Grants for Great Ideas


2013-2014 Grant Awards - Project Reporting Requirements 

Grant recipients must submit a grant evaluation report at the end of the project. If not, applications from that teacher will not be considered for future funding. 

The evaluation report form is available now - click on the appropriate subject category link below:

K-12 LIteracy, K-5 STEM, Art, Music, Drama, Social Studies, P.E., other

Middle and High School STEM

The final evaluation reports are due by May 12, 2014.  

For more information, please contact Susan Roberts Zettler, Program Manager, at 407-320-0196 or email:

For reference, view the following approved grant applications:
What's in the Envelope?
Hydroponic Salsa Garden
Solar Energy - Ride the Wave
Reading for Their Lives:  Black Males & Literacy
Drone Applications in Physics & Astronomy


Project Reporting Requirements

Click here for the Expenditure Report form.  Reports can be sent to The Foundation through the courier:  The Foundation/ESC.  All funds must be expended by January 15, 2014, and an expenditure report with detailed receipts submitted by January 31, 2014, along with any unused funds - unless otherwise noted in the award letter.

Program Information

Where do Seminole County teachers turn when classroom budgets don't cover the cost of an exciting learning experience for their students? Since 1989, The Foundation's Grants for Great Ideas program has empowered teachers and administrators by providing grants to implement creative and innovative programs. Since 1989, nearly 2,200 grants totaling more than $1.4 million have been awarded, due to the generous support of the program's sponsors.

Grant awards of $500 for a classroom or $1500 for a grade level or school-wide project provide resource materials and equipment. As a result, students have explored a variety of exciting subjects such as hydrogen-powered engines, created a large-scale diorama of artist Claude Monet's garden, and used geometry and the study of angles to create a miniature golf course.

Pre-K students at Lyman High School's VPK classroom spent two weeks watching and recording the growth of tiny caterpillars, then counted the days in the chrysalis, and finally watched the chrysalis shake and vibrate as the butterflies emerged. Dr. Carol Crownover, Pre-K Resource Teacher, reported that the children were fascinated by the experience. "It made such an impression, not only on their scientific thinking skills, but it has also helped teach the importance of compassion and caring."

Grants for Great Ideas Application Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE:  In the 2013 - 2014 Grants Cycles, the Grants Committee will place an emphasis on grant projects in the following subject areas:  literacy, energy (solar and alternative) education and awareness, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and the arts.  This is in accordance with the direction of our program sponsors.

Grant applications are accepted three times each academic year for review by the Grants for Great Ideas Committee. The grant projects should address school and district goals, i.e. Sunshine State Standards and/or SI Plan, and should motivate and encourage creative and innovative educational programs. Awards are presently funded up to $500 for classroom projects or up to $1,500 for grade level or school-wide projects. Instructional materials funded by a Foundation grant become the property of the school in which the teacher is employed when applying. If the teacher transfers to a different school, he/she may apply for the same project to benefit the students of the new school. Depending on budget demands, however, The Foundation cannot guarantee funding.

Helpful Hints: 

Please note that it is not possible to save the online form and return to it at a later time.  Print out a blank form to use as a sample, type content in a Word document, then cut and paste into the online form. 

If you encounter problems having your budget total correctly, try entering the amounts in the categories without dollar signs in front of the numbers.  If it still won't total - it says '0', don't be concerned. As long as the numbers are correct in the budget categories above, the office staff can calculate your total.  We will follow up if there are any questions.
Please review the updated grant guidelines prior to writing and submitting your application. As you plan your project, keep in mind that you must have measurable results. "If you can't measure it, don't apply for it." Our grant funders have tightened their guidelines and require measurable outcomes. Applicants will be required to attend a conference call / webinar to review the project requirements, allowable expenses and reporting guidelines. The conference call / webinar schedule is posted above.

Click here for the 2013-2014 grant application.

Grant Evaluations

Those Who Have Helped

  • AT&T
  • Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
  • Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation
  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • License for Learning, State of Florida
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Target