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Impact Programs

Instructional Grants

Instructional Grants empower KCPS educators to bring to life education-related passion projects that impact learning across academic disciplines. Each year, the Foundation aims to award $20,000+ for activities that typically fall outside the district operating budget.

Teacher of the Year

Each year, KCPS recognizes the best of Team KCPS during the Teacher of the Year celebration. School nominates one teacher for consideration, and the Foundation provides a personal trophy, a traveling trophy for the teacher’s school, and $5,000. Runners-up receive a trophy and $1,000 classroom grant.


KCPSFest is the annual back-to-school event through which community partners, local companies and volunteers donate time and dollars to help KCPS students get ready for the start of school. Attendees receive backpacks, uniforms, free lunch, immunizations, sports physicals and more.

Educational Initiatives

While the KCPS Education Foundation is an independent foundation, we work closely with Kansas City Public Schools to ensure our efforts are aligned with the overarching goals for the district. The Foundation works closely with district Administration to ensure we fund initiatives that put support where it will make the most difference, in the schoolrooms where passionate teachers and committed principals are tirelessly working to meet the needs of bright, talented students.

Pass-Through Donations

In select situations, the Foundation may facilitate distribution of unsolicited contributions that support KCPS projects that qualify for IRS 501c3 tax exemption but fall outside defined funding priorities.