GAR’s Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) Program is an annual program separate and distinct from the Foundation’s regular grant-making in the area of education. The goal of EIG is to support teacher-initiated, classroom-based projects and methods that demonstrably impact student academic achievement.



  • Teams of K-12 Summit County educators in public, private, parochial, non-profit charter schools
  • Projects that help students meet or exceed Ohio’s New Learning Standards
  • Projects that demonstrate initiative, creativity, and progressive ideas
  • Projects that help teachers/students achieve and/or promote the district or school’s vision
  • Projects that demonstrate support for keeping learners on track along the six key transition points on the Cradle-to-Career Continuum


The deadline to apply for the 2016 EIG program has passed and awards have been announced. The next round of applications will open in early 2017 with a deadline of February 24, 2017.


Funding Available:

Amount of funding available

Project focus

Up to $5,000

Grants to improve achievement in one or more classrooms

Up to $10,000

Grants to improve achievement in grade level or departments

Up to $15,000

Grants to improve achievement school-wide



EIG does not fund:

  • Teacher stipends
  • Refreshments/meals
  • Furniture or capital improvements
  • Incentives or rewards for students (pencils, pens, stickers, etc)
  • T-shirts or clothing
  • Standard school supplies


EIG Application Process

  • Step 1: Identify the educator who will serve as the primary contact for your team and school. Team leaders are not permitted to lead more than one project.
  • Step 2: View a blank application form to prepare for the questions
  • Step 3: Review the Educator Initiative Grant Rubric to ensure you’re meeting all of the guidelines
  • Step 4: Obtain a signed Principal’s Endorsement Form from each Principal involved in the project
  • Step 5: Obtain a signed  Superintendent’s or Head of School Endorsement Form acknowledging the chief executive’s fiscal responsibility for the grant
  • Step 6: Complete the online application form and upload any requested and relevant attachments by the deadline


    See Recently Awarded EIG Programs




    Grant-preparation workshops: Workshops are conducted for interested educators to describe the application process, explain the decision criteria, and answer questions.

    For questions about the EIG Program, contact: Lucille Esposito, EIG Program Manager, or 330.550.6661