2014-15 Innovative Educator Grant Application and Process


The Springfield Education Foundation (SEF) offers educators and administrators the opportunity to apply for grants. Innovative Educator Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative teaching.

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/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 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 2014-15 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 elsewhere in this application. Applications with this information will not be reviewed.

Submitting Your Application

A completed online Innovative Educator Grant Application form is due by 5 pm, Tuesday, October 14, 2014. The 2014-15 grants have been awarded. The 2015-16 grant process and timeline will be posted ASAP.

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.

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 asked to approve each grant application.

4. Applicants will be notified of decisions the week of  November 17, 2014.

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 and to the SEF Board if requested;
  • 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 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.
  • Please use the Budget Estimates and Technology Purchasing Procedures document for quotes and how technology will be purchased for your grant.  To save resources, most technology will be purchased through the school district and Technology Services.