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.
- 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.
- Applications must be completed in Reviewr. Questions may be directed to Amber Young, Education Foundation Coordinator, ext. 1241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
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
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.
- 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
- 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