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Parents in Education funding for school and preschool communities

Our relationships with parents are at the centre of success for every child.

Parents in Education (PIE) funding of up to $5,000 is available for parent engagement projects. The funding is for projects that help parents:

  • engage in their child’s education
  • feel empowered to support learning at home through strong partnerships with schools.

Who can apply

You can apply if you are with a South Australian government school or preschool. Examples include:

  • individual parents
  • parent or caregiver groups
  • governing councils
  • parent clubs.

A school principal or preschool director must endorse the application. Each school or preschool can put in more than 1 application.

Application dates

Open: Monday 11 November 2019

Close: Friday 22 November 2019

Apply online

You can access the online application on this page from Monday 11 November.

We will let schools and preschools know the results by the end of Term 4, 2019.

Get ready to apply

To get ready to apply in November, get started with these points.

  • Promote the funding opportunity to your parent and caregiver community.
  • Look at parent engagement projects that meet the assessment criteria and can get funded.
  • Collect information that you need for your application. This could include project aims and anticipated outcomes, costings and target groups.
  • Think about:
    • Who you want involved.
    • How your site can help set up the project.
  • Review the department’s parent resources to help children learn.

How we will assess your application

An advisory panel will assess your application. They will look at how you plan to:

  • deliver on one or more of the following criteria
  • deliver during and after the project.


Assessment criteria


Connect

Connect learning at home and school. Value and strengthen the connection between children learning at home and school.

Communicate

Communicate as partners. Welcome, inform and involve parents through clear and respectful communication.

Include

Build identity and belonging. Make sure parents and children feel their culture and identity is visible and respected.

Recognise

Acknowledge the role of the family. Recognise the important role parents have in their education at school and at home.

Consult

Consult on decision making. Include parents in decision making to create shared responsibility and accountability.

Collaborate

Collaborate beyond the school. Work with the wider community to expand student learning and wellbeing opportunities.

Encourage

Encourage parents and community to participate in a variety of ways.


How you can use the funding

As part of applying, you will need to explain how you plan to spend your funding. When you plan, make sure:

  • you do not apply for more than $5,000
  • the costs will support parents to engage in their child’s learning
  • you seek quotes (if relevant)
  • you think about and include other funding resources for your project
  • you align with government and department policies and all relevant legislation.

Application budgets should:

  • identify costs that can get funded in other ways
  • not be part of the school or preschool’s usual operating costs
  • detail any other funding that the project uses.

You can still have a project that contains some things from the ‘not funded’ lists.

For example, if your project’s budget is for $6,000, but $1,000 of that is for teaching hours, you can still apply for $5,000. Just tell us the breakdown of who will fund what.

Resources and services – example uses

You can use funding to pay for

  • Design and communication
  • Printing and photocopying.
  • Fees for crèche or out of school hours care (OSHC).
  • Putting resources on websites.
  • Interpreter and translators.

Funding is not intended for

  • Resources and services available through the department.
  • First aid training.
  • Screening checks.

Activities, seminars, workshops and information sessions – example uses

You can use funding to pay for

  • Refreshments and catering.
  • Fees to attend.
  • Bus or taxis for parents.
  • Venue hire for very large groups.
  • Fees for facilitators and presenters.
  • Consultations surveys or interviews.

Funding is not intended for

  • Gifts for speakers and parents.
  • Award ceremonies.
  • Encouragement awards or school celebrations.
  • Equipment for sports, kitchens, resource libraries, horticulture, camps and excursions. This includes furniture, electronics, books, games and toys.
  • Wages, teacher TRT or honorariums to any education department employees (excluding OSHC).
  • Payments to parents and caregivers.

Contact

Parent engagement

Email: education.ParentEngagement [at] sa.gov.au