Background on the Innovation Grant Program

The EEF's Innovation Grant program strives to fund projects that demonstrate innovative/creative ideas that support the District's current Strategic and Financial plans.  Foundation grants are not intended to fund classroom and/or building level needs as these needs are most often met by unit budgets and/or building level PTOs.  While the initial scope of the project may be limited to a classroom/level/building/etc., the EEF looks at the project's potential to impact the District as a whole ... especially as it might relate to innovations in curriculum and delivery of instruction/assessments that facilitate effective differentiation.  These proof of concept projects teach us valuable lessons not only about what DOES work but also about what DOESN'T. 

Grant applicants are asked to submit a short term plan for how their idea will be implemented initially and a long term vision describing how they think their idea could improve learning across the district. The EEF is looking for ideas with the potential to be considered for future funding through the EEF super grant program and/or ideas that, if proven successful, might justify inclusion in the District's operating budget. 

The EEF grant committee includes both administrators and PTO representatives from each level to ensure an objective review of each grant application.  The Foundation does not have a dollar limit for grant requests, however the total amount awarded in a grant cycle is limited by the amount of money the EEF is able to allocate to grants in a given year.  


Is a Foundation Grant right for you?:

If you would like to submit a grant request that benefits a single classroom and has little potential to affect change district-wide, please contact your department head, building administrator and/or building level PTO for support.   

If you have an idea that has the potential to affect change in the District (or are requesting funding to bring a successful idea from one school to another) within one of the Foundation's areas of interest:  Innovative Instruction, Teaching Excellence, and/or Continuing Education, please apply to the Foundation for either full or partial funding (the Foundation loves to partner on projects with other grantors).  Foundation grant programs are open to parents, staff, administrators, and students.


If a grant request is approved, the applicant is expected to present a summary of their project experience and results at the end of the school year.

How to Apply?

Please refer to the following documents in order to apply for an EEF Grant.  The deadline is Friday, February 28th at 4 p.m. for the 2013-14 school year. 

Please feel free to contact the Foundation with any questions via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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