Mini-Grant Program



2019-2020
STEAM         CAMFest




(To be opened when applications are being accepted)





June 6, 2020 Update!!!

The Desert Sands Educational Foundation closes out the school year by delivering a check for $22,797.84 to Desert Sands Unified School District. These funds were generated from the first annual Desert Sands Educational Foundation Gala, Building for Education. This construction- themed gala, held on February 29, 2020 at Ironwood Country Club, honored longtime desert resident, Dick Oliphant. The grants have been distributed to STEAM projects throughout the district not to exceed $500. Earlier in the year over $30,000 was placed directly in the classrooms as teachers and students participated in the third annual CAMFest at Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, a celebration of the arts. We look forward to working with the community to enhance the education for the students of Desert Sands Unified School District for the 2020-21 school year! 


May 5, 2020
Letter from our Grants and Scholarships committee Chair: 

Good Morning and Great News!

The Desert Sands Educational Foundation (DSEF) held its 1st Annual Gala on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The event Building for Education honored Richard Oliphant with a goal to earn funds for science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) programs within our schools. With the more than $20,000 in net proceeds from the event, we are excited to offer mini-grant opportunities to DSUSD staff, schools, and programs supporting STEAM Education. 


Download the attached FILLABLE Mini-Grant Application by clicking the link below.
Save As, adding the project name or your name (project contact) to file name.
Complete all sections of the FILLABLE application. 
Save your work using the icon at top right of FILLABLE document.
Return the completed application to DSEF by Thursday, May 21, 2020. 

To print, complete by hand, and postmark, please see instructions within the grant application. 

While the application indicates that notification of grant award will be within six weeks following the application deadline, we plan to do all possible to review and notify recipients just as soon after that 21 May deadline. We understanding the many uncertainties surrounding the start of the 2020-2021 school year; DSEF hopes to be of continued assistance with our fundraising efforts to support your high-quality programs. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

We eagerly await your requests,

Cathy Doyle

Grants and Scholarship Committee Chair

Desert Sands Educational Foundation