Small Grants

The Garfield PTSA invites GHS Staff and Student Clubs to apply for project funding through our Small Grants program. Applications are considered four times a year by the Building Leadership Team (BLT) in October, January, March and May. The Building Leadership Team is comprised of one PTSA volunteer and 12 teachers, staff, and students elected by Garfield staff to serve two-year terms.

Grant applications are evaluated for

  • how many students will benefit.
  • how sustainable or measurable the proposal effects are beyond a single year.
  • how each project serves students who have been traditionally underserved.
  • initiatives without adequate alternate funding resources.

Applications and questions about how to apply should be submitted by email or in person to this year’s co-chairs Ms Hurd or Mr Zimmerman. Decisions about projects to be implemented in the 2019-2020 academic year will be made on January 16, and April 26, 2020. Complete applications must be received at least one week in advance for proper consideration.

Small grant funding requests desired for disbursement in Fall 2020 will be evaluated by the Building Leadership Team on May 7, 2020.

Click here to download a Small Grants Application  – PTSA Small Grant Application


Your application must be signed by a GHS staff person who is knowledgeable about the proposal.

  • If you are GHS staff, you’ll need the signature of your department head or a designated faculty/staff member.
  • Student proposals must be signed by a Faculty Advisor.


  • Fill out the one-page form and attach a clearly detailed budget.
  • Secure the necessary signatures of faculty/advisor approval. The faculty advisor may forward the request by email with their comments or sign the application.
  • Turn in hard copy to the PTSA box in the front office, and send a Word doc or PDF via email to the address(es) below.

Mr. Zimmerman –
Ms. Hurd –
This is a small grant program, not a bridge loan or cash flow program. Funds may not be used to settle debts. Please be clear about how the money will be spent, when it will be spent, and the minimum amount you will need to be successful.  PTSA Small Grants Reimbursement Form

Sometimes we receive more requests than we have available funds. However, a high proportion of the proposals are funded, so please take the time to apply. We try our best to award these grants to assist our students, supporting your good ideas. Thank you for all you do for Garfield.