Teacher Innovation Grants

Application Deadline – Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Education Foundation provides grants to teachers for projects that enhance student learning within St. Vrain Valley SchoolsPrevious grants have been awarded to fund technology, learning tools, field trips, and curriculum enhancement materials.  Grants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis; however, most successful applicants seek funding in the $500 – $2,000 range.  A volunteer review committee will convene early October and grants will be awarded no later than November. The Education Foundation will assist in seeking additional funding for a certain amount of proposals that have been approved by the grant committee, but where there is a lack of foundation funding to support.

Overview:

The Foundation encourages St. Vrain Valley School District teachers to submit grant applications for projects which support the District’s strategic direction, supplement standard curriculum and enhance efforts to meet student learning needs. More specifically we are interested in providing support for proposals that:

  • Creative and innovative in scope
  • Results in improved achievement for students
  • Focus on closing the achievement gap for students
  • Encourages life-long learning

Process:

Applicants should complete the grant application below and submit it by September 18, 2019.  Only ONE grant request per teacher will be accepted. Prior to submission, the grant application should be reviewed with your school principal or supervisor, as appropriate. If requesting hardware or software, please contact the SVVSD Technology Store (http://store.stvrain.k12.co.us) to ensure that the technology is supported by the district. All grant applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of Directors of the Education Foundation, St. Vrain Valley School District Administration and members of the community. The committee will use a rubric to evaluate each proposal. The rubric is consistent with the grant application questions. The committee will give a priority ranking to each of the grant applications and provide a recommendation for funding.

Award Amounts:

Grants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis; however, most successful applicants seek funding in the $500 – $2,000 range.  The Education Foundation allows funding requests from all content areas of education. Please highlight the correct category in your application for your grant request.

  • General Funding
  • STEM Funding
  • Special Needs Funding

Evaluation:

Each recipient of an Education Foundation Teacher Innovation Grant will be asked to complete an electronic evaluation form prior to the next grant cycle. The evaluation will include a summary of the details of the grant activity and the level of success achieved. Information on the number of participants, learner outcomes, and overall evaluation of the proposal will also be requested. Completion of the evaluation form will make the grantee eligible for future grants.

Publicity:

Grant recipients are asked to publicize the grant in parental newsletters and other local media. Such publicity should highlight the funded project and its success and identify the Education Foundation as the source of the funding grant. Grant recipients may be asked to submit a picture and brief quote regarding the impact of the grant to support EFSVV promotional campaigns.

Need more Information?

If you have questions or need assistance please contact us at admin@www.efsvv.org or 720-652-8208.

Deadlines, Award Announcements and Funding:

Grant applications must be submitted electronically. Notification of receipt will be sent to applicants electronically. Submission deadlines, award announcements, and funding dates are as follows:

GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE:  September 18, 2019

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT & FUNDING:  Early November

Over the years here is what teachers say about the impact of Education Foundation grants:

Please accept my thanks for the grant to support 'Hook Them With a Nook'. It is difficult for ELL students to read at the proper level when they must choose books from the library. They feel embarassed checking out lower-level books in the presence of their peers and often attempt to read books above their level. The electronic reading [devices] created interest and excitement in students. They feel comfortable making their reading choices and read at the beginning of class each day."

Patricia Jensen, ELL Teacher- Coal Ridge Middle School

Thank you all so very much for the grant award for Heritage Middle School. Words can not even begin to express how grateful we all are. International Towne is such an amazing learning opportunity and thanks to your foundation we will be able to send all of our kids without it being a financial burden on their families. What your foundation does is truly going to make a difference for our kids this year. Thank you so much.

Samantha Olsen, 6th Grade Math Teacher - Heritage Middle School

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the gift provided by the Education Foundation to purchase a class set of Tim O'Brien's novel, The Things They Carried. For many students, history can seem to be a boring list of dates, facts, and people very disconnected from their own lives. I have discovered over the years, however, that a well written novel from the era of study can clothe historical facts with a sense of vitality...to that end, I am eager to engage my students in a reading to help them understand the realities, complexities, and conundrums of the Vietnam War.

Jonathan Robert, Social Studies- Frederick High School