The Public Education Foundation’s Grants for Great Ideas program has awarded more than 1,144 grants to teachers and principals in support of teaching innovation – impacting more than 220,000 students. Over the course of this program, the foundation has given out $1,781,103 dollars in grants directly to our schools.
The Grants for Great Ideas program has enabled us – teacher-by-teacher – to build a community of learners capable of making real improvements in classrooms and schools.
Grant applications for the 2023-2024 school year can be submitted online on this portal.
The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, developed in 1991, honors and rewards excellence in teaching. Each school selects their teacher of the year, who then participates in the selection process.
Each year, school nominate a Teacher of the Year and Rookie of the Year to represent their school. Once the teachers are nominated and complete an online orientation, they can submit their online portfolio on this portal, and then participate in the countywide selection process.
Each year five outstanding teachers are named Golden Apple Teachers and become members of the Golden Apple Academy, a growing association of exceptional educators. Of the Golden Apples, one is named as Marion County’s Teacher of the Year at the Golden Apple Gala. The Public Education Foundation also selects the Rookie Teacher of the Year representing the newest educators in our school district.
We award grants based on projects that are substantive in content and have potential to make the greatest impact. The grant application must demonstrate instruction aligned with school and district goals, a measurable educational impact, and the ability to be duplicated for ongoing and future implementation.
Because we want to impact as many students as possible, we ask that teachers and administrators work cooperatively in the application process. An individual teacher may take the lead on the grant request, but more than one teacher can benefit from the programming.
All Marion County public preK-12 school teachers may apply.
The deadline is Thursday, October 5th by 11:59 PMGrant requests must be submitted using this online portal. No applications are to be submitted in person or sent via email. If you are selected as a grant finalist, you will be contacted and then asked to sign a final grant acknowledgment.
Funds can be used in seven programmatic:
1. Increasing Graduation Rates
2. Teaching Quality
4. Assisting Low-Performing Students
5. STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) Education
6. Career/Technical Education
7. Supporting Students in Need (including Mental Health & Wellness Initiatives)
The maximum grant amount is $5,000
Because our grant program is partially funded through the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program (administered by the Consortium for Florida Education Foundations), grant money may be spent only on supplies, printing, curriculum, computer software/hardware, etc. Funding will not be approved for food, parties, recognitions, or awards. Projects need to be results-oriented with clearly defined goals.
A check will be made out to the school and be placed into internal accounts. The school bookkeeper will provide an Account Activity Report during a mid -year report and at the end of the grant. we will ask for proof that funds have been spent on the grant project. Contact Meghan Magamoll at Meghan.Magamoll@marion.k12.fl.us if you need help!
A committee composed of PEFMC Board Members and/or Community Leaders will review grant applications. Projects are evaluated on their potential benefit to students, the number of students involved, project creativity and innovation, effective use of resources, potential sponsor support and evaluation methods. The review committee will receive blind applications (teacher and school names or references will be removed). This ensures that grant applications are judged on their merit and we avoid potential conflicts of interest.
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This is a blind application form. On the first three tabs of the application form, please list the school, teacher names and other identifying information. Please do not identify applicants, schools, or communities unless specifically asked.
Yes, we ask that awardees document their projects with pictures and/or videos. We also may request selected grantees to deliver a short presentation at one of our Foundation Board of Directors meetings. If your grant is selected for a Board presentation you will be notified a minimum of 30 days in advance of the meeting date.
Will open in September 2023 for portfolio completion.
Senior Scholarships are closed for the 2022-2023 year and will reopen in January 2024 for spring scholarships.
Click on the "Register" button and complete and submit the registration form.
Login to the program with your email and password.
Create your online application/portfolio.
Your application/portfolio can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the application/portfolio is saved. At any time, you can download and print your application/portfolio by clicking on the icon in the Application/Portfolio Summary section.
On completion, save your Application/Portfolio as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your application/portfolio for your records by clicking on the icon in the Application/Portfolio Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the deadline, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.
If you require assistance or additional information, please contact the Award Administrator.
|Grants for Great Ideas Grants||Teacher and Rookie of the Year Online Portfolio||Senior Scholarships|
|Portal Opens||August 22rd, 2023||Closed until school nominations are made||Closed until Spring 2024|
|Deadline||October 5th, 2023|
Senior Scholarships - Closed until Spring 2024