Grants Committee Members

Christine Braasch, Chairperson, cbraasch@att.net   ​
Adam Finkelston, Faculty Rep Grants Committee, adamfinkelston@smsd.org

Sarah Dornbusch, Grants Committee, dbuschfam@yahoo.com

Billy Knabe, Grants Committee, billy@knabeinsurance.com
Bonnie Maddox, Grants Committee, bonmaddox@gmail.com
Jodi McGannon, Grants Committee, pmcgannon@kc.rr.com
Jenny Spencer, Grants Committee, jennyspencer@kc.rr.com
John Tucker, Grants Committee, john.tucker@dmh.mo.gov
Jeannette Vahle, Grant Committee, jeannettevahle@gmail.com

Important Dates

​​The Grant Committee will accept grant requests three times during the current school year:

  • September 1, 2016
  • November 3, 2016
  • February 2, 2017
  • April 6, 2017

Applicants will be notified of The East Fund Board decisions within three to six weeks of submission. 

Who is eligible for grants?
Grants may be submitted by faculty, staff, students, and patrons of Shawnee Mission East High School. 
 
What is the funding criteria?

  • Grants must substantially improve or enhance at least one of the following: Professional Development, Classroom Programs, and/or Technology.
  • Minimum Grant Request is $1,000.
  • Projects should benefit the largest number of students and teachers possible.
  • Grants are inclusive of both planning and implementation of funded projects.
  • Grants must purposely provide stretch, creativity, and innovation for SME teachers and students.
  • Grants should fund ideas and innovations that can be self-sustaining, and replicated at other schools.
  • Multi-year funding will be considered only if such funding is necessary for project's viability.
  • We encourage projects that demonstrate collaboration between academic disciplines and/or can be replicated within other classrooms or in the district.       

Note:  The East Fund will not fund programs, projects, or materials that are included in the district school budget, or teachers salaries.


What is the process for applications?
Once your Grant Application is received, it is reviewed by our Grants Committee.  This seven member committee of Shawnee Mission East parents carefully evaluates every grant with a rubric, designed to determine if your grant meets the criteria established by the Community Priorities Committee.  Once reviewed, the Grants Chairperson brings the grant to The East Fund Board where it is discussed and voted upon.