• Some common questions about grants and grant writing are listed below.  If you need additional information or assistance, contact Neal Brokman with your individual concern. 


    I'd like to write a grant for my classroom or project but don't know where to start.  Do you have any instructional resources?

    Check out our Grant Resources page for some online tips first. 


    I found a grant opportunity that is only available to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status. Does the district or school qualify?

    Erie's Public Schools is not a 501(c)(3) organization. School districts are considered to be non-profit and tax-exempt, but are not classified as 501(c)(3) by the IRS. Most funders will indicate whether grant applications are accepted from schools or school districts. If application by a 501(c)(3) is required, the Foundation for Erie's Public Schools (a non-profit organization supporting the district) can serve as the official applicant subject to PEPS board approval.


    What is the main mailing address for Erie’s Public Schools?

    148 West 21st Street, Erie, PA  16502


    Where can I find data on the district or an individual school?

    PA School Performance Profiles on each school are available on the district's website.  


    What is DonorsChoose and how can I use it for funding?

    DonorsChoose is a private organization that helps teachers solicit individual donations for funding classroom projects. At various times throughout the year, our local Erie Community Foundation also provides $10,000 in additional funding to projects in Erie that receive 50% of their required funding through DonorsChoose. Note that you must obtain approval from your building administrator before submitting a DonorsChoose project. Please also note that, according to the DonorsChoose Materials Ownership Policy, "materials funded through DonorsChoose.org are considered to be the property of the public school classroom."


    Where can I find the district’s Federal Tax ID Number, DUNS Number or other basic info?

    Contact Randy Pruchnicki for this information. 


    What are “in-kind” goods and services?

    These are donated goods and services (as opposed to monetary donations).  Typical examples include volunteer time, donated office supplies, donated services, etc. 


    What is the Mission Statement of Erie’s Public Schools?

    In Erie's Public Schools, we champion high levels of student engagement and personalized pathways to educational excellence for every student, without exception.


    What is the Erie’s Public Schools Non-discrimination Policy?

    The Erie School District does not discriminate in employment, educational programs or activities based on race, sex, handicap or because a person is a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. This policy of non-discrimination extends to all other legally protected classifications. Publication of this policy is in accordance with state and Federal laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Inquiries may be made by contacting the Erie School District, 148 West 21st Street, Erie PA 16502, (814) 874-6080.


    I have a great classroom project that needs funding. How can I get started?

    First, set up a time to discuss your project with your building administrator so that they can determine whether it is aligned with school and district priorities and provide the necessary approvals. Once they do, fill out a grant application form.


    I learned about a new grant opportunity that I want to suggest to the district or a specific school. Who should I contact?

    Contact Neal Brokman at 814-874-6123 or via email at nbrokman@eriesd.org.