2016-17 Innovative Educator Grant Process and Application

Springfield Education Foundation’s Innovative Educator Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative teaching in support of Springfield Public Schools District.

This year’s competitive, one-time grant awards of $250 to $5,000 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:

  • Boost early literacy
  • Increase attendance
  • Provide integrated learning experiences
  • Expand classroom, student, and/or school participation
  • Promote career and college connections
  • Improve graduation rates

Applications for the 2016-17 grant cycle is now closed.  22 grants totaling $51,375 were awarded to 19 educators who will provide 17,000 new creative learning opportunities to Springfield students across the district November of 2016. 

For those educators would like information on the next grant cycle please contact Ronnel Curry at ronnel@springfieldeduationfoundation.org.  Applications for next year will be due October 1, 2017.

Individuals or collaborative SPS staff teams involved in the instruction of students or related support services are eligible to apply.

2016-17 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)

 2016-17 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.

Application Overview

  • All projects must receive pre-approval by a supervisor or principal
  • Only one proposal per project will be considered
  • Next year’s 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 $5,000 maximum will be available.

 Submitting your application

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

Funded 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

Three 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.



June 30, 2017                         Final Grant Evaluations Due

Questions? Contact Springfield Education Foundation 541-726-3242, or grants@springfieldeducationfoudnaiton.org.