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As with most schools across the nation, budgets don’t always cover the cost of special projects that actively engage students or provide innovative learning opportunities. Most teachers want to help their students go beyond reading, studying and memorizing and will develop programs that stimulate young minds and enable them to observe, question, get stuck, make discoveries and most of all, achieve!

Since 1989, Seminole County teachers have turned to the Grants for Great Ideas program to support their creative and innovative classroom ideas. With generous support from the program’s sponsors, nearly 2,400 grants totaling more than $1.7 Million have been awarded, with the State of Florida 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.

Through the years, students have explored a variety of exciting subjects such as hydrogen-powered engines, the creation of a large-scale diorama of artist Claude Monet’s garden and used geometry and the study of angles to design a miniature golf course.

“It made such an impression, not only on their scientific thinking skills, but it has also helped teach the importance of compassion and caring.” Pre-K Teacher, Chrysalis Grant Project.

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.

The 2017-18 Grant Application will be available in late July 2017.  Please do not use the form from prior years, as updates to the form are in process.

The 2017-18 grant application cycle will open for projects related to STEM subjects and the arts.  At this time, we do not anticipate having funding available for Literacy, Social Sciences or Physical Education.  The 2017 – 2018 application deadlines are:

Cycle I:  Friday, September 1, 2017 (midnight)

Cycle II:  Friday, October 6, 2017 (midnight)

Cycle III: Friday, December 1, 2017 (midnight)

Follow these steps to submit an application:

Check back for more information later in July.

2017-18 Grant Projects – Mandatory Reporting

All 2017-18 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.  Review the form for more details.

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.