BHS community members including students, teachers and administrators, may apply for funds if they can demonstrate need and provide administrative and departmental support for the project. We review grant applications at our monthly meeting and usually notify applicants within 72 hours of the meeting. Most grants are for less than $3,500.

Before submitting a grant proposal to the Development Group, check with your department chair, lead teacher, or administrator about the availability of departmental or program funds.

2018-19 Classroom Supplies Mini-Grants

Thanks to our generous donors, the BHSDG is pleased to offer every classroom teacher a Classroom Supplies Mini-Grant of $300 for classroom needs. All BHS, Independent Study (High School only) and B-Tech teachers may apply. Get the Classroom Mini-Grants 2018-19 application.

Application Process

1) Apply Online

  • Read through FAQ’s (below)
  • Complete the On-Line Grant Application (Please note, we do not fund food.)
  • Include an itemized budget and any additional documentation regarding funding request
  • BHSDG may request a presentation for larger proposals.

2) Receive Funds

After your grant has been approved at the monthly board meeting, complete the Check Request Form 18-19 and attach it to an email to: The BHSDG will not reimburse expenditures made prior to grant approval and notification.

3) Acknowledge BHSDG

We request that grantees acknowledge BHSDG’s support whenever possible. Please label all equipment purchased or printed material with: Funded by BHSDG

4) Create Grant Report

Grant Reports are required by the end of the project or school year, and are necessary in order to be eligible for future funding. Complete a Grant Report Form. Please provide project documentation, including photos, student quotes, and statistics, and send to


Any BHS, B-Tech Academy, or Berkeley Independent Study teacher, student, staff member, or project leader may apply. Proposals involving nonprofit organizations must include project and organizational budgets (income and expense), most recent year-end financial statements, and a board roster.
BHSDG grants funds for a wide range of projects, including equipment and software, tutors and project coordinators, library books, theater and art projects, resource centers, school-wide guides and directories, and more. BHSDG does not fund grants for food, alcohol, or parties. See “Grants Funded 2017-18” in sidebar at right.
The BHSDG Board reviews proposals at monthly meetings. Criteria include: number of students served, equity, funds available, alternative sources of funding, project sustainability, and departmental or small school plan. We require detailed security plans for equipment purchases.
Most grants are for under $3,500. Requests for over $3,500 may require additional review by BHSDG.
Proposals are due by the 15th of each month, September thru May; they will be considered at the following month’s BHSDG meeting.
Applicants are generally notified via email within a week of the Board meeting at which the grant is considered. The Board occasionally reviews a grant proposal over multiple meetings. To check the status of your application, email
Grant funds must be spent before the end of the school year for which the grant is made unless an extension is requested and approved; no funds roll over for use during the following school year. Unspent funds return to the BHSDG general fund.
Yes. BHSDG seeks to distribute funds equitably and to provide the most benefit to the largest number of students. Some departments and teachers have received multiple grants in a single year, and we have funded some projects for successive years. Once a BHSDG-funded pilot program is successfully established, we expect the program to seek institutional funding.


Grants 2017-2018


  • Computer Art Supplies
  • Jazz Sheet Music
  • Photography Supplies
  • Rhythm & Motion Choreography


  • UC/CSU Conferences for College Counselors
  • Student College Fees
  • College & Career Discretionary Funds


  • 9th Grade Identity Quilt
  • AP/IB Story Play Production
  • Art Open House Retreat
  • BHS Robotics Club
  • Cheerleading Supplies
  • Day of the Dead Activities
  • Generation Citizen Democracy Program
  • IS Programming Power Class
  • Reggae & Words
  • Spoken Word Club
  • Spring Carnival
  • Storytelling Festival
  • Student Film Production
  • Vagina Monologues
  • World Aids Day
  • Director of Student Activities Discretionary Funds


  • Academy of Science Field Trip CAS Destiny Arts
De Young Museum
Hip Hop Exhibit Oakland Museum


  • Avid Summer Training
  • Brave Spaces Professional Development
  • Culturally Responsive Professional Development
  • Math Website and Common Core Practice Standards
  • National Arts Education Conference
  • Special Education Retreat and Professional Development for Math and Reading
  • Access to Higher Education for Immigrant Students Conference
  • Train In Teacher Professional Development
  • World Languages Workshop
Staff Unity/ Spirit Shirts
  • Attendance Office Discretionary Funds
  • Classroom Needs Grants
  • Library Discretionary Funds
  • Principal’s Office Discretionary Funds
  • Registrar’s Office Discretionary Funds


  • Challenge Day
  • Dreamers Project Mentors
  • Get Focused Stay Focused High School/ College Completion curriculum
  • IS/BTA Garden
  • Link Crew Training/Conference
  • Spec Ed Counseling Interns
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Boss Sponsorship
  • Counseling Office
  • Homeless Student Center Discretionary Funds
  • OCI Coordinator Discretionary Funds
  • Parent Resource Center Discretionary Funds
  • Teen Parenting/Daycare Center Discretionary Funds
  • Volunteer Coordinator Discretionary Funds


  • Special Education Creative Arts Equipment
  • Library Chromebooks
Science Probeware and Supplies
  • IB/AP Environmental Textbooks
  • Projector Bulbs

Thank you for your support!