Funding Guidelines

Grade level classrooms and specials classrooms (Art, Music, Library, Physical Education, and Spanish) receive a predetermined stipend from the PTG each year.  These stipend funds are to be used for classroom supplies, enhancements that are not curriculum-related materials, and provide a benefit to the classroom and/or students.  In order to collect a stipend, please complete and submit the PTG Reimbursement Form along with labeled receipts to the PTG Treasurer by the first Friday of May each year via the PTG mailbox in the main office.

Those without a stipend or those seeking additional funds can request funding from the PTG online via the PTG Funding Request Google Form.  Simply complete the online form and click submit!  Notification of your request will be sent directly to the PTG Co-Presidents and we will be in touch with any questions.  As a courtesy, we ask that you please seek out other potential funding resources prior to, or concurrent with, your request to the PTG.


Funding requests made to the PTG must meet the following guidelines as outlined in the PTG Bylaws (Article X, Section A):

  • Equal access or allocation of funds to all persons in the same positions (i.e. to all teachers or to all students’ school wide or at a particular grade level).
  • Number of students expected to participate in an activity/availability of the activity to all students school wide or at a particular grade level.
  • Enrichment value of an activity or program to the current curriculum.
  • The number of students and/or faculty who will benefit from the activity.
  • Social value or school community service.
  • Likelihood and availability of other funding.

Funding requests will also be evaluated against the organization’s purpose as stated in Article II:

  • Enhance educational, cultural, and social opportunities of the Thoreau School students.
  • Provide an open forum for parents, faculty, staff, and administration of the Thoreau School to meet and to facilitate communication on matters affecting the school community.
  • Sponsor and provide funds for specific programs and activities that benefit students, families, and teachers.
  • Serve as a liaison between the parent community and the school system administration.
  • Build relations between the Thoreau School and the outside community.
  • Educate the Thoreau community on policy or other matters that may affect the community.
  • Serve as a resource for parents in the understanding of school policies and practices.
  • Instill the positive message of the “Thoreau C.A.R.E.S.” school spirit.

Approval Process:

  • Requests over $250 require a simple majority vote of the membership present and voting at the next meeting to approve of and disburse funds. The principal and a faculty representative will be notified of the vote so that they may attend or otherwise provide input on the request.
  • Requests of $250 or less can be approved by the Co-Presidents and Treasurer.
  • The PTG reserves the right to delay or deny any request for funds without cause.