EXCEL & Impact Grants

Excel and Impact Grants

Students learn when they are engaged. Excel and Impact grants funds allow students to be transported offsite for real world learning, everything from visiting Seahurst Park for environmental learning, to the UW or Renton Tech for career exploration.  Excel grants make these experiences possible. These grants fund projects that enable teachers, staff, and students to extend the regular curriculum for students, innovate in the classroom, and enrich student learning. Highline Public School employees can apply for these competitive grants each fall. Please review the grant guidelines carefully for information on application requirements and restrictions. Please contact the Foundation office with any questions about the process or if you need assistance with the application.

The Excel Grant program was created in 2002 to support classroom innovation in Highline Public Schools, and to provide teachers resources they need to help our students be successful. For the 2020-21 school year, we are doing Excel grants a little differently. 

Highline Schools Foundation is doing mini grants this year. Our second process for the year is now open and applications are due no later than January 22, 2021. These mini grants are aimed at helping teachers and staff members obtain any resources that they may need for full distance learning. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded by Monday, February 8 with total mini grant awards totaling $25,000. If multiple teachers or staff members work together, the grant amount can exceed $500 but please note that the request should not exceed $500 per classroom or staff member. All funds will need to be expended by May 1, 2021 with the grant report due May 30, 2021. There are no extensions offered with the mini grant process. There is an additional document with answers to frequently asked questions that you can access HERE.


Apply for an Excel Mini Grant here. Applications for this round are due by January 22, 2021.


If you received a 2020 Excel Mini Grant and need to complete the final report, click here.

Highline Schools Foundation ran a mini-grant process in the fall of 2020. The following Highline employees received awards: 

  • Alana Vinther, Tyee High School
  • Alma Madrano Perez, Hilltop
  • Amanda Skey, North Hill
  • Andrew Miclat, Mount View
  • Annie Nguyen, McMicken Heights
  • Catherine Reinsel Torres, North Hill
  • Cindy Akana, New Start
  • Claudia House, Pacific
  • David Ruby, Highline
  • Elise Dupre, Gregory Heights
  • Esmeralda Martinez Bautista, Madrona
  • Haley Fidler, McMicken Heights
  • Jaymie Torres Ibarra, McMicken Heights
  • Karen Spence, Seahurst
  • Katarina Reka Schmidt, Gregory Heights
  • Katie McGrew, Southern Heights
  • Kerry Steinke, Beverly Park
  • Leah Stephens, North Hill
  • Megan Billingsley, Midway
  • Spencer Flanagan, McMicken Heights
  • Stephanie Lindbloom, Gregory Heights
  • Stephanie Nichols, Beverly Park
  • Terri Ainardi, North Hill
  • Tricia Sewell, North Hill
Congratulations to these Excel Grant recipients!

Here are five examples of successful full applications from last year’s process. They are provided as examples for the full process that will be run in January. We have not run a mini-grant process previously and so do not have any samples to provide.

Impact Grants


If you received a 2020 Impact grant and need to turn in your final report, click on this box and it will take you to your report form.

The Foundation’s Impact Grants award up to $10,000 to a school or program in the district for an opportunity that aligns with Highline Public Schools’ strategic plan in a way that impacts a large number of students.

This grant allows the Foundation to make a more significant impact than ever before. While our Excel Grants support specific classroom needs, an Impact Grant offers resources on a larger scale.

Due to the remote learning environment, we do not anticipate awarding any Impact Grants in 2020-21. This process will return for the 2021-22 school year.

Here are three examples of successful grant applications from last year’s process:

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