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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.  


2013-2014 Grant Award Winners

More than 350 teachers, donors, volunteers and school district leaders celebrated the 24th Annual Classroom Grant Awards at Michael’s on East on December 4th, 2013. Susan Scott and Cheryl Gordon of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County announced a new round of grants totaling $169,670 for 193 projects developed by teachers from 41 public schools in the district.

51 grants totaling $73,513 were presented earlier this fall.  This 2013-2014 school year teachers have received a record $243,183 to date in Education Foundation Edge of Excellence and Exploration Grants Program. 

Read more HERE!  

Click on the links below for:

                Event Photos

                2013-2014 Grant Winners


1-Irine Tsinober, Sandra Wise, Denise Davis-Cotton

Bev Koski, Tom Koski, Laura Breeze

  Recipients of Edge of Excellence grants sponsored by Bank of America



Dr. Malinsky and Grant recipient Retsy Lauer