Meet the Instructional Innovation Team!
Grant Department Exceeds Annual Goal in FIVE Months!!!
The NEW SDIRC Grant Writing Team has supassed our entire year goal raising over $4 million dollars in the the first semester! Applying for over 20 different grants, our team has secured funding for summer programming, intensive interventions, math, STEAM, Career and Tech, transportation, school choice, and more!
Upcoming Innovative Events
Innovative Upcoming Events:
May 3 - FACES at Beachland Elementary School at 8:00
May 3 - Final Grant Writing PD for 2022-23 on Teams at 4:00
May 12 - FPL Classroom Makeover Grant, Check Presentation at Gifford Middle School at 8:00
May 16 - SDIRC Community Career Fair at Treasure Coast Technical College at 2:30
May 17 - FACES at Citrus Elementary School at 8:00
May 24 - SDIRC CTE Career Signing Event and Shark Tank IRC in the TEC at 5:00
May 25 - The Last Lap Event in the Citrus Bowl following the 6:00 Spring Football Game
Innovative Events from April
SDIRC Partner with a Principal Pilot Program
In April, several community members made time to shadow principals in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of how a school operates and the challenges that principals face on a daily basis. They were able to learn about the various programs and initiatives that are being implemented to support student success, and connect with teachers, staff, and students to gain a greater appreciation for the work our principals are doing.
High School Heroes
On April 6th, students from Vero Beach High School made their way over to Vero Beach Elementary School to teach students about what it means to be responsible citizens and community members. Under the guidance of Junior Achievement and Mr. Todd Wood these high school students became High School Heroes.
2023 Moonshot Leaders Literacy Summit
On April 13th, The Learning Alliance hosted the 2023 Moonshot Leaders Literacy Summit where Moonshot Champions from across Indian River County came together to learn about their roles in teaching children. Literacy is the number one predictor of individual success and community prosperity. and this event challenged Indian River County to be the literacy capital of the nation.
Career and Technical Education - Community Tour
On April 25th, several community members were given the opportunity to tour the Career and Technical Education Programs that are Offered in Indian River County. They were able to visit classrooms at Sebastian River Middle School, Vero Beach High School, and Treasure Coast Technical College, taking a deeper dive into understanding the wide array of career pathways and opportunities that are available to students in Indian River County.
Department of Career & Technical Education
Check out CTE
Did you know that earning Industry Certification that leads to post-secondary credit through Career and Technical Education programs in Indian River County schools can save families hundreds, or even thousands of dollars in college tuition and fees? This reference chart outlines the potential savings to students and parents who complete pathways and pass the accompanying Industry Certification Exam.
To learn more about this amazing opportunity to earn free post-high school credit and gain skills in high demand, high wage jobs, contact your school guidance counselor.
SPANISH Career and Technical Pathways 23-24
Check out the SDIRC Career and Technical Education Programs for 2023:
This video will provide an overview of the CTE programs that are available in Indian River County and how they are impacting our community.
Insights to Innovation: Career and Technical Education, Automotive
School Based Grant Priorities
SDIRC School Choice Videos
Indian River Virtual School began in 2016 and is the School District of Indian River County full time virtual model. We proudly serve students from Kindergarten through 12th grade and offer a full-time virtual option with a local connection. Our curriculum aligns to State of Florida standards and offers the flexibility many parents and students desire.
Magnet & Choice Enrollment
Selection is conducted through computer generated lottery. The lottery will be conducted after January 15 and parent/ guardian will be notified. Subsequent lotteries will be run in March, May, and July.The application will be closed during each lottery window and will re-open once the lottery pending acceptance emails have been sent.The final date for all magnet & choice applications will be June 30 th for the following school year.
SDIRC Choice and Community Booklet 2023-2024
SPANISH of SDIRC Choice and Community Booklet 2023-2024
Toshiba America Foundation
• Do you teach in a middle and high school classroom?
• Do you have an innovative idea for improving STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) learning in your classroom?
• Is your idea project-based learning with measurable outcomes?
• What do you need to make learning STEM subjects fun for your students?
Sixth to 12th grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of up to $5,000 and more than $5,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom. With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, sixth to 12th grade teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life.
Award: $5,000 or more...
Deadline: May 1 & November 1 - Greater than $5,000
June1, September 1, December 1, and March 1, $5,000
Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming
The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming is an annual award recognizing a school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the current school year. The intent of the award is to recognize humanities programs that expand student horizons beyond “basic education.” A humanities program can be focused in many subject areas, including but not limited to social studies, poetry, drama, art, music, language arts, foreign language and culture. Programs should focus on broadening perspectives and helping students understand the wider world and their place in it.
Deadline: May 5, 2023
National Council of Teacher of Mathematics
Apply for NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust grants, scholarships, and awards. Funding ranges from $1,500 to $24,000 and is available to help math teachers, prospective teachers, and other math educators improve the teaching and learning of mathematics.
Award: $1,500 - $24,000
Deadline: May 1, 2023
Toshiba America Foundation
TAF Project-Based Learning Grants for Grades 6–12 grade teachers are invited to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 and more than $5,00 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom. Funded projects will allow 6th-12th grade teachers bring new teaching ideas to life.
Deadline: June 1, September 1, December 1 & March 1
Classics For Kids Foundation
If your school believes in the role of fine instruments in your program, and can show evidence of need and commitment to raising matching funds, you are a strong candidate for the Classics for Kids matching grant program.
Award: $1,000 - $2,000 (matching funds)
Deadline: June 30; September 30; December 31; March 31
Florida Humanities Community Project Grants
Community Project Grants support an array of public humanities programming that encourage
community engagement in and with the humanities. Programming should be tailored to, and appropriate for, the subject matter, the applicant’s goals, as well as reflective of the interests and needs of the intended audience(s), particularly underserved communities. Florida Humanities encourages innovation with new approaches as well as use of time-tested formats such as: community conversations, interpretive exhibits (permanent or traveling, physical or digital), lectures
and podcasts, community-wide reads, or reading orfilm-and-discussion programs, book, film, and
cultural festivals incorporating humanities activities, oral history projects, story-collection and sharing programs, interpretive tours or other types of site- or place-based humanities programming. Community Project Grants must:
• Be rooted in the humanities
• Involve humanities scholar(s) appropriate for the project
• Be made available to the general public and actively foster constructive dialogue
• Be free, or not cost prohibitive
Award: Up to $10,000
Deadline: June 14, 2023; October 11, 2023;
American Honda Foundation STEM Grants
Grant funds support youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.
Award: $20,000 - $70,000
Deadline: August 1, 2023
Air Force Association: Educator Grant Program
The Air Force Association’s Educator Grant Program is designed to promote aerospace education activities in classrooms from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The program encourages the development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum. Examples of acceptable activities and items include:
- Classroom science or technology demonstration kits
- Classroom science supplies
- Science manipulatives
- Science and technology software for K-12 use
- Supplies for making flying objects
- Supplies for a robotics program
Deadline: September 1 – December 15 (annually)
Justin J. Watt Foundation
The Justin J. Watt Foundation offers support to middle schools that do not have sufficient funding for after-school and athletic programs. The foundation offers Equipment Grants for after-school programs, such as athletic teams for grade 6 through 8. Examples of eligible items include uniforms with school name or numbers; safety equipment, such as helmets, pads, or mats; balls, bats, or nets; and storage equipment. Please see website for examples of eligible items.
Award: $2,000 - $6,000
Deadline: September 16 – January 15: Sports starting in March, April or May January 16 – April 15: Sports starting in August, September or October
Association of American Educators Foundation Teacher Scholarship
Teacher scholarships can be used for a wide variety of professional development opportunities and materials. These include conferences, in-services, and materials for PLCs. The scholarship will cover all associated costs with attending these events or obtaining these materials. Teacher scholarships do not cover classes or materials in pursuit of a graduate degree.
Deadline: October 1 and March 1; annually
Box Tops for Education
The Box Tops for Education program offers multiple ways for schools to earn cash through everyday activities, such as buying groceries, shopping online, and making purchases with a credit card. In addition to the traditional clip program, participants can earn by using a grocery store receipt and the Box Tops App to scan for eligible items. Participants may also earn through bonus offers available on the App. Each Box Tops coupon is worth 10 cents, and schools can use their Box Tops cash to buy the supplies they need to succeed, from art supplies to gym equipment.
Award: Up to $20,000/year
Deadline: November 1 (December payment); March 1 (April payment)
Rolling Grant Opportunities
Alternative Fuel Foundation
Funds are available for educational institutions to aid in the development of programs that promote renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and earth stewardship.
Award: Up to $1,000
Colibri Grants, Inc. awards Advancing Education Special Project Grants to kindergarten through grade 12 public school teachers across the nation. Competitive projects will significantly advance and influence student learning to met the unfunded educational needs of students. There are no restrictions to a proposal's subject matter or area of curriculum. Eligible applicants are US kindergarten through grade 12 public school teachers. One grant per teacher and a maximum of two teachers per school will be considered per academic year.
Award: Up to $5,000
Inventionland Grants for K–12 Schools
Inventionland Education is the catalyst that inspires innovation in the classroom through hands-on curriculum, professional learning, and Innovation Labs®. Students work in teams to learn the process of innovation in a real-world environment.
Award: Up to $1,000,000
Glenn W. Baily Foundation Grants
the foundation invites letters of inquiry for innovative early childhood STEM education programs in Florida. The foundation aims to fund projects and programs that give students and educators more resources for developing and participating in STEM-based, hands on learning. any program or idea supporting students in Pre-K through 12th grade and into college or vocational studies is eligible.
Deadline: None; Letter of Intent accepted on a rolling basis
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Our “Fruit Tree 101” program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public and nonprofit schools of all levels, across the country, to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition. The “Fruit Tree 101” event is typically completed in two parts. The first, typically held on a weekend to accommodate volunteer schedules, involves planting the orchard under the direction of our certified arborist. The second part, held when school is in session, invites students to join FTPF’s instructors for a fun, hourlong lesson about the importance of trees for the environment and fruit in the diet—culminating in a group tree planting exercise.
Award: Fruit Trees
Adopt a Classroom
Adopt a classroom is a website that connects donors and teachers in an effort to bring needed supplies to classrooms.
Award: Up to $1,000
Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund
The Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund makes grants in the areas of education, child development and welfare, and the environment and conservation. Examples of previously funded programs include expanding music education for students in kindergarten through grade 12 and promoting professional development for music teachers; hands-on botanical and art museum experiences for children who are underserved; and employment and leadership support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Teachers can request donations to support their classrooms virtually. Donors see these requests and responds to teacher requests at their will.
Award: Up to $1,000
Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides grants that support programs to address the summer reading loss (“summer slide”) experienced by rising kindergartners through rising third-graders and programs that advance energy, engineering, and environmental education through student programming or teacher professional development. Programs serving underrepresented, low-income, or diverse audiences, including women and minorities, will be given preference in this grant cycle. Programs that extend into out-of-school time will be given preference in this grant cycle.
Deadline: Annually November 15 – January 31
The Fund's Mission is to improve the lives of the elderly, people with disabilities and disadvantaged children and families. Today, the McKeen Fund continues to support the donor's philanthropic philosophy and values, including an emphasis on giving to Roman Catholic organizations. The Trustees will also consider in addition to the donor's preferences, the demands of a changing world and its impact on the Fund's mission. The Fund also recognizes the donor's value of service and philanthropy going beyond just grantmaking. Fund resources extend to direct charitable activities, including leadership, expertise and a commitment to our grantees and other non-profit organizations.
Award: $5,000 - $10,000 However it states up to $50,000
Youth Development Foundation
The MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand, or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or secure facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Grants are intended to provide funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs, not for normal operating expenses or as a substitute for existing funding or fundraising activities. To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S.-based or international nonprofit, tax-exempt organization involved in the operation of a youth baseball and/or softball program and facility. Organizations operating in the U.S., or an international location are eligible to apply.
Believe in Reading - Grants for Literacy Programs
Supports the efforts of non-profit organizations that teach, improve, or encourage reading by people of all ages from around the world. Grants are awarded to existing and provably successful literacy programs.
Charlie Lovett Elementary Drama Grants
Each year, the Charlie Lovett Fund for Elementary Drama provides grants to elementary schools across the U.S. These grants are designed to help elementary schools enhance or establish a production based, drama-learning program at the school. Grants can also be used for the school’s drama productions.
Award: up to $300
Digital Wish Grants
Digital Wish Grants aims to help teachers receive funding for technology in their classroom. Through this program, teachers that submit a lesson plan are automatically eligible to be entered to win up to 50 technology grants. Participating teachers can share classroom stories and experiences and Digital Wish Grants will add them to the website. This allows potential donors to make contributions.
Award: Various Grants (e.g., Computer Science Teacher Grant $1,000)
Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote families across the U.S. The focus of the Foundation’s grant-making is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $10,000. Requests may be submitted at any time and are reviewed various time throughout the year.
Award: $2,000 to $10,000
Goodyear Foundation Community Grants
This program focuses on building and supporting collaborative programs that create positive outcomes for people, communities, and the world around us. Their key focus is global and local Safety, Knowledge & Sustainability as reflected in projects that impact where Goodyear operates. Proposals should promote stronger and safer communities; inspire people to reach their potential in school and or careers preparation; stimulate waste reduction and energy conservation for our planet. Applications must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the start of your proposed program or project.
Award: $5,000 to $25,000
Eduporium Educational Technology Grant
Our grant is open to all educators in the United States and we encourage everyone to apply! The application process opens on the first of each month and concludes on the 20th. Following the 20-day submission period, our team will review all new grant applications and notify the awardee by the last business day of the month. We will announce the recipient via our Twitter account, email newsletter, blog, and contact the person directly. While you can apply for grants as often as you’d like, educators may only apply for the Eduporium grant once per month with one application per person. Those awarded the grant are then ineligible to apply for one calendar year. Recipients may use their grant award on any of the hundreds of STEM, MakerEd, and computing technologies available on the Eduporium store.
Award: $500 EdTech
Deadline: Applications accepted year-round
H2O for Life Service-Learning Grant
The funds from this grant must be used to assist teachers and students as ‘Start-Up Funds” for their H2O for Life service-learning project. These small grants require participating schools to create a fundraising project budget and an implementation plan for their school year that will raise funds to support an H2O for Life Global Partner School.
Pets in the Classroom
PetSmart Grant is redeemable at your local PetSmart store for specific items to support your classroom pet.
Award: Variety of small one-time grants
The Haggerty Foundation
The Hagerty Foundation provides programs and financial support in three focus areas: Car culture, Education, & Innovation. With the purpose of keeping driving alive for generations to come, we provide scholarships for students in the automotive field of education, offer financial support and mentorship for automotive start-ups an innovative businesses, and continue to build a federally recognized program through the National Historic Vehicle Register, that documents and records the important history of automobiles. The License to the Future program offers grants to young drivers (between the age of 14-18) to cover the cost of Drivers Education
Award: Up to $500
Kid Spark Education
Students of all backgrounds deserve a chance to learn and love STEM. The Kid Spark STEM Equity Grant Program makes this possible by providing Title I schools everything they need to encourage STEM learning in the classroom, free of charge.
Award: Comprehensive Curriculum. STEM Labs and Professional Learning
Publix Requests for Donations
Publix recognizes the importance of supporting charitable activities within the community. As part of its mission, Publix focuses its charitable efforts on the following areas: youth, education, reducing hunger, and alleviating homelessness. All requests for gift cards, sponsorships and program ads must be submitted on the letterhead of the applicant’s non-profit, tax-exempt organization at least four weeks prior to the event date. 501(c)(3) applicant organizations must include a copy of their “letter of determination” from the IRS.
A School-Based Healthcare Solutions Foundation is awarding recurring Principal Discretionary Grants of up to $5,000 per academic year, as well as a mental health professional to support student behavioral health services on campus. Apply online.
Award: $5,000 for three years
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and DonorsChoose.org make it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of the U.S. create classroom projects requests, and people give any amount to the project that inspires them.
Salad Bars To Schools
Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply. To qualify for a Salad Bars to Schools grant you must offer the salad bar as a part of the reimbursable meal served in your district. The 6-foot, f ive-well salad bar package is for locations that serve at least 100 reimbursable meals daily.
Award: Salad Bar, hardware and pans w/covers
Deadline: Applications accepted year-round
ALDI Cares Community Grants
ALDI, Inc. provides funding in the form of philanthropic donations and/or gift cards to local nonprofit organizations that make a positive impact on our Children’s Health & Wellness and Food Insecurity while supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs. Eligible applicants are public and private kindergarten through grade 12 schools and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that benefit children in the geographic areas located where ALDI stores, offices, or warehouses in Alabama; Arkansas; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Washington, DC; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky. Applications must be submitted using the online system.
Award: Awards range from $100 to $5,000
Deadline: Monthly (Rolling)
The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences
Awesome projects range from public artwork to mobile applications to scientific experiments. Projects are not strictly defined but tend to challenge and expand our understanding of individual and communal potential. They should also bring communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment, however temporary. Grants are provided with no strings attached, and the foundation claims no ownership over the projects it supports.
Yellow Buses in State Park
The purpose of the “Yellow Buses in the Parks” program is to assist with the transportation costs associated with field trips to State Parks, so that no child is deprived from the benefits of seeing Florida’s natural, cultural, and historical parks. Grants can be requested for paying for transportation costs for these trips by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award: Transportation costs for Florida State Park field trip
Ross Stores, Inc. Foundation
The Ross Store-Based Giving Program provides support – primarily in the form of gift cards – to federal tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, and government programs serving a community within 25 miles of a Ross Dress for Less or dd’s DISCOUNTS Store.
Award: Gift Cards
School Based Healthcare Solutions Network, Inc.
SBHSN is designed to bring and support highly skilled clinicians into schools, after-school programs,
and youth summer programs to assist personnel and other adults who interact with youth in both school settings and local communities. By implementing this program, SBHSN expects to achieve increased access to school-aged youth who may otherwise not have access to counseling services and increased awareness of mental health issues among schoolaged youth and adults on campus.
Non-profit agencies with a proven track record of providing intervention and/or prevention services on school campuses. To be eligible, non-profit agencies must have existing strong partnerships with a Title 1 middle and/or high school having a student enrollment of at least 500 students, of which 60% are classified as free or reduced lunch status.
Award: $5,000/year for 3 years
Deadline: First come first serve
High Impact Grants - The Education Foundation of Indian River County
What are High Impact Grants? A process to fund innovative school or classroom solutions that advance student achievement. Each Fall school principals and teachers are encouraged to submit a "Letter of Idea" outlining what you would like to accomplish. Proposals address one of the following areas with a focus on increasing student achievement: School CulturalClimate [...]
Office of Instructional Innovation
Amie Rutherford - Grant Writer
David Erickson - Grant Writer
Wilfred Hart - Community Liason Specialist
Location: 6500 57th Street, Vero Beach, FL, USA