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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

     Classroom Grants 2014-2015

    Grant Name

    Submission Cycle   



    Grant Report 

    Edge of Excellence
    Classroom Grant 

    June 15th, 2014 – Sept. 19th, 2014

    Apply Now 

    Dec. 3, 2014

    May 29, 2015

    Education Foundation Exploration Grant

    Schools, departments, classrooms or teachers will be invited to apply based on donors’ intent

    To Be Announced



    Community Foundation Exploration Grant

    Contact Patricia Martin,  Community Foundation of Sarasota County    




    Education Foundation Business Partner Grants

    Schools, departments, classrooms or teachers will be invited to apply based on donors’ intent

    To Be Announced





     Edge of Excellence Classroom Grants 

    The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is pleased to announce that applications for Edge of Excellence Classroom Grants will be accepted June 15, 2014 through September 19, 2014.  

    Edge of Excellence 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 gols?
    • 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 19th, 2014.

    3. Complete the online application and for each grant application submitted, you must complete a School Board required GAF (Grant Approval Form) by visiting this site: . Please use your A# and the last 4 digits of your social security number to access the GAF portal.



     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.



    Exploration grants make the community’s cultural and natural treasures accessible to students, especially those who might not otherwise have these opportunities. They are based on experiences currently posted on

    This year the process for applying for Education Foundation Exploration Grants is changed. Schools, departments, and classrooms will be invited to apply for selected Explorations based on donors’ interests. As these grants become available, the Foundation will seek proposals from teachers whose classrooms are a good fit with a donor’s intent.



    The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has a rolling application process for teachers to apply for Exploration funding throughout the year.  Please see and click "ways to fund" for more information.  


    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

    0 CG 20 CG 1
    0 CG 30 CG 4