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American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Classroom Innovation Grants

Request for Proposals for the 2019-2020 American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Innovation Grants through the Education Foundation of Bloomington.

The Education Foundation of Bloomington announces the 2019-2020 American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Innovation Grant cycle.  The EFB has received a grant to support our annual Innovation Grants from American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation.  Grant Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 school year.  The final day for application submission is Friday, June 7, 2019, at 4:00 PM.  Please follow all instructions in the Grant Guidelines and Application.

Some examples of successful grants this past year are “a set of books highlighting diverse characters for a media center”;  “chemistry equipment to add a supplemental chemistry element to the current cosmetology curriculum”;  an Arboretum Plantmobile visit to a school on an early release day”;  “a high level supplemental set of books for a Spanish class”;  “wiggle seats for a flexible learning space”;  “special education Personal Finance curriculum”;  “materials and equipment to create a maker-space for high achievers”;  and “tone chimes and ensemble music books to enhance the current music curriculum”.

These grants can not replace current curriculum, cover staff salaries, or cover expenses for something where there are other avenues of financial assistance available within the district.

Grant Report Forms

If you have received a grant in 2018-19, your grant report is due by June 14, 2019.  Please use one of the forms to the right to complete your grant report.

Past Grant Recipients

Here are some of our Grant Recipients:


An Innovation Grant was awarded to Jefferson High School to outfit their special education vocational learning project TJ’s Coffeehouse with uniforms that will give students a sense of unity, confidence, and importance.  The caps and aprons also satisfy the hygiene requirements similar to outside jobs involving food distribution.

The coffeehouse is open once each month and includes students from five different special education programs within the school.  The project assists students to achieve their learning goal of developing real-life job skills and greater independence as they work a variety of tasks like cash register, making smoothies, order taking, set-up and break-down, inventory control, and advertising.


An Adult Diploma program grant allowed students who have read the book Diary of Anne Frank in class to see a live theater production of the story.  Many of these foreign-born adult students have not had the opportunity to experience live theater.  The experience allows the students to see a story come alive and also allows them to critically analyze differences between the two mediums.


This grant allowed a social awareness group at Kennedy High School to purchase the book Being Emily as a reading project.  The book gave students a greater understanding of others who are struggling with personal issues.


Washburn Elementary school will be purchasing plantings and soil to develop an outdoor learning space in the spring of 2017.  Parents, students, staff, and the business community are all partnering to make this a success.


Indian Mounds Elementary school will supplement, throughout the year, their regular kindergarten curriculum with curriculum and books designed to give students instruction in the area of social/emotional development.  The supplemental curriculum emphasizes areas like empathy, emotion management, and problem solving,   Students will be able to identify and practice effective emotional responses.


In the 2016-17 grant cycle we were able to outfit 26 classroom/spaces with flexible furniture.  In 2017-18, we are again partnering with the Bloomington School District to offer flexible furniture options to classrooms to allow for flexible spaces within the classroom or learning space.  Flexible furniture accommodates the multiple learning styles and preferences of our students.

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2019 Grant Guidelines and Application Form

2018-19 Grant Report Form Microsoft Word

2018-19 Grant Report Form PDF

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Mail: Education Foundation of Bloomington

2575 W. 88th Street Bloomington, MN 55431