2017-18 Innovative Educator Grant Process and Application

2017-18 Springfield Education Foundation’s Innovative Educator Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate and recognize innovative teaching programs in Springfield Public Schools to empower student success. Please read the below before applying.

This year’s competitive, one-time grant awards of $250 to $3,000 are available to any Springfield Public School (SPS) employee or SPS charter school employees engaged in efforts to further student excellence. Grants will be awarded to projects that best align with Springfield Education Foundation (SEF) efforts to:

  • Increases participation
  • Reaches underserved populations
  • Increases attendance
  • Improves graduation rates
  • Promotes career opportunities and college connections

Eligibility: Individuals or collaborative Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, Oregon, staff teams involved in the instruction of students or related support services are eligible to apply.

Allowable Grant Expenses:

  • Classroom materials and supplies
  • Computer software
  • Technical Equipment: Peripheral devices used to increase student engagement such as robotics, digital cameras, probeware, heart monitors, Raspberry Pi, etc.*
  • Field trips and classroom travel
  • School garden related structures
  • Guest speaker / performer fees and travel
  • Project related food and supplies
  • Educator training and compensation (Please note in your budget if you will be using your allowable professional development hours/days provided by the SEA/SPS contract)

Unallowable Grant Expenses:

  • Building maintenance or construction costs (other than school garden structures)
  • SPS 2016 Bond funded technology including Laptop and desktop computers (Mac, Windows, Chrome OS) and Tablet devices*
  • Prizes
  • Document camera, DVD drive/player (These are available upon request through Technology Services for non-charter schools; submit a Web Helpdesk ticket stating your need.)*Note: Please discuss your computer and tablet device needs with your school principal so that they can be included in a School Innovation Proposal. This year’s SEF grants are meant to enhance bond-funded technology to help increase student engagement. Grant funding is not currently available to help educators reach a 1 student to 1 computer ratio.
  • Basic needs (food insecurity, transportation, health, and hygiene). Other sources of funding besides Innovative Educator Grants may exist for these resources, please contact the Springfield Education Foundation office at 541-726-3243 for more information.

Application Overview

  • All projects must receive pre-approval by a supervisor or principal.
  • Only one proposal per educator will be considered.
  • Proposals are due October 1, 2017 by 5:00 pm. Late submittals will not be considered.
  • Awarded funds may only be applied to the project described in the proposal.
  • Funds must be spent within the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Grants are awarded once per year.  The number and amount will depend on available funds.
  • When creating your budget, please research costs and cite estimate sources. Remember, awards starting at $250 minimum and up to $3,000 maximum will be available.

 Submitting your application

  • All proposals are due by  October 1st by 5:00 p.m.
  • Only one application per applicant will be considered.
  • Do not include additional documents.
  • Late submittals will not be considered for funding.
  • DO NOT IDENTIFY participating SPS staff, SPS schools, or partnering organizations in your Narrative or Budget. Applications with names will be INELIGIBLE for funding.

The online grant application is available here. (Please note it does not save your work.  It is recommended that your read all information on this page and the application, write your application in a different document and then copy and paste that into your grant application. )

Proposal Review

  • Grants are scored by SEF and SPS representatives and community volunteers who may be familiar with you and your school. In an effort to reduce bias, please do not identify yourself, your school or project partners by name. Your proposal will receive an identifying number referenced throughout review. Applications that include specific employee or school names will not be considered.
  • Each application will receive a cumulative numerical score and those with highest scores will receive funding priority.

Award Notice

  • All applicants will receive notice of award status by November 30

Responsibilities of Grant Recipients

  • Agree to share project information at an SEF event or meeting.
  • Return the required project evaluation by June 30.
  • Equipment purchased with SEF grant funds is considered property of Springfield Public Schools. Please notify SEF if you plan to move and take your equipment to another building.
  • Projects and evaluations must be completed before applicants can apply for a future grant.

SPS Grant Writing Workshops

Four SEF Grant Writing Workshops are offered for your convenience. The same material is explained in each. Seasoned and novice grant writers are encouraged to attend. Attendance is optional but encouraged for those seeking grant funding. Contact Ronnel, 541-726-3242 or ronnel@springfieldeducationfoundation.org to pre-register.

#1  Wednesday, June 21, 3:45 to 4:45 pm, SPS Admin Building, Board Room

#2 Tuesday, July 11, 9 to 10 am, SPS Admin Building, Board Room — CANCELLED

#3 Wednesday, August 23, 4 to 5 pm, SPS Admin Building, 1st Floor Conference Room

#4 Monday, September 11, 4 to 5 pm, SPS Admin Building, 1st Floor Conference Room

Timeline

June 8, 2017             2017-18 Innovative Grant Applications available

October 1, 2017    Grant Applications Due at 5 pm.

November 16            Grant Givers Tour

November 30          Grant funds available

June 30, 2017        Final Grant Evaluations Due

 

Questions? Contact Springfield Education Foundation 541-726-3242, or info@springfieldeducationfoundation.org.

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