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, 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.

All applications must be submitted to the Foundation Office located at Central Office no later than 4:00pm on Monday, August 15, 2022. The Foundation Review Committee will choose the recipients. All applicants will be notified early September.

Classroom Grants Flyer
Classroom Grant Application

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.

Application must arrive before 4:00pm on Monday, August 15th, 2022 at the Foundation Office.

IRSPA Teacher Grant Application

Classified Employee Scholarships

Established in 2005 the Classified Employee Scholarships of $500 are awarded to four applicants to attend classes at Metropolitan Community College.

Scholarship Summary

The Independence School District Board of Education established these scholarships to honor the current Classified Employee of the Year. The scholarships will annually reflect the name of the current Classified Employee of the Year.

Application Information

Criteria / Requirements:

  • Complete application for drawing
  • Must be a high school graduate or have GED
  • Must be currently employed by the School District in a full or part-time classified position, have less than an associate’s degree and be employed by the District when the scholarship is used
  • Funds may be used for tuition and books at any Metropolitan Community College campus
  • Scholarships are NOT transferable and must be used by the employee
  • Scholarship must be used within one year of the award date

Applications must be submitted to the Foundation Office by 4:00pm on Friday, October 1, 2021


Recipients determined by a drawing under the direction of the Board of Education. Approval of recipient is made by the Board of Directors of the School District of Independence Foundation, Inc.

Scholarship Application
``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