The Independence School District Foundation believes that directly supporting teachers and staff is one of the best ways to help students achieve and succeed. There are several ways we accomplish this mission.

New Teacher Grants

Welcome to the Independence School District! 

As a new teacher to the ISD we are pleased to offer some financial assistance in setting up your classroom. We are aware that teachers spend their own money for special materials and supplies and the ISD Foundation wants to ease that burden by providing you with a $100 gift card to purchase some of these supplies or materials for your first year.

Our Board loves to hear what was accomplished with the help of this grant. If you would like to share what you were able to add to your classroom and thank the Foundation Board, please send your letter to the ISDF office:

Classroom Grants

ISDF classroom grants fund multiple teacher-inspired projects every year, enriching our schools and offering extraordinary opportunities to learn ‘outside the box.’ Every grant we make is made possible by donations from individual, business and organizational donors–we rely 100% on contributed income to provide this essential funding!

The purpose of these grants is to provide money for classroom projects or programs that will enhance educational opportunities for students, Early Education and Grades K-12, for which district funds are not available.

The application will include the following information:

  •       Description of material or program
  •       Details regarding relevance to subject(s) taught
  •       Description of benefit to the students and community
  •       Actual costs in detail

Individual or team applications may be submitted. Non-certificated staff may also apply if they work with students.

Grants for the 2024-2025 school year have been awarded.

Classroom Grants Flyer

IRSPA Teacher Grants - Carol Kelley Education Assistance Grant

The Independence Retired School Personnel Association offers 6 grants of up to $500 each.

Your grant application should consist of the following:

  •       A completed application with signature
  •       Grant description including:
    •       Summary of grant, including costs up to $500
    •       Details regarding relevance to subject(s) taught
    •       Description of the educational outcome

Grant recipients will be asked to turn in a brief report along with photo, thank you letters, etc.

Employee Giving Campaign

Payroll Deductions Help Fund the Following:

  •       College & Dual Credit Scholarships
  •       Project Shine
  •       Caring for Kids
  •       Holiday Helpers
  •       Classroom Grants
  •       New Teacher Grants

Benefits of Employee Giving

By giving back to the ISD Foundation through payroll deduction or one-time donations you are helping to fund programs for students, staff, and families. In return for your generosity, you are eligible for the following:

  •       Donations of $15 or more per month receive one (1) complimentary ticket to the annual ISDF Connecting Hearts Gala.
  •       Buildings with 50% or more participation in payroll deductions are entered for a chance to be treated by a local food and beverage vendor.


The 2024-2025 Employee Giving Campaign will run from August 1, 2024 to September 13, 2024.

Payroll Deduction Form
``Thank you so much for the welcome bag and gift card. I appreciate so much the opportunity to purchase things for the upcoming year. Blessed to be part of an amazing district.``
Ashley Phillip, ISD teacher

Have Questions?

Call (816) 521-5300