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As with most schools across the nation, budgets don’t always cover the cost of hands-on activities that help students apply their knowledge – going beyond memorization so they remember what they’ve learned for more than a week. Engaging students in active learning lets them to observe, question, get stuck, make discoveries and most of all, achieve!

With generous sponsor support, nearly 2,400 grants totaling more than $1.7 Million have been awarded since 1989, with Florida’s School District Education Foundation Matching Grant program matching donations dollar-for-dollar. Grant awards to classrooms, grade-level and school-wide projects provide resource materials and equipment for learning activities the students will remember for a lifetime.

For SCPS Educators

Grant applications open at the beginning of each school year. To receive funding early in the school year, teachers should submit requests in August and September. This allows time to order and receive materials and supplies, implement the projects and measure the outcomes prior to deadlines.

Grant awards are $500 for classroom projects and up to $1,500 for grade-level or school-wide projects.  Some exceptions apply.

All projects must have measurable outcomes and align with the Florida Standards. Applicants are required to review the guidelines for projects and the mandatory reporting requirements and return an acknowledgement form indicating compliance prior to receiving funds if awarded.

2017-18 Grant Application 

Grants for Great Ideas Toolkit
Remember: Participation in a mandatory training session (conference call) is required.  See details in toolkit.

The 2017-18 grant cycle offers funding for STEM subjects, Literacy and the Arts.  At this time, we do not anticipate having funding available for Social Sciences or Physical Education.  2017 – 2018 application deadlines:

Cycle I:  Friday, September 1, 2017 (midnight)
Cycle II:  Friday, October 6, 2017 (midnight)
Cycle III: Friday, December 1, 2017 (midnight)

Mandatory Reporting

All grant recipients must submit two documents before the end of the year related to their project.

Expenditure Report Form:  Copies of detailed invoices and receipts must be attached to the form. Any unused funds must be returned to The Foundation prior to January 31, 2018. Reminder: Tax on purchases cannot be paid for with funds received from The Foundation and will not be reimbursed. This will become the responsibility of the school or teacher.

Project Evaluation Report Form:  Complete and return a detailed evaluation of the project by Monday, May 14, 2018. The evaluation must include answers to the measurable outcomes listed above.

Example of Previously Funded Projects

Literacy:  13-006 Mohamed, Altamonte Elem

STEM Middle/High:  13-022 Kallin, Milwee Middle

Arts:  13-102Smith, Heathrow Elem

For more information, please contact 407-320-0196 or susan_zettler@scps.k12.fl.us.