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.
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.
2017 Call for Innovation Grant Proposals
The Grants Commission of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund (SSEF) is excited to announce its Innovation Grants program for 2017-2018. 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 22, 2018, with final award decisions made at the Education Fund Board meeting on May 2, 2018, with the intention that funds will be deployed in the following school year (2018-2019).
Applications are open to any individual, teacher, or group. However, for a recipient to be outside Routt County public schools, there must be a sponsoring school district member supporting the idea. By the end of October following the Innovation Grant project year, an accountability report will be required that describes successes, failures, and what was learned through the experience.
We encourage judicious risk-taking with these grants!
EXAMPLES OF INNOVATION GRANT FAVORITES
Outdoor Classroom Grant – Steamboat Springs High School
This grant was used to design, construct, and utilize an outdoor classroom for the purpose of collaboration and integration of different curricular areas. Building their “Field of Dreams” brought together English and construction, art and drama, and math and science to promote innovation as well as generate creative and collaborative uses for students and the community.
3-D Visualization and Content Grant – Steamboat Springs Middle School
This grant gives middle school students a three-dimensional view of many of the abstract ideas in science and math. Students are more excited, engaged, and curious with this interactive experience.
Student-Designed Mobile Science Lab Grant – Hayden School District
This grant addresses a need for a multidisciplinary approach to experiential education within the English, math, science, and vocational departments. Teachers asked students how skills can cross academic and vocational barriers. The funds requested were used towards problem-solving—first to build the lab and then to house a platform for scientific discovery.
Grant Commission Member and Innovation Grant Facilitator, Jenny Maxwell.
Use the CONTACT US form to email Jenny with any questions or for more information.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 22, 2018 – APPLY