About GAR

Educator Initiative Grants

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.

2016 Grant Awards

The deadline to apply for the EIG program has passed and will reopen in February, 2017. Announcements for the 2016 grants will be made in May, 2016.

  • Grants to improve achievement in one or more classrooms ($1,000 to $5,000)
  • Grants to improve achievement in grade level/departments (up to $10,000)
  • School-wide grants (up to $15,000.)
  • Teams of educators from public, non-profit private or parochial schools in Summit County are eligible to apply.
  • A team must consist of at least two K-12 classroom teachers. Administrators may also be team members, but should submit applications only as part of a group of educators who will share responsibility for implementing the proposed project.
  • Applications are completed by using our online application. 

Before applying

All K-12 educators/teams seeking funds to supplement, reinforce, or otherwise enhance educational achievement of K-12 students should review our EIG application Guidelines and read an example of a winning proposal from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School.

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, espolucille@gmail.com  or 330.550.6661



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