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Innovation Fund

Houston ISD Foundation’s Innovation Grant enables teachers and schools to implement innovative learning opportunities in the class room. In 2017-1018, the Foundation funded over $158,000 to 18 campuses ranging from robotics to literacy.

Money raised through Foundation events, such as the annual Golf Tournament and State of the Schools, allows the foundation to continue support and provide Innovation Grants to HISD campuses.

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INDIVIDUAL TEACHER GRANT

TEACHER COLLABORATIVE GRANT

INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS PK-12

MULTI-SCHOOL COLLABORATIVE GRANT

Overview & Timeline

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Past Winners

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Overview

Overview: The Houston ISD Foundation is excited to announce the fourth round of the HISD Foundation Innovation Grants to our district teachers. Grants are awarded to recognize and support excellence in innovation by providing funds to enhance elementary, middle school, high school programs and curriculum. This is a competitive grant program designed to encourage teachers to develop innovative projects that lead to increased student success. The Houston ISD Foundation Innovation Grant seeks to fund projects that will:

INSPIRE

Inspire students, teachers, and parents to think differently about school

ENHANCE

Enhance the student experience and lead to improved academic outcomes

ALIGN WITH FOUNDATION PRIORITIES

Implement projects that fall into the following priority areas:
Innovation, Equity, College & Career Readiness, Whole Child

FIND SOLUTIONS

Find a new solution to combat barriers of success for students

Eligibility

Eligibility: Individual teachers, teams of teachers, individual schools, and teams of schools are eligible to submit a grant application. All grant applications must be endorsed by the Principal (teacher applications) or the Chief School Officer (school applications)All interested applicants must submit a complete application by June 18, 2021.

 Qualified applicants must:

  • Currently teach at an HISD elementary, middle, or high school and plan to remain at the school for the 2021-2022 year to implement the project.
  • Meet all eligibility requirements and application guidelines.
  • Be prepared to initiate and complete all work outlined in the grant application.
  • Submit only one application per teacher/group for this grant cycle.
  • Attend an Innovation Grant Webinar and submit a completed Needs Analysis Form, if applying for grant funding of $10K or more. 

The Innovation Grant will not fund:

  • Repeat submissions of previous grant projects at the same campus
  • Existing projects or initiatives
  • Food
  • Consumables
  • Travel expenses
  • Stipends or substitute teachers
  • Non-academic items

I have learned how to program better and feel truly lucky to have a STEM class. It will definitely raise my chance of joining a robotics club or even later, get me a job in the Science and Technology field – Horn Elementary Student, STEM-ulate the Minds of Tomorrow, Today!

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