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.
Amount of funding available
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
- 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
- Educator Initiative Grant Applicant’s Guide (includes a downloadable checklist and forms required to submit your application)
- Budget & Expense Sample
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, email@example.com or 330.550.6661