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Teacher Innovation Grants

Grants to Santa Clara County, California
Educators for Creative Teaching Techniques

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Silicon Valley Education Foundation & Wells Fargo

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Grants of up to $1,000 to individual pre-K through 12 teachers, and up to $1,500 to collaborative teams of two or more teachers who are working in a school district or charter school in Santa Clara County, California. The purpose of these grants is to encourage teachers to develop new and innovative teaching techniques to improve the academic performance of their students.

Grants are awarded for classroom projects that have clear objectives, a strong evaluation component, and heavy student hands-on involvement. Grants will allow teachers the opportunity to improve the conditions of teaching and learning in their classrooms.

Applications with a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) component will be given special consideration. Special emphasis is also placed on grant applications serving middle school grades 6-8 regardless of type of school.

Please Note: 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 as eighth grade trips to Washington D.C. and Disneyland. Teacher Innovation Grants are not intended to become regular funding stream for ongoing projects.

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GrantWatch ID#: 141341

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $1,000 are available to individual teachers, or $1,500 for collabrative teams of 2 or more teachers.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to pre-K-12 teachers who work in a school district or charter school in Santa Clara County that has a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SVEF. If your district is not shown on the MOU list, contact your Superintendent about this opportunity and request that an MOU with SVEF be signed.

Pre-Application Information:

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

Additional Information Required:
If the costs of the project exceeds $1,000 ($1,500 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.).

When ready to apply, first time applicants must complete an online application form at one of the links below:

Field Trip Grants:

Classroom Grants:

The Teacher Innovation Grant Application Forms are also available in MS Word format. It is highly recommended that applicants fill the form out prior to transferring the information to the Online Application Form. It is also recommended that applicants save a copy of the MS Word version of their application. Download the application forms for the Teacher Innovation Classroom Grants in the attached files section below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about applying for a Teacher Innovation Grant, contact Bob Nichols, Education Manager, at or 408-790-9450.

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