Only teams of educators from public, private, parochial and charter schools in Summit County may apply for Educator Initiative Grants. These teams must consist of at least two K-12 classroom teachers. Administrators may also be team members, but should submit applications only in concert with a group of teachers who will share responsibility for implementing the project for which funding is requested.
All applications must be endorsed by the appropriate building principals (i.e., by the principals of all schools that will be directly affected by the project) and, in the case of public schools, by the appropriate district superintendents (i.e., by the superintendents of all districts that will be directly affected by the project). One superintendent must also accept fiscal responsibility for any grant resulting from the application.
Ordinarily, applicants for an Educator Initiative Grant should not request funding for teacher stipends, refreshments, furnishings, incentives, rewards, t-shirts, or standard school supplies.
Funding for equipment will be considered only if the equipment is instrumental in achieving the goals of the project as outlined in the application. No more than 50 percent of the funds requested may be designated for the purchase of computer hardware, scientific instruments, or other equipment.
Funding for conferences and other professional-development opportunities will only be considered as part of a more comprehensive project with clearly articulated objectives, expected outcomes and assessment plans.
No more than 10 percent of the funds requested may be used to subsidize the hiring of substitutes.
GAR Foundation’s distribution committee will consider applications for Educator Initiative Grants once a year at its May meeting.
Please visit our EIG section to review this year's application deadline.