The Springfield Education Foundation (SEF) offers educators and administrators employed by Springfield Public Schools (SPS) the opportunity to apply for grants. Innovative Educator Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative teaching to further student excellence.
The 2015-16 Innovative Educator Grant Application is now available, click here. Please read the below before submitting your application. For the 2015-16 timeline and grant writing workshops click here.
The grant projects must:
- Enhance student academic performance and/or school engagement.
- Support the vision of Springfield Public Schools (SPS): Every student a graduate prepared for a bright and successful future.
- Emphasize a direct connection between the overall project and student learning.
- Utilize sound evaluation procedures and realistic timelines.
Innovator Educator Grant awards of up to:
- $1,000 for individual educator-initiated programs or projects; and
- $3,000 for teams, departments and district-initiated programs or projects consisting of three or more individuals are available.
The number of grants awarded will depend upon qualified grant applications and available funds.
- 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 2015-16 school year and meet the selection criteria.
- Applications will not be considered for building maintenance or construction projects (school garden projects will be considered.)
- Only one Innovative Educator application per project will be considered.
- Late forms will not be read and result in disqualification.
- Do not include the name of your school, educator name(s) or any other identifying information in the description portion of your applications. Applications with this information will not be reviewed.
Submitting Your Application
A completed online Innovative Educator Grant Application form is due by 5 pm, Thursday, October 1, 2015. The 2014-15 grants have already been awarded.
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.
2. 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.
3. The grant applicant’s principal or supervisor will be contacted for their approval of your application.
4. Applicants will be notified of decisions the first two weeks in November 2015.
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 submit it by June 30 of the school year the grant is awarded;
- Agree to share successful procedures in staff development sessions, grant showcase and to the SEF Board if requested;
- The equipment purchased with these grant funds is considered property of Springfield Public Schools. Grant recipients need to inform SEF staff if they move to another building and plan to take their equipment.
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.
- Be clear and logical.
- Objectives and outcomes should be consistent with the vision of the district.
- When creating your budget, research carefully and be realistic. Small grants are just as likely to be awarded as large grants.
- Do not include additional documents or audio-visual materials.
- If you are purchasing technology or related items, please use the Budget Estimates and Technology Purchasing Procedures document for prices and how technology will be purchased for your grant. Please provide links to the exact technical equipment you would like to purchase. To save resources, most technology will be purchased through the school district and Technology Services.