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LIGHT (Leveraging Innovation by Growing and Honoring Teachers) Awards

Grants to California Educators to Improve Professional Skills

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Funding Source:

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Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/11/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to California groups of educators in eligible counties for professional development. Funding is intended to increase teacher effectiveness and enhance teacher leadership skills. This program is open to local elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Eligibility is limited to the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.

The LIGHT Awards Program supports teacher participation in experiences that fulfill some or all of the following criteria:

  • Renew educators’ passion for and commitment to teaching.
  • Demonstrate relevance for teachers.
  • Have the potential to have school-wide, district-wide, and/or system-wide impact.
  • Enhance teacher leadership skills.
  • Cultivate a community of practice.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143294

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The LIGHT Awards makes grants of $20,000 or $30,000 over two years.
- Grants are made in payments of $10,000 or $20,000 in the first year, and $10,000 in the second.

Term of Contract:

Grant implementation must start by the beginning of the next school year after which the grant is received. The grant award must be expended during the two-year grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Groups of teachers are invited to apply for LIGHT Awards funds.

- Project team of 3-6 experienced teachers
- Elementary, middle or high school
- Public or charter school
- Private school if 50% students from low-income families

For more information, see https://lightawards.org/eligibility/.

When developing your project and budget please be aware that the LIGHT Awards cannot be used for the below purposes.
- The LIGHT Awards does not fund one-time events, master’s program tuition, board certification costs, nor travel outside of the U.S.
- The LIGHT Awards does not award grants to solely purchase technology equipment and classroom supplies. Funds for equipment and classroom supplies can be requested as a component of a project, but must be justified based on their integration with the proposed project and must not exceed $5,000 for a $20,000 proposal or $8,000 for a $30,000.
- LIGHT Awards funds cannot be used to compensate team members for the time they spend on their projects. It can be used to pay for substitute teachers when team members are participating in project related events and activities.
- LIGHT Awards funds cannot be used to cover team members’ childcare costs.
- The LIGHT Awards does not consider submissions led by staff or administrators. It supports ideas and projects driven by teachers.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Application cycle (LOI) open through 5pm on November 11, 2020

Grants are announced and distributed annually in the late spring to allow for summer planning or attendance at summer training experiences.

After creating your account on the grant application system, you will be asked to complete the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) which includes a grant eligibility checklist. These are typically due in mid to late November.

If your project idea and team meet the criteria and your LOI is selected, you will be notified by email in early December. The next time you log in you will be able to access the whole application. Applications are typically due in mid-January.

Funding decisions are made by the board of the Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation. Applicants are typically notified in April and an announcement of grant recipients is shared publicly by May.

Project Criteria: https://lightawards.org/project-criteria/

Award Process: https://lightawards.org/award

How to Apply: https://lightawards.org/apply/

Project Ideas: https://lightawards.org/ideas/

FAQ: https://lightawards.org/frequently-asked-questions/

Contact Information:

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

Application: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=intrepidphilanthropy

To ask questions, use the contact form at https://lightawards.org/contact/ or email info@lightawards.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties

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