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.


How to Apply

Complete the On-Line Grant Application process (preferred) or download the form and attach to an email to: BHSDG may request a presentation for larger proposals.

2016-17 Classroom Supplies Mini-Grants

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

Receiving Funds

Grant payments are arranged with the BHSDG Treasurer. Complete the Check Request Form_16-17 and attach it to an email to: The BHSDG will not reimburse expenditures made prior to grant approval and notification.

Acknowledging BHSDG

We request that grantees acknowledge BHSDG’s support whenever possible.

Grant Reports

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 make grants to fund regular classroom instruction, textbooks, or other school district responsibilities. See “Grants Funded 2015-16” 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. If department or program funds are available, BHSDG may suggest that these funds be used to supplement or match grants from unrestricted funds. 

Before submitting a proposal, check with your department chair, lead teacher, or administrator about the availability of departmental or program funds.
Proposals are due by the 15th of each month during the academic school year; 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 2015-2016

College & Career Readiness

10th grade PSAT test

College counselor campus visits

Test & application fees for low income students

College & career counseling materials

College Fair

College Handbook printing

Student Support

Afterschool tutoring

Student planners

Student leadership conference

Saturday School tutors

Substance abuse prevention

BHS Radio Club


Electronic Music Club

Speech & Debate Club

Berkeley Technology Academy Halloween Carnival

BHS Free the Children Run a thon

Queer Prom

10th grade leadership ‘Make A Wish’

Field Trips (AHA/ Chinatown)

Special Education Black Panther Tour

ASB Leadership Tour

English Language Learner (ELL) Program Ropes Course

ELL Berkeley City College class registration

World Aids Day

Social Living

Link Crew

Teacher Support and Professional Development

$250 classroom supply grant for every teacher

Photography class supplies

Freshman Orientation support

National Math Education Conference

National Arts Education Conference

AVID conference travel

XITO conference

Cultural competency professional development

Special Education Team Retreat


Jazz video, sheet music & travel scholarships

Band Festival buses

Vagina Monologues



Camera Stabilizer

Cameras for Jacket Newspaper

3-D Printer

Chromebooks & towers

Computers for Jacket Newspaper

Computers for the College & Career Center

Computer cart refill

Math 1 calculators

Projector Bulb Fund

Thank you for your support!