2013-14 Innovative Educator Grant Application and Process

Purpose

Innovative Educator Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative teaching. The Springfield Education Foundation (SEF) offers educators and administrators the opportunity to apply for grants. The grants must enhance student academic performance and support the objectives, goals and initiatives of Springfield Public Schools (SPS).

Innovator Educator Grant awards of up to:

  • $1,000/individual educator-initiated programs or projects; and
  • $3,000/teams, departments and district-initiated programs or projects consisting of three or more individuals are available.

The number of grants awarded will depend qualified grant application and available funds.

NOTE: If you are in need of items such as software upgrades, science supplies, books, musical instruments, art supplies, equipment or tools, consider applying for the Cutting Edge Grant; up to $500 per grant application may be requested. 

Eligibility

  • Individuals or teams of individuals employed by SPS who are involved in the instruction of students or related support services benefiting students.
  • Projects must be designed to begin during the 2013-14 school year and meet the selection criteria.
  • Grants may fund instructional and classroom materials, parent involvement programs, or any activity or material which supports higher levels of student academic achievement. Types of proposals that will be considered include field trips, up-to-date technology, equipment, instructional aides, performances and other items and services, which demonstrate a direct connection to student learning.

Applications will not be considered for wages for furlough days, building maintenance or construction projects; school garden projects will be considered.

Please note that only one Innovative Educator and/or Cutting Edge grant application per project will be considered.

Selection Criteria

  • Supports district goals;
  • Emphasizes student academic performance;
  • Utilizes sound evaluation procedures, incorporating numerical data and measures when appropriate;
  • Represents an innovative or creative approach; and
  • Is clear and logical, emphasizing a direct connection between the overall project and student learning.

Submitting Your Application

Please read Tips for a Successful Application prior to writing your grant.

Please adhere to deadlines; late forms will result in disqualification.

The Primary Applicant Information submitted at the end of the application is not shared with the grant reviewers. 

Do not include the name of your school, educator name(s) or any other identifying information elsewhere in this application. Applications with this information will not be reviewed.

  • Administrator approval for all applications is required. This written communication shows that your administrator approves your project. To indicate approval he or she needs to submit the Administrator Endorsement form in hard copy form to the Springfield Education Foundation office (interoffice district mail can be used) by 5 pm, Friday, October 18, 2013.

Due to the large number of applicants, incomplete grant applications or those not following specified guidelines will be disqualified (e.g., late Administrator Recommendation Forms, inclusion of identifying information and the request for funding of ineligible items).

Selection Process

1. Applications will be reviewed, scored with the Reviewer Score Sheet, and awarded by the Grant Application Review Committee made up of the following members:

    • Members of Innovative Educator Grant Committee of SEF;
    • Parent representative appointed by the SEF Board of Directors;
    • District representative selected by Innovative Educator Grant Committee; and
    • Others as determined by the SEF Board of Directors.

To ensure unbiased grant evaluations, reviewers will not see the school, educator name(s), or any identifying information. Projects, identified only by an ID number, will be scored by each committee member and chosen based on accumulated score and funds available.

2. Applicants will be notified of decisions by December 12, 2013.

Responsibilities of Grant Recipients

  • Use of the grant for the purposes intended;
  • Funds must be expended by the end of the school year in which grant was awarded;
  • Project needs to be fully implemented and evaluation submitted to SEF before recipients can submit an application for another grant. Award winners must use the form included in this packet and submitted by June 30 of the school year the grant is awarded;
  • Agree to share successful procedures in staff development sessions and to the SEF Board if requested;
  • Participate in the grant showcase scheduled for May 13, 2014; and
  • The equipment purchased with these grant funds is considered property of Springfield Public Schools.

Application Reminders

When applying for a grant, please remember the following:

  • Grants are to be used to fund projects that are not provided for in school and district budgets.
  • Objectives and outcomes should be consistent with the goals of your school and the district.
  • When creating your budget, research carefully and be realistic.  Small grants are just as likely to be awarded as large grants. Include bids for purchases.
  • Keep your application to 3 pages or less. Do not include additional documents or audio-visual materials.
  • Please use the Purchasing Procedures, Items, and Price Estimates document for information about technology related resources. To save resources, most technology will be purchased through the school district and Technology Services.