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SEF’s grant application period is now closed.

Applications for all SEF grants will be accepted between December 1 – April 1 of each year for funding for the following school year.  

SEF Innovative Educator Grant Awards

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

Competitive, one-time grant awards of $250 to $4,000 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:

  1. Empower students through the enrichment/enhancement of current programs
  2. Provide new learning opportunities to keep students engaged
  3. Encourage positive behavior
  4. Increase a sense of belonging at school
  5. Reach underserved populations
  6. Promote career opportunities and college connections

Click here to see examples of past Innovative Educator Awards!

Centennial teachers Tiffany Asumendi, Franchesca Sandoval, and Carol Granados celebrate their grants!

Who Can Apply

Individuals or collaborative staff teams within Springfield Public Schools (SPS) who are involved in the instruction of students, or related support services, are eligible to apply. Award programs can benefit small or large groups of students.


December 1 – Applications available
April 1 – Applications Due by midnight
May – Recipients notified and funds available
May 31 – Project evaluations due for recipients awarded in the previous spring

Selection Process

  1. Only online applications will be accepted at this time. Visit our online portal between December 1 and April 1 to apply.
  2. Applications 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 include the names of any SPS staff, SPS schools, or any other school identifier in Project Details, Narrative, or Budget sections. Identifying information should ONLY be shared when requested. Your proposal will receive an identifying number referenced throughout the review.
  3. Each application will receive a cumulative numerical score and those with the highest scores will receive funding priority.
  4. Awards will be announced in May 2024 and funds will be available shortly thereafter.

Requirements of Project Proposals

  • Prior to submission, you must receive approval of your project and application from your building principal or administrator. Include their name and email on the application in the space indicated. If selected, applicants will receive a principal/supervisor approval form that must be completed before funds are released.
  • Shortly after the application period ends, you will receive a “Level 1: Site-Based Grant Internal Application” Form. You must fill out this form and return it to the SPS Grant Accountant within 10 days of receipt.

Responsibilities of Award Recipients

  • Use the funds for the purposes stated in the application materials.
  • Funds must be spent within the 2024-25 academic year. Any remaining funds are to be returned to the Springfield Education Foundation for reallocation. If the program continues, it should be sustainable beyond the initial project funding period.
  • If requested, agree to share project results at a SEF board meeting or event.
  • Submit a written evaluation at the completion of the project, no later than May 31, 2025. Project evaluation form can be found at SEFLane.org/grants/grant-evaluation.
  • Projects and evaluations must be completed before applicants can receive funding for a future project.

When applying for this award, please remember the following:

  • These funds are to be used for projects that are not provided for in school and district budgets.
  • Objectives and outcomes need to be consistent with school and district mission, goals, or initiatives.
  • When creating your budget, research carefully and be realistic. Example budgets available at SEFLane.org/example-budgets.
  • Equipment purchased with SEF funds is considered the property of Springfield Public Schools. Please notify SEF if you plan to move and take your equipment to another building.
  • Only one Innovative Educator Grant Award proposal per primary applicant is allowed. Primary applicants may be listed as “additional applicants” on other IE Grant Award applications.
  • Repeat funding requests are allowed and will be considered annually on a case-by-case basis.

Allowable Grant Expenses

All project proposals must be approved by your building principal or administrator before submission. Applications will be reviewed by the Administrative Instructional Team after submission.

  • Classroom materials, supplies and equipment (major equipment must remain on school grounds).
  • Technical Equipment*: Peripheral devices used to increase student engagement such as robotics, digital cameras, probeware, heart monitors, 3D printers, etc.
  • Field trips and classroom travel
  • School garden-related structures (must be approved by the building administrator and Facilities Team)
  • Guest speaker/performer fees and travel (note that any guests must submit a District Volunteer Application Form and meet the requirements therein)
  • Project related food and supplies
  • Educator training
  • Computer software*
  • Online subscriptions
  • Incentives
  • If you have questions as to whether your project expense is allowable, please contact your building administrator or email info@springfieldeducationfoundation.org.

*Please review the district technology equipment purchasing info site to help build your budget. If there is an item not on this list, please submit a Helpdesk ticket. Tech materials not purchased through the district will not be eligible for servicing through the SPS Technology Department.

Unallowable Grant Expenses

  • Building maintenance or construction costs (other than school garden structures)
  • Laptop/desktop computers (e.g., Mac, Windows, Chrome OS) and Tablet devices (exceptions will be made if required for/and only used in the SEF awarded-project – for example, if requesting a 3D printer or CNC machine and a computer is needed to run the device).
  • 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.)
  • Apps for school tablets
  • Basic needs. Contact SEF at 541-726-3243 for other funding sources (e.g., food, clothing, hygiene).
  • Project requests must be aligned with school district practices, policies, and guidelines.
  • If you have questions as to whether your project expense is allowable, please contact your building administrator or email info@springfieldeducationfoundation.org.

Please note:

Please do not include the names of any SPS staff, SPS schools, or any other school identifier in Project Details, Narrative, or Budget sections. Identifying information should ONLY be shared when requested. Applications with identifying information may not be considered.


For more information, contact Christina San Filippo at 541-726-3243 or info@SpringfieldEducationFoundation.org.

Apply Online

Click below to apply through our online portal between December 1 and April 1. 

"My program and my students have been impacted in so many ways by the grants from SEF. We are so thankful to have the support of this organization."
Jon Bridges
Springfield High School
"Thank you for giving over 200 students the opportunity to have a new, relevant novel in their hands!"
Haley Toledo
Hamiln Middle School
"Thank you for supporting and giving teachers what we need to make learning special for our students."
Andria Martin
Ridgeview Elementary
"Everyone I have interacted with has been so friendly, positive, and reassuring. I have appreciated how this program seems to truly care about educators."
Franchesca Sandoval
Centennial Elementary

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