Sponsored by Wells Fargo, the Teacher Innovation Grants (TIG) empower teachers with opportunities to inspire their students to succeed in school. Each year, teachers with grants are able to create memorable, interactive and enhanced learning experiences—experiences that would not exist without the additional funding. Since 2006, SVEF has awarded 1,257 grants to over 1,700 teachers with more than $955,000 in grant money. This year SVEF and Wells Fargo continue to support teachers and their efforts through Teacher Innovation Grants. Grants will be awarded to PreK-12 teachers in Santa Clara County School Districts or charter schools with an SVEF partnership agreement.
Grants are available for teachers who work in Santa Clara County public school districts or charter schools that have a signed memorandum of understanding with SVEF. If your district is not listed below, contact your Superintendent about this opportunity and request that a memorandum be signed with SVEF.
Grant Purpose and Usage
TIG is intended to inspire student learning, by supplementing rather than replacing regular district funding. SVEF will support the purchase of equipment and materials which go beyond school budgets, but funding is not intended for the purchase of ordinary school supplies such as paper, pencils, and pens which are part of the regular school budget. Additionally, SVEF grants will not be awarded to pay teacher stipends or other remuneration.
Grant applications with a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) component will be given special consideration, with approximately 75% of all grants to be awarded for STEM education. Special emphasis is also placed on grant applications serving middle school grades 6-8 regardless of type of school. 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. TIG is not intended to become a regular funding stream for ongoing projects.
Individual Teacher grants for either classroom projects or field trips are limited to $1,000. Collaborative Grants (2 or more teachers) have a $1,500 limit.
How to Apply
The application is completed online. Teachers are asked to provide some general information about themselves, their school and the classes they teach. Classroom Grants and Field Trip Grants both require:
– A descriptive project title
– Specific project/trip details
– An implementation timeline
– Budget information
Additional Information Required
If the costs of the project exceed $1,000 ($1,500 for a Collaborative Grant), the applicant(s) should explain the source of the funds beyond the TIG amount.
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.).
Eligible Schools and Districts
Alum Rock Union School District
Berryessa Union School District
Cambrian School District
Campbell Union School District
Campbell Union High School District
Cupertino Union School District
Downtown College Preparatory Charter Schools
East Side Union High School District
Evergreen School District
Franklin-McKinley School District
Fremont Union High School District
Gilroy Unified School District
Lakeside Joint Union School District
Loma Prieta Joint School District
Luther Burbank School District
Los Altos School District
Los Gatos Union School District
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District
Metropolitan Education District
Milpitas Unified School District
Moreland School District
Morgan Hill Unified School District
Mount Pleasant School District
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District
Mountain View-Whisman School District
Oak Grove Elementary School District
Orchard Elementary School District
Palo Alto Unified School District
Rocketship Charter Schools
San Jose Unified School District
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Santa Clara Unified School District
Saratoga Union School District
Sunnyvale School District
Union School District