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Professional Learning Grant

Grants to Washington Teams of K-12 School Teachers to
Develop their Own Professional Development Programs

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Ellison Education

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Grants to Washington teams of K-12 public school teachers for self-designed professional education programs. Applications will be accepted from teams of teachers working either in the same grade level or subject matter. Funding is intended to support learning plans that aim to improve teachers' instructional practice.

Professional Learning Grants are awarded to teams of teachers that propose a collaborative professional learning plan designed to help them learn and integrate instructional strategies that are highly effective. These instructional strategies are rooted in best practice(s), and are directly related to the unique needs of their student population.

Books, materials, art supplies, stipends, technology, etc., are all within the scope of allowable budget items. Travel expenses are often not funded but can be considered depending on the scope and purpose of the project. Stipends will be considered but should not be the bulk of the budget. Fees for substitutes are considered as well.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182496

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range between $1,000 and $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants awarded in the Spring of 2020 are to be used during the 2020 - 2021 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Ellison Foundation considers applications for financial support from educators who:
- Are employed by a K-12 public school in Washington State.
- Are currently certified to teach in Washington State.
- Have the background and experience to complete the project successfully.
- Have the support of your school administration.
- Are working in collaboration with your grade level or subject team.
- Are willing to work in collaboration with the Ellison Foundation and share your ideas with others.

Pre-Application Information:


- December 2nd, 2019 to March 21st, 2020: Applications are accepted between December 2nd, 2019 and March 7th, 2020; applications are not accepted before or after these dates.

- March 27th: You will be notified if your application is selected as a finalist. If you are a finalist, you will be emailed an Administrators/Principals recommendation form to be filled out by your principal and returned prior to our visit.

- April: If your proposal is chosen as a finalist, the Ellison Foundation will conduct a site visit interview with the applicant(s) at their school. We will also request a brief meeting with the applicant’s principal or administrator.

- May 29th: All finalists will be notified if they’ve been selected as a grant recipient by May 29th, 2019.

- August 25th: A check will be mailed to the awardee's school no later than August 25th, 2020. It will be addressed to the attention of the teacher serving as the project’s lead. It is the lead's responsibility to ensure funds are deposited in the appropriate bank account. If funds are needed before August 25th arrangements can be made to do so.

Preference is given to projects that begin in September (or just prior). Please be specific on the "timeline" you'll be using for your project.

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

Applications should be sent to:
Bob Hurlbut
Ellison Foundation
400 112th Ave NE, Suite 230
Bellevue, WA 98004
Fax: 1-425-999-4842

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