Grants for MPS Staff

AchieveMpls manages several grant funds that support Minneapolis Public Schools staff, classroom projects and field trips. 

Assistance League grant recipients

AchieveMpls Mini-Grants

AchieveMpls manages several grants for Minneapolis Public Schools staff and classrooms that are funded by community donations, AchieveMpls discretionary funds and MPS staff through the We Give campaign. 

Applying for a mini-grant 

For the 2018-19 school year, these grants will support professional development for MPS staff. Unfortunately no funds are available for field trip transportation or classrooms this year. Contact Angel Jennings at 612-455-1560 for more information and applications.

For professional development, classroom and field trip grants from other partner organizations, see below.

Other Grant Opportunities

AchieveMpls also administers these teacher and classroom grants on behalf of other organizations.

Links to Learning Grants

Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul Links to Learning grants award up to $750 for classroom projects every fall. In the 2017-18 school year, 39 recipients received over $25,000 for fields trips, class projects and more! To apply, download and send your completed Links to Learning Grant application to grants@achievempls.org by Monday, October 8, 2018.


Minneapolis Educator Leaderships Awards (MELA)

Each spring, the John & Denise Graves Foundation presents the Minneapolis Educator Leadership Awards (MELA) to support MPS teachers, principals, paraprofessionals and support staff in designing creative learning opportunities for students. The MELA nomination and selection process is entirely teacher-driven. Learn more on the MELA website or by downloading this fact sheet. Nominations will open in February.


For more information on these two grant programs, contact Angel Jennings at 612-455-1560. 

Funding new awards

To learn how you can design or fund new special awards to support MPS staff, programs or classrooms, contact Jennifer McGee, Director of Development, at 612-455-1552.