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. GAR’s Educator Initiative Grant Program offers grants of $1,000 to $15,000 to teams of educators from kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) who work together to develop, implement, and assess instructional strategies that fulfill the goal of the EIG program. The goal of EIG is "to support teacher-initiated, classroom-based projects and methods that demonstrably impact student academic achievement."

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.

Grant-preparation workshops are conducted for interested educators to describe the application process, explain the decision criteria, and answer questions. Application deadlines are in February for grants to be used in the next school year. Decisions are announced in May.

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. Applications are completed by using our online application form

Recently Awarded Grants


2015 Grant Awards Available

The deadline for an EIG proposal is February 20, 2015.

  • 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.)

For questions about the EIG Program, contact:

Lucille Esposito, EIG Program Manager, espolucille@gmail.com  or 330.550.6661


2014 EIG Deadline and Online Application

Our 2014-15 application deadline has passed for this season.  Watch for next year's application deadline of February 20, 2015. Congratulations to our 2013 grant recipients who are implementing projects this academic year. 

For more detailed information, take a look at our recent Guidelines, updated for 2014, which includes Principal and Superintendent endorsement forms required as part of your EIG application.  

Click on EIG grants awarded for a list of winning projects for 2013.  Here's an example of a winning proposal from Barberton City Schools.