Innovation Grants

Now accepting applications

Turn your idea into reality

The San Luis Coastal Education Foundation (SLCEF) is pleased to open the 2019-20 Innovation Grants applications.


Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, August 25, 2019.


Dream big! Be creative! Inspire students! This is your chance to accomplish projects you may have never thought were possible.

San Luis Coastal Education Foundation is looking for “big ideas” that can have a long-term impact on learning, and if proven effective at one school site have the potential to be replicated across other classrooms and campuses. With awards up to $10,000, SLCEF’s Innovation Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative educational activities.  



Any school site personnel are eligible to apply for funding to support instructional approaches or projects designed to begin during the 2019-20 school year and which meet the selection criteria. Grants may fund instructional and classroom materials, equipment, training, parent involvement programs, field trips, or any activity or material which supports higher levels of student academic achievement, innovation, social and emotional well-being, and other activities that align with District and Foundation priorities.

Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to individuals, teams or school sites. The number of awarded grants will depend on funds available from SLCEF. Successful proposals will be publicly announced. The broader community will be invited to vote for their favorite proposal, and the winner of the “People’s Choice” award will receive an additional $5,000 for project support.


SLCEF will not fund proposals to:

  • Support costs associated with fundraisers or fundraising activities.

  • Pay off past debts or existing obligations.

  • Support organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or religious affiliation.

  • Support organizations and programs designed to elect candidates to office.

All grants require site level administrative approval, and the approval of any impacted departments.


 Grant proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality. Is the project clearly defined and described? Is there a clear benefit to student’s educational experience and/or teacher capacity? Is the goal and benefit clearly defined?

  • Replication/Scalability/Sustainability: Could the project be repeated in another setting? Is there potential for growth of this idea? Can the project continue to develop after the grant?

  • Innovation: Are new methods or ideas included in the explanation? Are the project activities engaging and interesting? Are there creative elements to the project? Can the ideas be viewed as transformative?

  • Impact: Is the anticipated impact clear? Are the benefits clearly defined? How many students will be impacted?

  • Measurable Success: Are there clear measurable targets included? Do the measurements match the goals? Is there any obvious opportunity for evaluation and/or assessment?


Upon submission, the Foundation will route proposals to the appropriate school principal and any other relevant department heads (IT, facilities, etc) to ensure the proposed activities are consistent with existing site and district policies, and can be effectively implemented.

Proposals that receive administrative approval will be submitted to a 7-person Grant Review & Selection sub-committee of the Foundation Board.  

Additional Questions?

The Foundation will host two grants workshops to answer questions and support applicants in the development of proposals. Workshops will be held:

  • Monday, June 10, 2019
    9:00am - 11:00am
    District Office, TBD

  • Thursday, August 8, 2019
    9:00am - 11:00am
    District Office, B3 Conference Room