Educator Grants

A granting process will be used to request and evaluate proposals submitted by District teachers and administrators. The Foundation will work closely with the district to ensure projects support the strategic plans for the district. The list of potential projects is endless and may include the following.

* Technology improvements                         * Campus and building improvements
* Curriculum enhancements                         * Enrichment and intervention opportunities

2018 ISD 88 Foundation Grants

New Ulm Educators: Partner With Us!
*We have begun to accept grants for the 2018 granting season.*
Please download the grant application: 2018 Grant Application.

  • Have you ever learned of an educational opportunity at a workshop, been inspired, and then wondered where you could go to get funding for that initiative?
  • Have you ever thought your students could benefit from something new or different, something outside of the school district budget, but didn’t know how to get it paid for?

That is why we are here – to enhance and support the important work of our district’s educators.

What Have We Accomplished?


  • 2017 – The Foundation awarded $15,000 to the New Ulm High School for Solar Panels for their “Green” Powered Greenhouse.
  • 2017 – The Foundation awarded $5,750 to the Jefferson Elementary School STEM Room for littleBits electronic building block system.
  • 2016 – The Foundation awarded a $12,500 grant to the Washington Learning Center for and Innovative Outdoor Learning Environment.
  • 2015 – The Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to Washington Elementary School for new equipment to introduce STEM/STEAM science curriculum in grades 5-6.


  • Parker Hannifin to purchase a Makey Makey invention kit and a set of mini Ozobot robots for the Jefferson Elementary STEM lab.
  • Alliance Bank to purchase six Kindergarten Listening Centers.
  • 3M to continue supporting the Destination Imagination program in the Middle School.
  • Anonymous donor for $1 million to fund enhancements to the new high school Performing Arts Center.
  • Pete and Linda Neigebauer to help fund the new High School Greenhouse with their $20,000 donation.
  • Nate and Amanda Groebner to fund the purchase of a drone for use in the High School Agriculture and Science departments.
  • Friends of ISD 88 to give $5,000 towards playground improvements at the Jefferson Elementary-Middle School Campus.

What Is Possible? 

It is up to you! Our impact is only as good as the applications and ideas from our district’s educators. Dare to Dream!