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Classroom Grant Applications and Resources

 Lets Go Construct a Story

Photo Courtesy of Catherine Walton's 2012-2013 "Let's go Construct a Story"
project sponsored by Bank of America Client Foundation Howard C. Etson Memorial
Fund and Virginia white Clark Fund.

    Grant Applications

    Education Foundation Classroom Grant Applications

    for 2015-2016 School Year  
    Grant Application Type Application Cycle Award date Reports due


    Classroom grants

    June 1-Sept 11, 2015 Mid November Dec. 15, 2015- May 29, 2016


    School Wide Grant

    June 15- Sept 30, 2015 Mid November Dec. 15, 2015-May 29. 2016

    ***2015 Classroom Grant Program Update***

    All school-based employees working directly with students are able to apply for classroom grants from the Education Foundation. This includes teachers, instructors, guidance counselors, physical education coaches, social workers, classroom aides, etc. About the process:

    • Applications available June 1 through September 11, 2015 **EXTENDED DEADLINE** to Sunday, September 13th at midnight!
    • Grant awards up to $1,000
    • You may submit up to three applications for three unique projects
    • Maximum of two grants awarded per teacher
    • Applications will be scored by community volunteers
    • Grantee subject to grant contract guidelines (Please use for reference only. You do not have to submit a signed grant contract yet.)
    • Awards announced mid-November 2015
    • Checks dispersed early-December 2015


    About your project:

    • Will take place in the 2015-2016 school year
    • Directly impacts grades Pre-K to 12th
    • Are stand-alone projects, not part of a larger project
    • Innovative hands-on or project-based learning experiences encouraged
    • Awards for technology, software, or hardware require approval of school-based IT personnel
    • Will have defined goals and outcomes that can be measured or observed
    • Allowable expenses described in budget guidelines


    Submitting your application:

    • Start by getting familiar with the application questions by clicking here
    • Please use Word or your email to write down your response to all the application questions. This will allow you to have a safe place where your information is stored.
    • Go to the application site by clicking here, and copy and paste your already-written down answers into the application.
    • Be sure to “SAVE” after each page so that you do not risk losing your information online. (Remember that you still have your original copy saved on Word or email.)

    If you have technical issues with the site, please email the program director at this email address:


    Classroom Grants  

    The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is pleased to announce that applications for Classroom Grantswill be accepted June 1, 2015through September 11, 2015 for the 2015-16 school year.  

    Classroom Grants provide funding for teachers’ innovative learning projects that positively impact student success in the classroom and are not supported through normal school operating budgets. 

    Teachers, aides, school personnel, and instructors, are eligible to apply for up to $1,000 for projects that impact student achievement, life and career skills development, and innovative teaching:

    Higher Student Achievement

    • Students are prepared for success in high school and to graduate on time 
    • Increase their technical skills, math, science and reading proficiency 
    • Through Innovative programs and technology 

    Life and Career Skills

    • Students are prepared for success in the classroom and to be productive citizens 
    • Develop critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration skills 
    • And are able to connect classroom learning to life and career goals 

    Innovative and Collaborative Teaching

    • Teachers develop creative learning opportunities 
    • Involve collaboration among teachers, parents and community 
    • Have measurable impact on student learning and motivation 
    • And the potential to be developed into larger and more impactful projects

    Questions? Please contact  

    Steps for Submitting your Application/s:

    1. Consider what type of grant/s you’d like to apply for and think about these three important questions that we’ll ask you:

    • Describe the project- how it will benefit your students. Why is it critical to student learning?
    • What creative and/or effective teaching methods will be used to achieve your teaching goals?
    • What are your goals for this project, and how will you know if you acheived them?

    2. Make sure you submit your application/s using the link above before midnight, September 11th, 2015.



     Riverview Presentation

    Business partners such as AT&T and Motorola offer competitive grants to inspire students through projects designed to help them solve real-world problems in science, math, technology and engineering (STEM) areas.  Or to fund projects that provide students with a hands-on experiential learning opportunity outside the classroom that is directly linked to their coursework in science, technology, engineering and/or math.

    As these grant opportunities become available, the Education Foundation conducts a Request for Proposal (RFP) process and submits proposals to the business partners through the Consortium of Education Foundations (CFEF).  It is a very competitive, but worth the effort. Grants range from $2,500-$5,000.

    2014-2015 Grant Award Winners

    More than 350 teachers, donors and volunteers celebrated the 25th annual Classroom Grant Awards on December 3rd, 2014 at Michael’s On East. Susan Scott of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County announced grant awards totaling $185,465 for 227 projects developed by teachers from 41 public schools in the district. Each grant will provide high quality enrichment and experiential learning opportunities for students during the 2014-2015 school year.  Read more HERE!  

    Click on the links below for:

    Event Photos       2014-2015 Grant Winners