Opportunity Grants

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Investing in Great Ideas

Opportunity grants encourage and develop great teachers by supporting their professional development and helping make their ideas reality. Help to fund high priority projects and innovative approaches, which bring deeper meaning to curriculum and improve the educational experiences of students. Grants are funded through a combination of support from corporate partners and individuals in our community.

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2019 OPPORTUNITY GRANTS AWARDED

TECHNOLOGY AWARDS
Saddle Ranch Elementary - Projectors and Document Cameras for Special Needs Population
Bear Canyon Elementary - Coding and Robotics
Frontier Valley Elementary - Robotics and Coding

FILL THE GAP AWARDS
Pine Lane Elementary - TEAM Toolkits K-6
Redstone Elementary - Decodable Readers Complete Program by Benchmark
South Ridge Elementary - Reading to Learn and Lov’n It!

INNOVATION AWARDS
Plum Creek Academy - Student Run Smoothie/Coffee Bar
Global Village Academy, DC - LEGO Robots Kits for STEM Class
Mesa Middle School - Creating a Professional Grade Makerspace
Flagstone Elementary - Young Entrepreneurs!
South Ridge Elementary - Break Out of the Box
Cougar Run Elementary - Makerspace


Fill the Gap

To help educators and schools support essential needs of their students. Grant awards will be allocated on a need-based criteria. The selection committee will seek to support projects that fulfill a critical need, demonstrate long-term impact, and are funding dependent. Additionally, preference will be given to projects that serve a high-needs student population. This can be a lower-income school, a low-income subset of students within a school, etc.

Innovation

Supporting projects and initiatives that generate excitement and create game-changing learning experiences for kids. This can include innovative new curriculum, project-based learning unit, cutting edge technology, etc. Grant awards will be allocated on a merit-based criteria. The selection committee will seek to support projects that are bold, and offer a unique or original educational approach.

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 Helping students develop advanced technological and digital literacy skills. Grant awards will be allocated to support projects that introduce technology education beyond the current opportunities offered at the school. These projects do not need to be highly innovative (if your project is innovative apply in the Innovative category), nor should they request funding for classroom essentials (which fall into the Fill the Gap category). Instead, this category is to support new tech to your school or program. Grant selection will prioritize requests that demonstrate a strong need for new technology within the school.

Professional Development

Supporting high-quality professional development experiences that will directly impact student learning. Any DCSD school professional who works directly with students is eligible to apply.

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Application
Information

Any Douglas County school is eligible to apply. Schools, sites or programs may request funding for up to three different projects in one school year. The submission period for 2020 Opportunity Grants will be open from mid-December 2019 through January 2020.

The 2020 application cycle for Professional Development grants will open mid-March 2020.