Educator Initiative Grant 2021-2022
09/26/2021
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  • The Educator Initiative Grants (EIG) are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward creative, INCLUSIVE and INNOVATIVE instructional approaches used to accomplish program objectives, with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students. Innovation is the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs.
  • Individuals or teams of individuals employed by the Cherry Creek Schools who are involved in teaching and supporting students are eligible to apply. Parents or PTCO may assist in the writing of the grant application. However, the educator will be held responsible for implementation and evaluation. Eligible employee groups include both certified and classified positions.
  • Grants are designed to begin and to be completed during the 2021-2022 school year are eligible for submission. Funds cannot carry over to the next school year and unused funds or funds not reconciled will be returned to CCSF.
  • The Cherry Creek Schools Foundation will determine the number and dollar amount of awards. Grant requests up to $1,200.00 will be considered. 
  • The Educator Initiative Grants generally will NOT fund requests for the following items: food, ribbons, awards, t-shirts, salaries or sub-time.
  • Any request for technology will be reviewed for District compatibility with existing district technology.
  • Deadline for submission: Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 11:59PM.  Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.  You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your full, completed application.

Grant Publicity:

CCSF appreciates any recognition you provide in print or electronic materials related to your funded project.  We encourage you to recognize CCSF as a funder in newsletter articles or other materials that are sent to your parents or community to enhance the awareness of CCSF to allow for increased funding of grants in future years.  We ask you to consider including a link to our website, www.ccsdfoundation.org, in any publicity materials.  For assistance in creating publicity materials or stories, or to request a CCSF logo, please contact Yolonda Grosso, ygrosso@cherrycreekschools.org, 720-554-4429.  We kindly request you submit thank you-letters, photos of the program in operation or quotes which we may publish on the CCSF website or in CCSF marketing materials.  Ensure students in photos have signed media/photo releases. 

  • Use the grant for the purposes intended.
  • Agree to share successful procedures in staff development sessions or with other schools.
  • Complete the Educator Initiative Evaluation by June 30, 2022.  (Recipients who do not complete the evaluation will be ineligible to apply for the next cycle of Educator Initiative Grants.)
  • Provide appropriate detail for itemized costs.
  • Detail any additional funding sources.
  • Ensure students in photos supplied to the Foundation have a signed media/photo release.
  • All materials received through an Educator Initiative Grant must stay within the Cherry Creek School District and used for the students. If a recipient leaves CCSD or moves to a non-instructional position, the materials will remain with the school. If a recipient remains in an instructional position but moves positions within the school or within the CCSD, the materials received through the EIG will stay with the recipient.
  • Provide the CCSF with one or more of the following: pictures, video, student testimonial, story to share with stakeholders about your grant.
  • You can review a sample of an approved grant application on the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation website.
  • Applications must be approved by your Principal or Director.
  • All applications must be submitted online.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of the following members:
    • At least three members of the Foundation Board of Directors.
    • At least one representative from the District central office administration.
  • Grant applications will be read by non-educators.  Please avoid educational jargon and acronyms.  It is beneficial to provide background information on programs, curriculum being used and general information to help readers understand your request.
  • For each grant application submitted, the committee shall make one of the following recommendations: (a) funded; (b) funded with conditions and/or modifications; (c) partial funding; (d) not funded.
  • Applicants will be notified of the decisions by the end of October.
  • Selection Criteria:
    • Represents a unique teaching approach to accomplishing program objectives.
    • Is aligned with district program objectives (Instructional Excellence, Workforce Excellence and Operational Excellence) and clearly defines why it is needed in the school. 
    • Contains a clear description of instruction that will happen.
    • Reflects one or more of the following values; Whole Well Being of students, Relationship building, Equity, Engagement and a Growth Mindset
    • Incorporates sound evaluation procedures.
    • The proposal could be scalable and sustainable.  Can serve as a pilot program for other schools.
    • Projects are intended to provide a space for learning and growth for all, and does not harm, discriminate, or exclude any individuals or groups from participating.