Funding available for schools and teachers from High Impact grant


“Letter of Idea” Proposals are now being accepted by The Education Foundation of Indian River County for the 2020-2021 school year High Impact grants. School principals and teachers are encouraged to submit a “Letter of Idea” by the August 28th deadline outlining projects and what they would accomplish if funded. Last year 19 proposals were submitted with funding requested of $127,000. In the competitive process, six schools received grants in the total amount of $44,000. Details on last year’s projects are on the Education Foundation website

This year’s proposals must address one of the following 4 areas with a focus on increasing student achievement: School Cultural Climate (social/emotional supports), Science (K-12), Math (K – 12), and Reading (K-12). The request can either support a new project or expand a proven model. Projects must include measurable outcomes and plans for sustainability. Grants requests of up to $10,000 will be considered.

A “Letter of Idea” requires the following information on no more than two pages using 11-point font.

* Name of Project * Additional Information about the Project *How this project aligns with the School District Strategic Plan and/or School Improvement Plan * Amount Requested * Total Project Cost * Targeted Population

* Number of children to be served and grade level(s) *Succinct Summary – The Issue, the change, and the action:

-The Issue: What challenge or opportunity will this grant help your school address? -The Change: What change do you intend to see as a result of this grant? -The Action: What strategic activities will be included in this grant (what are the steps)? *Grant Oversight: Who will be responsible for the project? Who provides the oversight? Who will insure that the project is sustainable? *Monitoring Progress and Results: How will progress and results will be monitored and reported? *Volunteers: Does this proposal provide an opportunity for community volunteers to support your school? If so, how many volunteers, how often, and what days/times? *Itemized Budget: Provide a line by line, itemized budget of all items needed for the project, including cost.

Selected projects will present to a panel of Education Foundation board members, local funders, and a SDIRC representative the week of September 14th. The panel will announce funded projects the week of September 21st with funds distributed by October 16th, 2020.

Funding for these grants is made possible by a $1:$1 matching grant program through the Florida Legislature. Local funders for this year’s matching grants are: Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program; Head, Heart and Hands of Indian River Golf Club; John’s Island Community Service League; and Quail Valley Charities.

For more information, please contact the Education Foundation office: Douglas Herron, Executive Director,, (772) 564-0034.

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