and notify teachers of awards.

Contact the program chair(s) if you wish to help.

2021-22 Program Chair(s)

Christy Vigfusson (criddy123@gmail.com)

Lauren Moniri (lauren.moniri@gmail.com)

Past Grant Awards

2018/19 school year:

  • Classroom stools, cushions, area rugs, activity mats
  • Flex space seats and writing table
  • Wobble chairs, haptic desk items
  • Math dice and counters, movement mats
  • Scholastic Magazine, Let’s Find Out
  • Various classroom books
  • Pi Day materials
  • Signs and Skits (Student teaching materials)
  • Fountas/Pinnell Literacy K-8 for literary analysis
  • SpellCity App/Website access
  • BER training “iPad Technology”
  • Ohio Music Ed. Association Conference
  • VMEA Conference
  • MAP Learning Summit
  • AEP Conference (per diem)
  • Teacher Training (Kodaly certified educator)
  • Potomac Overlook Field Trip
  • Busses to DAR Hall for USAF Concert

2017/18 school year:

  • Social Studies and Science Non-Fiction Texts (Scholastic Reader)
  • Daily Reader Workshops (Caps for Sale, Where the Wild Things Are, Billy Goats Gruff, etc.)
  • Ohio Music Educators Conference
  • 2 Wobble stools and 2 Bouncy Seats
  • Pi-Math Day Materials (1st Round vs. 2nd Round)
  • Project-Based Math cases from Wake Forrest
  • FLES Stories
  • Spotify Renewal for P.E.
  • Story Books for reading comprehension
  • Counselors Conference
  • Seats for Special Education Children
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