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Wells Fargo Teacher Innovation Grants

Applications are now closed.

The deadline for applications was March 28. Grants will be awarded in mid April.

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and Wells Fargo awards Teacher Innovation Grants each year. The two types of grants available are Classroom Grants and Field Trip Grants.

Teacher Innovation Grants empower teachers with opportunities to inspire their students to succeed in school. Each year, teachers with grants are able to create memorable, interactive and enhanced learning experiences -- experiences that would not exist without the additional funding. The Innovation Grants provide teachers with opportunities to better connect with their students in new and innovative ways, enabling higher levels of learning in the classroom and on field trips. Since 2007, Teacher Innovation Grants (TIG) have empowered over 1,000 teachers with more than $500,000 in grant money.


Grants are available for teachers who work in Santa Clara County public school districts or charter schools that have a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). If your district is not listed below, contact your Superintendent about this opportunity and request that a MOU be signed with SVEF.

Grant Purpose and Usage

Teacher Innovation Grants are intended to inspire student learning, by supplementing rather than replacing regular district funding. SVEF will support the purchase of equipment and materials which go beyond school budgets, but funding is not intended for the purchase of ordinary school supplies such as paper, pencils and pens which are part of the regular school budget. Additionally, SVEF grants will not be awarded to pay teacher stipends or other remuneration.

Grant applications with a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) component will be given special consideration, with approximately 75% of all grants to be awarded for STEM education. Special emphasis is also placed on grant applications serving middle school grades 6-8 regardless of type of school. Field trip grants must be directly related to the curriculum and classroom activities. These would include science camps and college tours, but not trips such eighth grade trips to Washington D.C. and Disneyland. Teacher Innovation Grants are not intended to become a regular funding stream for ongoing projects.

Grant Amounts

Grant amounts have been increased for 2013-14! Individual Teacher grants for either classroom projects or field trips are limited to $1000. Collaborative Grants (2 or more teachers) have a $1500 limit.

How to Apply

The application is completed online. Teachers are asked to provide some general information about themselves, their school and the classes they teach. Classroom Grants and Field Trip Grants both require:
- A descriptive project title
- Specific project/trip details
- An implementation timeline
- Budget information

Additional Information Required

If the costs of the project exceed $1000 ($1500 for a Collaborative Grant), the applicant(s) should explain the source of the funds beyond the amount of the Teacher Innovation Grant.

Classroom Grant requests for equipment (projectors, document cameras, etc.) should include descriptions of how the equipment will be used to transform student learning. Elementary and multiple subject teachers should describe how the equipment will be used in several disciplines (Math, Science, English Language Arts, etc.).

Eligible School and Districts

  1. Alum Rock Union School District
  2. Berryessa Union School District
  3. Cambrian School District
  4. Campbell Union School District
  5. Campbell Union High School District
  6. Cupertino Union School District
  7. Downtown College Preparatory Charter Schools
  8. East Side Union High School District
  9. Evergreen School District
  10. Franklin-McKinley School District
  11. Gilroy Unified School District
  12. Loma Prieta Joint School District
  13. Luther Burbank School District
  14. Los Altos School District
  15. Los Gatos Union School District
  16. Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District
  17. Metropolitan Education District
  18. Milpitas Unified School District
  19. Moreland School District
  20. Morgan Hill Unified School District
  21. Mount Pleasant School District
  22. Mountain View-Los Altos Unified High School District
  23. Mountain View-Whisman School District
  24. Oak Grove Elementary School District
  25. Orchard Elementary School District
  26. Rocketship Charter Schools
  27. San Jose Unified School District
  28. Santa Clara County Office of Education
  29. Santa Clara Unified School District
  30. Sunnyvale School District
  31. Union School District