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Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program (TCFP)

Grants to Indiana Educators for Innovative Projects
that Inspire and Improve Classroom Learning

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Lilly Endowment

Deadline Date:

09/01/17 Postmarked


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Grants of $12,000 to Indiana teachers, guidance counselors, library and media specialists, principals, and assistant principals in public, private, and parochial schools for projects that will result in renewed and increased enthusiasm, energy, and creativity in the classroom.

Renewal times are not vacations, but rather, opportunities for intentional exploration and reflection that will result in renewed excitement and dedication in their role as educators. It is important that applicants seek to expand their realm of knowledge and experiences through projects that are of a different scale and character than they might otherwise pursue.

Proposals will be judged on substance, clarity, and feasibility as well as the potential to cultivate meaningful renewal. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate substantial thought and evidence of sufficient research to develop a realistic timeline and budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172784

Number of Grants:

Maximum of 100 grants

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Term of Contract:

Applicants may propose a timeline that, either during the summer or over the course of a full year, will permit them to complete their renewal activities by May 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Licensed teachers, library/media specialists, guidance counselors, principals and assistant principals in Indiana’s public, private and parochial schools are eligible to apply for a 2018 Teacher Creativity Fellowship (TCF). Applicants must have held one of these positions since at least Fall 2015, be currently employed full time, and be Indiana-certified in grades K-12.

Past TCF recipients who continue to meet these requirements and received their first grant in 2010 or earlier also may apply. An individual may receive up to two TCF grants during his or her lifetime.

Teachers, guidance counselors and library/media specialists must submit a statement affirming their present intention to teach in Indiana through school year 2018-2019.

Principals and assistant principals must submit a statement affirming their present intention to remain in their roles in Indiana through school year 2019-2020 and a statement affirming their district’s or governing board’s approval of their participation in the project.

Please note, proposals simply to develop new course outlines or lesson units are not encouraged.

Pre-Application Information:

Application packets must be postmarked by September 1, 2017. Recipients will be notified in January 2018.

Please note, in addition to individual proposals, the Endowment accepts collaborative proposals from teams of eligible individuals. If a collaborative proposal is funded, each participant is eligible to receive a $12,000 grant.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the information in Supporting Documents below before applying.

Contact Information:

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

Mail one copy of your proposal to:

Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program
Lilly Endowment Inc.
P.O. Box 88068
Indianapolis, IN 46208-0068

If you have specific questions about the program or application procedure, you may contact Lilly Endowment via e-mail at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana