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."

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.)
  • 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.

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

Grant-preparation workshops

Workshops are conducted for interested educators to describe the application process, explain the decision criteria, and answer questions. Workshops will be announced in winter 2014. 

For questions about the EIG Program, contact:
Lucille Esposito, EIG Program Manager, espolucille@gmail.com  or 330.550.6661

Join GAR Foundation and Summit County educators at the Annual Educator Conference on October 28, 2014. This year's conference will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D., from Kent State University, engaging breakout sessions, a special spotlight on students, and a helpful workshop for writing a successful Educator Initiative Grant. 

We have reached full capacity for this event. Follow this link to be added to a waiting list. 
If a ticket becomes available you will be contacted with further instructions. Thank you! 

View the agenda here (pdf)


2015 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