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.

Excel Grants


Applications for the next Excel Grant process will be available on December 2, 202 with a due date of January 22, 2020.


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

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 ran a mini-grant process. Applications were opened in early September. 25 grants were awarded to the following individuals:

  • 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!

Applications for the regular process will open on December 1, 2020 with a due date of January 22, 2021.  

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.

For the 2020-21 school year, applications will be accepted in January. The application process will open on December 1, 2020 with a due date of January 22, 2021. Please review the Excel and Impact Grant FAQ pages before completing your application.

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

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