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PTA Campus Grants

Each Cluster campus has a discretionary spending program, led by PTA Campus Representatives.

Funding Goals

To support projects and programs that:

  • Enhance the school or classroom climate
  • Support teaching and learning
  • Infuse creativity or project-based learning into scholars’ experiences at the Cluster


  • The lead applicant must be a Cluster teacher, staff, or parent.
  • Proposed projects should advance one or more of the Funding Goals.
  • Applicants must fill out the online grant application form and submit it by the applicable deadline.

2015-2016 Grant Application Deadlines

  • Peabody Application Deadlines: September 22, 2015 and January 19, 2016. Grant applications to be discussed at September 24, 2015 and January 26, 2016 PTA meetings.
  • Watkins Application Deadlines: Contact your Parent Representatives
  • Stuart-Hobson Application Deadlines: Contact your Parent Representatives

Applications (links open a Google form in a new window)

>> Peabody grant application
>> Watkins grant application
>> Stuart-Hobson grant application

Money Available

Total discretionary funding amounts available at each campus are determined on a per-pupil basis. Out of the total, an amount is set aside for Teacher Materials Stipends (up to $100 per teacher). The reminder is divided between the grant cycles for that year. Campus Representatives adjust amounts according to interest and need, and communicate that with staff in advance of each deadline.

Find out more about the Teacher Materials Stipends ($100 per teacher) at each campus >>


Each group of Campus Representatives considers proposals and discusses priorities with parents and teachers who attend the appropriate PTA meeting. Campus Representatives make final funding decisions at their campus. 


When proposals are approved, grant money is disbursed either by reimbursement or invoice. Grantees should either purchase items and request reimbursement (using the PTA Payment Request Form) or submit an invoice to be paid by the PTA.

For More Information

To explore funding ideas or get more information, contact your Campus Representatives:

Peabody Parent Representatives
Diana Embrey – PeabodyParentRep1@chcspta.org
Carmen McLean – PeabodyParentRep2@chcspta.org
Catherine Davis – PeabodyParentRep3@chcspta.org
Christian Calleri – PeabodyParentRep4@chcspta.org

Peabody Teacher Representatives
Rachel Houghton – rachel.houghton@dc.gov
Lauren Tate – lauren.tate@dc.gov

Watkins Campus Representatives
Samah Norquist – WatkinsParentRep1@chcspta.org
Lona Valmoro – WatkinsParentRep2@chcspta.org
Jennifer Schaefer-Soderman – WatkinsParentRep3@chcspta.org
Rachel Harriott – WatkinsRoomParents@chcspta.org

Watkins Teacher Representatives
Elizabeth O’Donnell – elizabeth.odonnell@dc.gov
Jill Stewart – jill.stewart@dc.gov

Stuart-Hobson Campus Representatives
Brynn Epstein – SHParentRep1@chcspta.org
Josh Silverman – SHParentRep2@chcspta.org

Stuart-Hobson Teacher Representatives
Silvia Brewer – silvia.brewer@dc.gov
Mercedes Salzar – mercedes.salazar@dc.gov
Kip Plaisted – kip.plaisted@dc.gov