2021-2022 Innovative Grant Program
10/13/2021
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The Innovative Teaching Grant program is designed to recognize and reward innovative and creative instructional techniques. The Innovative Non-Instructional Grant program is designed to recognize and reward innovative and creative ideas from BHISD non-instructional staff that will indirectly have a positive impact on BHISD students and/or staff. Grants that demonstrate creative and effective implementation and inspire students to learn will be graded higher.

The Innovative Teacher Grant program is designed to recognize and reward innovative and creative instructional techniques directly impacting BHISD students. The Innovative Non-Instructional Grant program is designed to recognize and reward innovative and creative ideas from BHISD non-instructional staff that will indirectly have a positive impact on BHISD students and/or staff.

Grants are offered in five categories. 

1. Individual Teacher Grant designed for innovative and progressive projects that will be implemented to serve a classroom.  Maximum funding amount of $5,000.  Campus principal approval required.

2. Instructional Team Grant designed for projects benefiting a significant cross-section of students, such as a grade level or an integrated team.  Maximum funding amount of $10,000.  Campus principal approval required.

3. Instructional Campus Grant designed for projects benefiting the entire grade level, curriculum area or campus.  Maximum funding about of $20,000.  Campus principal approval required. 

4. Non Instructional Grant with funding up to $7,500.

5. Grant Renewal Requests are previously awarded grants and eligible for a renewal up to a maximum of three years.

Applicants must indicate on the grant application if they are requesting a renewal and how many years have previously been funded.  Grant renewals are judge with all other grant applications, renewal funding is not guaranteed and applications require approval from campus principal.

GUIDELINES

  • Grants should not request funding for:
    • Field trips
    • Substitute pay or other stipends
    • Teacher travel
    • Teacher in-service (professional development), except to support approved campus grants, if applicable
    • Items already provided by campus budget
  • Grants should represent a creative and progressive/innovative teaching approach or tool that is not currently implemented at the applicant’s campus or funded by other means.
  • Grants that demonstrate creative and effective implementation and inspire students to learn will be scored higher.
  • Grants must be completed within a twelve month time period.

PROCESS

  • Applications must be completed in Reviewr.  Questions may be directed to Amber Young, Education Foundation Coordinator, ext. 1241 or amber.young@bhisd.net.
  • If applying for Technology items, contact the Technology Department prior to submission to determine appropriate vendors. 
  • Submit the grant application by October 13, 2021.
  • Applications will be reviewed and approved for submission by principal.  By approving the application, the principal agrees to cover any expenses above the awarded grant amount from his/her campus budget.
  • Applications that include Technology items will be routed to the Technology Director for review.
  • Applicant will be notified by email as their application advances through the application process.
  • All applications will then be reviewed by the Grant Selection Committee.
  • Applications will be presented to the Foundation Board of Directors in summary form for review and approval. 
  • Applicants will be informed of the decision in December 2021.

AFTER GRANTS ARE AWARDED

  • The principal’s office will prepare the non-Technology purchase orders to order materials related to the project.
  • All Technology related items will be ordered by the Technology Department.  If there are any changes or revisions to your grant submission, please contact the Technology Department immediately.
  • Grant numbers and titles must be noted on all purchase orders.
  • Funds must be used by February 28, 2022.
  • To be eligible for future grants, grant recipients must have implemented their approved grant project and completed a Grant Evaluation form from the previous year.

NOTICE

In the event a recipient of a teacher grant transfers to another campus within the district, the teacher may transfer the grant program to the transfer campus, provided the transfer is to a compatible grade level.  If the transferring teacher is one member of a team grant, the grant will remain at the campus awarded the grant.  Campus grants are non-transferable.  Any item purchased through grant funds becomes the property of Barbers Hill ISD.

WHAT WILL MY APPLICATION INCLUDE?

Project Overview and Statement of Purpose

  • Tell what you hope to achieve
  • Keep the statement simple and straightforward

Implementation

  • Provide project timeline

Responsibilities of Grant Recipients

  • Use funds for the purposes intended
  • Complete an Evaluation Form stating the specific goals that were accomplished, include pictures of the grant in action.

Goals/Objectives

  • List specific goals and objectives
  • State objectives in measurable terms
  • Presentation of Idea
  • Describe the item/project/tool
  • How the project supports the purpose
  • How project relates to educational and campus goals
  • Clearly present the innovative aspects of your ideas

Budget

  • Make your budget realistic
  • It should clearly fit the proposed activities
  • Relate all costs to proposed objectives
  • Provide any support documents to clarify request, such as pictures