Austin Ed Fund seeks projects that are creative, utilize critical thinking, and/or are a new way of looking at an old problem. Projects should have a clearly stated goal, related activities to support goal achievement, and a budget outlining how requested materials align with project outcomes.

Who can apply?

Individuals or teams of individuals employed by Austin ISD who are involved in the instruction of students or related support services benefiting students may apply. Student input into project proposals is also encouraged.

What types of projects will be selected?

Instructional approaches or projects that benefit groups of students are eligible for support. Grants may fund instructional and classroom materials, or an activity or material which supports higher levels of student academic achievement. Austin Ed Fund has identified three priority content areas for projects:

  • Whole Child Every Child (Social Emotional Learning, fine arts & creative learning, cultural proficiency, health & wellness)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Literacy

Award Categories:

Idea Grants – Grants up to $2,000 will be awarded to individual classrooms.

Incubator Grants – Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to campus, multi-classroom and/or department projects that have the potential to replicate and/or become sustainable.

Selection Criteria:

Both Idea and Incubator grants will be evaluated to find projects that best fulfill the following criteria:

  • Enriching: Enhances student academic performance
  • Innovative: Is a creative approach toward addressing a classroom objective
  • Demonstrated need: Supports District and/or Campus goals and is specifically designed to address an area of need substantiated by data
  • Alignment: Within priority content areas: Whole Child, STEM, or Literacy
  • Evaluation: Has a measurable outcome that will be reported to Austin Ed Fund upon project completion
  • Logical: Proposal is well-written, clear, and transparent, including:
    1. Specificity of goals and objectives
    2. Clarity of description of instructional procedures/ methods
    3. Clarity of how funds awarded will be used, in a realistic, accurate, and appropriate manner
    4. Correspondence among evaluative procedures and objectives

Additionally, projects applying for Incubator-level funding will be more competitive if they include some or all of the following criteria:

  • Sustainable: Measurable outcomes have potential for medium- or long-term impact
  • Systemic: Project has potential to be replicable to other schools or classrooms
  • Relevant: Demonstrates real-world applications
  • Collaborative: Demonstrates partnerships across department/ grade level, other disciplines, schools, and/or community organizations

Responsibilities of Grant Recipients

  • Use the awards for the purposes intended.
  • Projects must be fully implemented and funds must be spent by the end of the spring semester immediately following award notification.
  • A final report, including usage of funds, must be submitted to Austin Ed Fund by the end of the school year. The report must be submitted before recipients can submit an application for another grant.
  • Recipients agree to share successful procedures in staff development sessions.
  • All items purchased with grant funds become property of the campus where awarded.
  • All unused grant money is subject to being returned to Austin Ed Fund.

2018 Application Cycle Timeline:

  • February 26, 2018: Application window opens
  • January 30, 2018 @ 3:30- 5:00 pm:  Grant Writing Training #1 at Padron Elementary School (2011 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78758, Room E1)
  • February 1, 2018 @ 3:30-5:00 pm:  Grant Writing Training #2 Wooten Elementary Library(1406 Dale St. Austin, TX 78757)
  • March 22, 2018 @ 5:00 – 6:30 pm:  Grant Writing Training #3 Travis High School Library (1211 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704)
  • March 28, 2018 @ 5:00 – 6:30 pm: Grant Writing Training #4 CAC Board Auditorium (1111 W 6th Street, Building B, Austin, TX 78704)
  • April 2, 2018 @ 5 pm: Rough draft deadline- final date to submit application to juliana.castillo@austinisd.org for feedback
  • April 6, 2018 @ 5 pm:  Application window closes
  • Late May 2018:  Applicants are notified of their status
  • August 2018- May 2019:  Project implementation
  • May 17, 2019:  Final project evaluations due to Austin Ed Fund
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When Applying for a grant, please remember the following:

  • Grants are to be used to fund projects that cannot be provided in the school or district budgets.  Expenses that will not be considered for funding include salaries and facility maintenance or construction costs.
  • Give your project a creative and compelling title.
  • All line item expenses must be tied to the overall project idea.  Materials will not be funded if not aligned with project goals.
  • Objectives and outcomes should be consistent with the goals of your school and the district.
  • When creating your budget, be realistic. Small grants are just as likely to be awarded as large grants. Partial funding will be considered.