Innovative Teacher Mini-Grant Program Fall 2019

The Turning Foundation, in collaboration with The Raymond John Wean Foundation, is announcing a new round of Innovative Teacher Mini-Grants for the 2019-20 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 2019 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 $5,000 awards. Individual teachers can apply for $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

Application process

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

  • 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 goal(s) you have chosen.
  • 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.
  • Download these grant abstracts for examples of successful projects from past years.

Suggestions for developing goals


Tie the grant to goals and strategies from your district or building’s improvement plan, CCIP or strategic plan.


Tie your grant goal to the Ohio Department Of Education’s five-year strategic plan, “Each Child, Our Future.”

Grant Application

This grant cycle supports activities during the 2019-20 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 13, 2019
  • Applications due – September 27, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.
  • Recipients will be notified – October 11, 2019
  • Grant evaluations/program updates due – June 30, 2020

Download the grant application »