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Innovation Grant Application


2016 Call for Innovation Grant Proposals

The Grants Commission of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund (SSEF) is excited to announce its Innovation Grants program for 2016-17. Innovation Grants will be vetted by the Grants Commission and awarded by the Education Fund Board in a competitive process based on available funds.

This year the application deadline is January 16th, 2017 with final award decisions made at the education fund board meeting on May 3rd 2017 with the intention that funds will be deployed in the following school year (’17-’18).  Please see the detailed timeline below for important dates to remember.

 Innovation Grants are open to any individual, teacher, or group. However, for a recipient to be outside one of the three school districts, there must be a sponsoring school district member supporting the idea. The Grants Commission will require an accountability report due by the end of October following the Innovation Grant project year describing successes, failures and what was learned through the experience.  We encourage judicious risk taking with these grants!

Innovation Grants fund programs and initiatives designed to encourage critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and exposure to progressive learning tools and skills within the broad boundaries of current curriculum.

Innovation in education can take many forms. Categorical examples include programs that pursue the following objectives:

  • Associating seemingly unrelated fields, problems and ideas into one project.
  • Accepting and exploring the unknown where questions outnumber the answers including new technologies.
  • Observing new methods, processes and products to learn from those on the cutting edge.
  • Experimenting to challenge accepted convictions and test hypotheses.
  • Networking and Connecting with others outside of our community and country to gain perspective and respect for different views.

Innovation Grant Applications are due on January 16, 2017.

  • January 16th, 2017 Submit Innovation Grant application electronically
  • January 30th, 2017 Questions to grant writers about the grants posted online by Grants Commission and EFB members
  • February 15th, 2017 Grants Commission meeting, Grant writers invited to present any new or clarifying information regarding their grants (not obligatory)
  • February 15th, 2017 Grant writers respond to questions online
  • February 17th, 2017 Responses to commission and board member questions due
  • May 3rd, 2017  Grants awarded

Please complete the application below. Only applications using this online form will be considered.

Download Innovation Grant Questions (PDF)


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