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 partners and parent support through the Parents Appreciating Teachers and Staff program.
2021 Grant Awards
Since 1996, IPSF has awarded over $2 million to IUSD staff, benefitting thousands of students since the program’s inception! Projects are funded up to $20,000 to support innovation across the district.
In celebration of our 25th anniversary, Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is proud to increase our commitment to innovation by awarding IUSD educators $250,000 for this year’s Innovative Grants Program. Our goal is to fund projects at 25 IUSD schools and/or departments up to $10,000 each. We strongly encourage staff to consider collaborating on single, multiple, or school-wide/district-wide projects.
This year’s funding priorities include the following:
- Mental Health & Wellness
- Promoting Positive School Culture
- Science & Engineering
- Service Learning
This year’s application has been revised to simplify the process of applying. Applications will be comprised of two parts – Part I & Part II. In Part I, applicants will complete a brief form stating the initial details of their project idea(s). In Part II, in place of a written narrative, applicants will be asked to create a video between 3 – 8 minutes long about their project, in addition to submitting a detailed budget. Both parts need to be completed in order to be considered for funding.Application Part I
Friday, October 29, 2021 – Application Part I due
Monday, November 8, 2021 – Application Part II details released
Friday, January 14, 2022 – Application Part II due
Early February 2022 – Applicants notified of results
For questions, please contact Connie Cheung at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply for funding?
Any IUSD staff are welcome and encouraged to apply for funding.
How many grants can my school and/or department receive?
Each school and/or department may receive one grant up to $10,000. Because of this, we encourage staff to consider collaborating and applying together for a single or multiple projects under one application.
What is the application process?
Applicants must complete both Part I and Part II of the application process in order to be considered for funding. In Part I, applicants must complete a brief form stating their intent to apply by submitting their project idea by Friday, October 29. Once submitted, applicants will be notified to proceed to Part II of the application process. Part II is comprised of a 3-8-minute video submission of their project, as well as a detailed budget proposal. Submissions for Part II must be received by Friday, January 14.
What if my project is less than or exceeds $10,000?
For projects under $10,000, we recommend applicants to collaborate with other staff to take advantage of the full funding amount. For projects over $10,000, we encourage applicants to apply and consider how they will secure the rest of their funding to complete their project.
What are you looking for when selecting grants to fund?
We are looking for innovative projects that impact students, staff, and/or your school community in a big way. When submitting your application, we encourage you to consider what makes your project unique and ensure that is conveyed in your video.
Can funds be used toward staff time?
Funds may be used for staff training to implement their projects.
I am not skilled in creating videos. Will this put me at a disadvantage?
Not at all! We welcome videos at all production levels, including ones that are filmed on a phone.
I have another question that is not listed. Who can I contact?
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