The Great Ideas! Grants Program

This innovative program was established in the fall of 1992 to fund creative curriculum related classroom projects which directly enhance learning opportunities for students in Indian River County. These grants are highly competitive and have a built in component which requires measurable outcomes and evaluations. To date, the Great Ideas! Grant Program has infused millions in innovative educational enhancements in classrooms throughout Indian River County. During the 20012/2013 school year nearly $212,000 was awarded to Indian River County classrooms and teachers.
 
The Great Ideas! Grants are funded by the John's Island Foundation, Impact 100, Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., The Clint S. Malone Memorial Foundation, PNC/Harbor Federal Foundation, Liberty Medical Supply, the Bank of America Foundation, the Jeffrey and Jennifer Pegler Fund to Benefit Teachers, the Florida State Legislature and private individual donations.
 
The Education Foundation raises the grant dollars on a yearly basis. All grant opportunities will be based on secured funding at that time.
 
 
Quick Response Grants are presently available for classroom projects up to $500 for public, charter and private K-12 Indian River County schools:

Osceola Magnet Smart Boards

Education Foundation of Indian River County Awards $30,000 to Osceola Magnet School for “Mission Smart Science”
 
The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC) received a $5,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation to support the students at Osceola Magnet.  This grant, combined with $25,000 in matching funds from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) will be used for the “Mission Smart Science” Program for the students. 
 
The goal of the Osceola Magnet School’s “Mission Smart Science” program is to create classrooms of today with the most up-to-date technology that will impact science instruction and enhance the student achievement in the area of science.   Osceola Magnet School will launch a new program we will call “Mission: Smart Science”.  This program will include integrating new advanced online supplementary science curriculum for kindergarten through 5th grade students with their existing programs. This new program will use SMART Board technology to enhance classroom learning.
 
Research is clear that the use of this type of technology in the classroom will help to increase the level of student engagement. This technology, if used with engaging, rigorous science investigations, can excite students of all ages who are ready for something more interactive than just the lecture approach. These lessons can be used with SMART board technology and will accommodate different types of student learning: visual learners respond well to the visual projection elements, while tactile learners benefit from the actual interaction with the SMART board.

Thank you notes from Osceola Magnet Students

Quick Response Grants

Public, charter, and private K-12 Indian River County schools may apply for small grants up to $500. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning September 1, 2013 through April 15, 2014. One page summaries may be submitted by the first of each month. A response will be given fifteen days following the submission deadline. Grants are to fund classroom projects. Requests to fund transportation, food or field trips will not be considered.

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