The Grants and Research Office (GRO)

GRO is a dynamic and successful partnership between two Minnesota intermediate school districts. Intermediate districts partner with K-12 school districts to meet more effectively the unique learning needs of every student. In order to achieve this mission, GRO helps districts stay on the cutting edge of educational research, share effective practice and learn from successful grants.

Member Districts

The Intermediate Districts provide unique programs for special needs and low-incidence learners, along with other requested services. They work with member school districts to creatively meet the diverse and changing needs of learners through cooperatively delivered, high-quality, cost-effective services. The Intermediate Districts have been educational leaders, receiving both state and national awards.
The mission of Intermediate District 287 is to be the premier provider of innovative specialized services to ensure that each member district can meet the unique learning needs of its students.  Intermediate District 287 is comprised of school districts located in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities. With 12 member public school districts and cooperative working agreements with the area technical colleges, it is the largest public school entity in the state of Minnesota. The member districts include: Brooklyn Center, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Orono, Osseo, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, and Westonka.
The mission of Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District is to responds to the unique needs of students, educators, and school districts with innovation, quality, and trusted experience. Intermediate District 916 is comprised of school districts located in the northeastern suburbs of the Twin Cities. Intermediate District is comprised of 11 member public school districts with a cooperative working agreement with Century College. The member districts include: Centennial, Columbia Heights, East Metro Integration District, Mahtomedi, Moundsview, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale, Roseville, South Washington County, Spring Lake Park, Stillwater, and White Bear Lake.


One of the primary forms of communication with member district employees is the GRO-o-gram, our e-newsletter. The GRO-o-gram content is focused on grants and educational research.

An archive of past GRO-o-grams is available below.

If you wish to be added to the GRO-o-gram distribution list, please click on Contact Us under Grants and Research Office to the left of this page. There you will be asked to provide your name and e-mail address. In the message section please write “add to GRO-O-gram distribution list” and then click on Send Your Message.

GRO Annual Reports

The Grants and Research Office (GRO) Annual Report is written each spring to summarize GRO accomplishments for the year.

The report is reviewed by the Grants and Research Office Advisory Committee and is shared with member districts through its posting on the website.

An archive of annual reports is available below.