Spring 2021

Innovative Teaching Grants
Download the Spring 2021 Grant Application Packet

2021 Timeline


Feb 15

Grant Workshop

Grant writing training for all interested in applying

March 1 Call for Grant
June 3 Grants Due
June 14 – July 2 Grant applications submitted to Grant Selection Committee
July 5 Grant scoring due from Grant Selection Committe
July 12 Grant Selection Committee Meeting to Finalize Grant Recipient Recommendation

Education Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

Finalize Grant Recipient Recommendation


School Board Meeting

Finalize Receipt of Grant Funds for Grant Recommendation

Award of Grants



Innovative Teaching Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches to the accomplishment of program objectives. The Refugio ISD Education Foundation (REF) is offering teachers and administrators the opportunity to apply for grants to support innovative programs or projects to support higher levels of student learning. The grants must enhance student academic performance and support the objectives, goals, and initiatives of the Refugio ISD).


Persons Eligible to Apply for Grants

Individuals or teams of individuals employed by Refugio School District who are involved in the instruction of students or related support services benefiting students.

Submit Applications to



Grant Applications should be submitted to the REF electronically.

Email application as an attachment to shendley65@gmail.com

A hardcopy with original signatures on the cover sheet must be submitted to your campus office.

Selection Process

  1. Application forms may be obtained online through the web page.
  2. Teacher initiated applications must be reviewed and signed by the principal to ensure congruence with campus programs and goals.
  3. Signed applications are due to your campus office, no later than the date selected by the REF Board of Directors.
  4. Applications will be reviewed and commented on by the Grant Application Review Committee made up of at least six REF Program committee members
  5. If recommended for approval, the application is presented to the Board of Directors of REF in summary form for review and formal approval.
  6. If approved by the REF Board of Directors, the application is collectively presented to the REFUGIO SCHOOL DISTRICT School Board for formal acceptance of the grant funds.
  7. Applicants will be notified of decisions by the date specified by the committee.

    When applying for a grant, please remember the following: 

    • Do not use the name of your campus in the application.
    • Grants are to be used to fund projects that cannot be provided for in the school and district budgets.
    • Objectives and outcomes should be consistent with the goals of your school and the district.
    • Grants can be used to fund teacher training with an expectation of implementation of the content of the training.
    • When creating your budget, research carefully and be realistic.  Small grants are just as likely to be awarded as large grants.  Partial funding will be considered.  Funds will not be awarded for budgeted items available from district resources.
    • Projects awarded must be fully implemented by the end of the following school year.
    • Grant Applications should be submitted to the REF electronically. Email application as an attachment to shendley65@gmail.com
    • A hardcopy with original signatures on the cover sheet must be submitted to your campus office.

    Eligible Proposals

    Instructional approaches or projects designed to begin during the upcoming school year and which meet the selection criteria. Grants may fund instructional and classroom materials, parent involvement programs, or any activity or material which supports higher levels of student academic achievement.

    Award of Funds

    Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to individual teacher-initiated programs or projects.  Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to campus teams, departments and district-initiated programs or projects.  Grants of more than $5,000 would only be approved by the Education Foundation as a special project.  The number of awards will depend on funds available from Refugio School District Education Foundation.

    Selection Criteria:

    • The degree to which the grant supports the District goals and is specifically designed to address an area of need substantiated by data.
    • The degree to which student academic performance is emphasized.
    • The degree to which sound evaluation procedures are incorporated in the proposal.
    • The degree to which the proposal represents a creative or innovative approach to the accomplishment of objectives. Funds are not typically available for recurring programs/projects.  (The proposal should address a new project as opposed to one accomplished or under way.)
    • The degree to which the proposal is clear and logical, including (a) specificity of objectives; (b) clarity of description of instructional procedures, methods or treatments; and (c) correspondence among evaluative procedures, objectives and treatments.

    Responsibilities of Grant Recipients

    • Use the awards for the purposes intended.
    • Funds must be expended by the end of the following school year.
    • Projects awarded must be fully implemented by the end of the following semester.
    • Project evaluation must be submitted within 30 days of project completion.
    • Agree to share successful procedures in staff development sessions.

    Tips for a Successful Application


    Statement of Need

    • Describe the area of student achievement you wish to address and give any data that supports the need. Please include how this grant addresses district and campus goals.
    • Keep the statement simple and straightforward.

    Description of Proposed Project/Activity

    • Describe the problem or issue addressed.
    • Show how the project supports the purpose.
    • List steps to be followed in project implementation.
    • Relate project to need and objectives.
    • Be specific.


    • Limit the number of objectives.
    • Imply or state evaluation in the statement of objectives.
    • Be specific.


    • Relate to stated objectives.
    • Indicate how you will know whether the project was successful.


    • Are there others who will participate in this project? (PTA, Rotary, Lion’s Club)
    • What will their roles be?