Innovative Grants Program
IPSF promotes and recognizes innovation within IUSD through the Innovative Grants Program. These grants help to fund innovative approaches, which bring deeper meaning to curriculum and improve the educational experiences of students. Grants are funded through a combination of support from corporate and community partners, and parent support through the Parents Appreciating Teachers and Staff program. IPSF has awarded over $2 million to IUSD staff, benefitting thousands of students since the program’s inception.
BIG IDEAS to create BIG IMPACT!
This year, IPSF is looking for your school’s next BIG IDEA that will serve as a catalyst to expand or create new opportunities to propel your students forward in their educational journeys! As we continue to adapt out of the ever-changing environment of last two years, we look forward to partnering with you to help realize your BIG dreams to advance learning opportunities for your school community.
We invite you to collaborate and apply as a school or district department through a video submission process. Grants will start at $5,000, with the option to request multi-year funding to ensure project sustainability. We encourage you and your colleagues to imagine the possibilities and dream big!
The application period for the 2024 Innovative Grants Program is now open. Deadline to submit is Friday, January 19, 2024 by 5:00 p.m.2024 APPLICATION
For questions, please contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of projects will IPSF fund?
IPSF is looking for innovative projects that support student learning and well-being. We encourage you to be creative and collaborative in your approach to impact as broad of a cross-section of students as possible at your school. Our focus will be on projects that tackle challenges in new and different ways. Check out projects from our 2023 grant recipients for some inspiration!
How do I apply?
The 2024 application will be available on our website on Monday, October 23. In the spirit of collaboration, IPSF is requesting one application per school or district department be submitted on behalf of your students and teachers. The application is comprised of a video submission and budget detailing the costs of your project. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19.
What is the minimum and maximum request for funding?
We are seeking grant requests with a minimum project budget of $5,000 allocated over 1-3 years. While there is no cap on maximum grant amount, some projects may only be partially funded. We encourage you to think big!
When will applicants be notified?
All applications will be reviewed and selected by IPSF staff and Board of Trustees, with notifications made by early February 2024.
When will funding be awarded and how can I access my funds?
Once all recipients are notified, IPSF will deliver a check to IUSD to deposit funds into your school or department’s gift account around mid-February.