The Education Foundation’s Impact Teaching Grants program awards funds to teachers and staff who find better ways to teach, new subjects to explore and interesting experiments to try. The goal of the program is to provide the critical funds that will turn the best of these ideas into action. The program is open to any Hood River County School District teacher, staff, district employee or student.
The Education Foundation has been raising funds for this program from the community for many years. However, with teaching needs increasing, we have recently undertaken a more concerted effort to raise funds specifically for the Impact Teaching Grants program. Revenue from fundraising events is combined with individual annual or long-term targeted donations.
HRCEF is now accepting applications for Impact Teaching Grants! Click the button below to get started. ITG applications are due January 9, 2023.
If you received a grant in 2022 and need to fill out the ITG report form, click the link below. Impact Teaching Grant Reports are due December 1.
What kinds of projects are we looking for?
HRCEF wants to support impactful projects that enrich student learning through direct academic benefit, staff development or non-academic learning opportunities. Ideally, we are looking for innovative ideas that exhibit a creative or new approach, program, area of study or means of instruction, but we are open to awarding grants for items or ideas that significantly enhance student learning without being particularly innovative.
Grants will be considered based on cost-effectiveness, as well. We seek projects that impact a large number of students (either at one time or over a number of years) OR that involve a unique depth for a smaller number of students. Preference will be given to grants where two or more educators work together on a project, broadening the scope of impact and cost-effectiveness of grant monies. Educators are encouraged to pursue additional outside sources of funding either before or in addition to this grant, thus leveraging HRCEF’s funding as fully as possible.
Size of Grant
Awards will not exceed $2,000 per named applicant. If multiple applicants join together on one application for a single grant, the total requested amount may exceed $2,000 but shall not exceed $2,000 per individual named on the application. Since our distributable funds are limited, the amount requested must factor into our decision making, as we hope to assist as many educators as possible every year.
The following projects / requests are not eligible for funding under the Impact Teaching Grants Program:
- Projects covered by the HRCSD and/or school budget
- Funds for fee-based programs, including preschools, after-school care, and any other programs requiring a fee for attendance or participation
- Facilities improvements and/or upgrades, including both buildings and grounds
- Funds to cover salaries or wages
- Field trips – See the Impact Field Trip Grant Program for field trip funding.
- Travel expenses, food, or lodging for professional development requests.