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Bee Valacek

Director Of Federal Programs And Grants
Director Of Federal Programs And Grants

Grants and Federal Programs

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The BVSD Grants Office is a small department responsible for planning, writing and monitoring the district’s grants, which provide supplemental support to schools and district programs for programs ranging from advanced placement to after-school activities. This includes federal, state and local government grants, as well as funding from private-sector foundations and corporations.  Grant funding provides only a small percentage of the total budget for K-12 education – the majority is provided by state taxes, and by local mill levies and bond initiatives. 

Grants to BVSD support all areas of K-12 education: academics, intervention, student support services, enrichment activities, teacher training and support, and some operational functions, such as transportation, Food Service, school safety and capital improvements. In addition to writing grants, Grants Office staff also provides guidance to other BVSD staff and volunteers who are writing grants.  This department promotes partnerships with other institutions that can provide direct or indirect support to BVSD; and manages the district’s accountability process for grants and compliance with federal laws and regulations concerning grants.  The Grants Office does not make grants: if you are looking for information about classroom grants, at-risk grants, Opportunity Fund, science-technology-math grants, or Impact Awards, please visit Impact on Education.​​​​


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The top nine things to know about grants in BVSD.

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An advisory publication for school principals, central administrators, teachers and volunteers, containing information about writing grants in support of BVSD schools or programs.

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Basic information about BVSD and grants.


District Policies On Grants

BVSD Board policy requires that all grants be approved by, and all funds managed by, the school district.  This section describes BVSD’s basic procedures regarding grants and rules on handling grants; it covers the district review and approval process; and the Intent to Apply procedures. There is also useful information for developing a grant, and a grant budget.

Grants Management Policy

Intent to Apply Form

Intent to Apply Form - Microsoft Word Document

Complete this form if you are going to apply for a federal or state grant, one that requires cash matching funds, or any grant over $25,000.  This form is a Microsoft Word document.  Submit it to the BVSD Grants Office by email or in hard copy prior to making your grant application. 

Standard Attachments to Grants

If you are writing a grant for a BVSD school or department, you may need copies of one or more of these documents to accompany your application:

Writing Grants - Tips and Tutorials

The BVSD Grants Office has copies of most of the grants written in the district for the past seven years.

You can request copies to use as models by emailing the Grants Office. In addition, here are some online resources:
Online class (high quality provider):
Recorded webinar (high quality provider):​
In-person local classes (Denver):

Grants for Schools and Teachers

Grants for Schools and Teachers​​

A list of grants, in alphabetical order by topic (e.g. "Math"); deadlines are listed along with links to more information. This is not very current, but may be helpful.  For access to online grants research databases (the Colorado Grants Guide and others) please contact the Grants Office by email.