INNOVATION & LEADERSHIP GRANTS

Foundations in Education, through its Innovation and Leadership Grants, promotes excellence in school leadership, teaching and learning, for educators in the Diocese of Bridgeport through grant programs that fund innovation in classroom teaching and provide support for continuing education and leadership formation.

The Innovation Grants Program promotes innovation in Catholic school education by supporting a teacher’s creative project or initiative for the classroom or school. Grants through this program are intended for innovative projects or initiatives that benefit multiple grade levels, and have a long-term impact on student learning.

The Leadership Grants Program promotes continuing professional education and leadership formation for current faculty in the form of grants for leadership development. Requests for proposals are from September 15 – October 31, 2017.

The Application Process is Now Closed. 

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Grant FAQ

What are innovation and leadership grants?

Through its Innovation and Leadership Grants program Foundations in Education promotes excellence in school leadership, teaching and learning, for educators in the Diocese of Bridgeport through grant programs that fund innovation in classroom teaching and provide support for continuing education and leadership formation.

The Innovation Grants Program promotes innovation in Catholic school education by supporting a teacher’s creative project or initiative for the classroom or school. Grants through this program are intended for innovative projects or initiatives that benefit multiple grade levels, and have a long-term impact.

The Leadership Grants Program promotes continuing education and leadership formation for current faculty in the form of grants for leadership development.

Who is eligible to apply?

All teachers and administrators working in Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic schools are eligible to apply. Principal approval of the grant request is required in order for an application to be considered complete.

In the event of a collaborative request by administrators or multiple schools, the Superintendant must also sign-off and approve the grant request.

Eligibility Criteria:

Teachers or Administrators who teach in diocesan sponsored, Catholic Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Fairfield County are eligible to apply for a grant.  Applicants must:

  1. Complete an application and submit it prior to the deadline for that grant cycle
  2. Provide the metrics and measures that will be used to evaluate a “successful” grant
  3. Garner the appropriate approval of their supervisor
  4. Provide applicable supporting documents (i.e. budget/cost estimates for innovation grants [inclusive of those requiring multi-year funding] and tuition or conference costs for leadership grants)
  5. Identify other available funding sources for the project.
  6. Agree to a release of personal image and information for advertising and marketing purposes.
  7. Agree to present on the outcomes of his/her grant in Diocese wide faculty development forum or other suitable venue.

What is the size of the Grant?

Grants may range in size from $500 to $50,000 and may be made in one year or over several years if the project so requires.

Grant determinations will be evaluated and recommended by the Innovation and Leadership Grant committee and approved by the Foundations in Education Board of Trustees and will depend on the amount available annually for distribution.

Parameters for the size of the annual grant may include the following:

  1. Size of grants will be recommended by the Innovation and Leadership Grants Committee and approved by the Foundations in Education Board.
  2. May be made to maximize impact in Innovation and Leadership
  3. May, at the discretion of the committee, be coupled to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport in meeting priorities of the Diocese
  4. May, at the discretion of the Innovation and Leadership Grants Committee, be considered for multi-year program development
  5. May at the discretion of the committee be focused in a given year to specific priorities set forth by the Diocese and/or by the Innovation and Leadership Grants Committee (i.e. – focus on curriculum improvement, Mathematics, STEM, Arts, Robotics, Coding etc)
  6. Priority will be given to unique and innovative approaches to teaching that will maximize the impact on learning for our students.