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Innovative Grants Program

Since 1996, IPSF has awarded OVER $1 million to teachers and counselors, benefiting over 100,000 students since the program's inception! 


Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is pleased to offer teachers and staff in the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) the opportunity to apply for funds through the Innovative Grants Program including the Innovative Teaching Award Program (ITAP), Innovative Counseling Award Program (ICAP), and the Mega Innovative Award Program (M-ITAP). The purpose of this grant program is to support innovation in schools by awarding funds to enhance curriculum and improve the educational experiences of students.

The Innovative Grants Program is made possible by parent donations to IPSF through the Parents Appreciating Teachers and Staff (PATS) program, and the generous support of our partners: Assistance League of Irvine, Cox Communications, Ellison, EnvisionTEC, and Exchange Club of Irvine.

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Congratulations to the 2017 recipients. To view full list, click here.

Submission Process 
Applicants may apply for funding from three different categories. The Innovative Teaching Award Program (ITAP) supports innovation in the classroom while the Innovative Counseling Award Program (ICAP) provides funding for innovative school-wide counseling initiatives. The Mega Innovative Teaching Award Program (M-ITAP) offers educators a higher amount of funding to implement larger projects.

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary this year, IPSF will be increasing the ITAP funding limit to $5,000 for all schools and offer five (5) M-ITAP awards at a total of $20,000 each. Single or multiple projects from the same school may be funded through a M-ITAP grant, but the total must equal $20,000. Our hope is to provide educators an opportunity to create an even greater impact on their schools and classrooms through innovation.

The funding parameters of the 2017 Innovative Grants Program are provided below. Individual schools may apply for all three grant opportunities in one school year.


  • Funding limits per school: $20,000
  • Focus areas:
    • Arts
    • Health & Counseling
    • Music
    • Science & Engineering
    • Technology


  • Funding limits per school: $5,000
  • Focus area:
    • All educational areas


  • Funding limit per school: $5,000
  • Focus area:
    • Counseling programs

Examples of Previously Funded Grants

Sample #1    Sample #2


Past Recipients

CLICK HERE for full list of grant recipients by school
CLICK HERE for full list of 2016 grant recipients 
CLICK HERE for a list of 2015 grant recipients
CLICK HERE for a list of 2014 grant recipients
CLICK HERE for a list of 2013 grant recipients

Contact Person

Connie Cheung