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.
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 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.
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
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.).