Innovative Teacher Mini-Grant Program Fall 2018

The Turning Foundation, in collaboration with The Raymond John Wean Foundation, is announcing a new round of Innovative Teacher Mini-Grants for the 2018-19 school year. Up to $50,000 in grant awards will be available to fund projects in a four county area – Ashtabula, Columbiana, Trumbull and Mahoning counties – with a special focus on Warren and Youngstown City Schools.

There will be two tiers of funding for the 2018 round of grants, with priority given to proposals that include school and/or community-based partnerships. Larger collaborative efforts, including multiple teachers and community stakeholders, can apply for one of three available $5,000 awards. Individual teachers can apply for up to eighteen available $2,000 awards to support efforts to improve outcomes in PK-12 classrooms. Selection priorities in the application process include projects that:

  • Connect creative and innovative practice to student achievement and school improvement
  • Develop partnerships between schools and/or classrooms, and/or between classrooms and business/industry and community partners

The grant aligns with the four established goal areas for the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership:

Kindergarten Readiness

Early Grade Reading Proficiency

Middle Grade Math Proficiency

Postsecondary/Career Readiness

Application process

The grant application process requires teachers to focus on a few specific goal areas, while promoting the opportunity to be creative and innovative.

  • There must be a connection to outcomes that support one of the four major goal areas established by EOEP.
  • There must be a sign-off from a building administrator in support of the effort described in the proposal.
  • The proposal must have an evaluation component measuring specific outcomes that are connected to one of the four major goal areas.
  • Proposals that are able to exhibit partnerships and collaboration either with other educators and/or with community partners will be given additional points in the grant scoring process.

Grant Application

This grant cycle supports activities during the 2018-19 school year. The duration of each winning grant project will be for the remainder of the school year, but the impact must be sustainable and ongoing.

Following is the proposed program timeline:

  • Application available – August 2, 2018
  • Applications due – September 26, 2018 by 4:30 pm
  • Recipients will be notified – October 8, 2018
  • Grant evaluations/program updates due – June 30, 2019

Download the grant application »