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Spring Innovative Instructional Grant

DEADLINE:  February 16, 2024 by 5:00 pm (We will start accepting applications on January 2, 2024)

Applications are closed for the 2023-2024 school year

Applicants can apply for up to $1000 for innovative projects in their classroom.



Spring Innovative Instructional Grants


Spring Innovative Instructional Grants are a means for providing small grants to teachers and other school-level professional staff members to encourage innovative, creative approaches that enhance student learning in classroom instruction.

Persons Eligible to Apply for Grants

The grants are awarded on a competitive basis and any YCSD teacher or group may apply.

Eligible Proposals

All eligible proposals must ensure the following:

  • No school name, acronym or teacher names on the application.
  • EMAIL only one (1) complete application (pages 3-6) to the Foundation Liaison by the deadline.
  • submitted five (5) copies of the application (pages 5 & 6 only) through the pony or delivery to the SBO.
  • provided an itemized budget that includes the vendor and prices.
  • Does not ask the foundation to fund the following: food, clubs, bus transportation, salaries for speakers or substitute teachers, alternative seating or clothing items.

Award of Funds

Teachers may apply for up to $1,000. The number of awards will depend on funds available from The York Foundation for Public Education, Inc.

First page of the PDF file: 23-24SpringInnovativeGrantFillableApplication_2


Congratulations 2023-2024 Spring Grant Winners

Coventry Elementary School

  • The Sprout and Grow Bee Garden, Silver Conlon - $1000

Grafton Bethel Elementary School

  • Expanding Book Access:  Building Cultural Bridges with Literacy, Sarah Andrews, Julie Hudson, Abigail Perry, Deb Wesley, Michelle Wright, and Jennifer Humble - $979

Magruder Elementary School

  • Engaged in Exploring Ecosystems, LeeAnn Turner - $500

Queens Lake Middle School

  • Mathematics in Motion:  Empowering Students Through Robotics, Michelle Moses, Carrie Provenson, Jenny Lester, Karen LeMaire, Mellisa Robidas, Dorothea Wilkinson, Linda Perry, Barb Poland, and Renee Webster - $875

Tabb High School

  • Stop Wasting Food!, Colsen Sigler and Gina Speight - $416
  • Library Media Center Interim Learning Commons Improvements, Kim Grossett - $1000

York High School

  • Exploration Stations:  Bringing Nonfiction Shelves to Life,  Dory Holder and Monica Chandler - $1000

A special "Thank you" from Ms. Silver Conlon's 2nd grade class at CES

Silver Conlon from Coventry Elementary School, received a Spring Innovative Grant for her project, "The Sprout and Grow Bee Garden."  With the wild bee population declining in the US for the past few decades Ms. Conlon had an idea to create a garden at CES that would not only support the area pollinators but would also give the students a chance for a very engaging activity.  

Students got the chance to be involved in every step of the gardening project.  From designing and building garden beds to harvesting vegetables, each student had the opportunity to contribute to an environment that supports the most important pollinators.  Students explored what plants require to grow, the pests and beneficial insects that affect them and the role of pollinators in our ecosystem.  They read books about different flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  They also learned about bees and ways in which they could create a suitable habitat for them in their garden.

The students were so excited about the garden and enjoyed the experience so much, that they sent the Foundation these beautiful thank you cards.