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Education Foundation of Bloomington
Education Foundation of Bloomington
Classroom Innovation Grants
It is time for 2021-2022 Innovation Grant Applications! Apply now!!!
The Education Foundation of Bloomington (EFB ) is proud to announce it is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 EFB Innovation Grants. These Grants are earmarked for staff in the Bloomington School District who submit Grant Requests to the EFB for innovative projects that fall outside the normal funding priorities of the Bloomington Public School District. All applications must be submitted by 4:00pm on Friday, November 19, 2021.
Innovation Grants fund innovative educational curriculum material, equipment, or an experiential event in classrooms and programs of the Bloomington School District. These grants cannot replace current curriculum, cover staff salaries or cover expenses for something where there are other avenues of financial assistance available within the district. This year’s Innovation Grants are funded by a donation from American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation. Other programs of the EFB are funded through the Chip in For Schools Golf Classic. For information on participating or donating, please see our Chip in for Schools Golf Classic Page.
Grant Report Forms
If you have received a grant in 2020-21, your grant report is due by June 18, 2021 at the latest. Please use one of the forms to the right to complete your grant report.
If your grant report includes a photo, please include a signed photo release form for any identifiable person in the photo who is facing the camera.
Use the forms on this page to complete and submit your application.
2019-2020 Innovation Grant Recap:
In September 2019, EFB was awarded a $30,000 grant by American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation through their Adopt a School Program. The purpose of the Grant is to provide for classroom innovation projects and teacher development within the Bloomington Public Schools. EFB added $10,000 raised through its Chip in for Schools Golf Classic tournament held in July of 2019 allowing for a total of $40,000 to be awarded for Innovation Grants in the 2019-2020 school year. Awards included:
Here are some of the amazing ways 2019-2020 Innovation Grants are being used at BPS:
In six of our elementary buildings, staff will be installing a movement/sensory pathway. This pathway consists of permanently adhered stickers placed in the hallway of the building that encourage movement, brain breaks, problem solving, and physical activity, with a variety of instructions that encourage students to focus and move, all of which will aid a student’s concentration within the classroom.
At Kennedy High School, a grant will purchase equipment needed to create a Food Chemistry Class as an addition to their science curriculum, meshing with new chemistry standards.
A Special Education class at Jefferson High School will be purchasing cooking and baking equipment to enhance the math curriculum and help students build life skills.
At Poplar Bridge Elementary, first grade staff will be purchasing items needed to develop a set of STEAM Project Labs which will be applicable to their different learning disciplines and shared among their classes. Students will use the materials to create different learning experiences and collaborative efforts and will be introduced to engineering, design, and simple machines.
Olson Elementary and Olson Middle School are cooperating to build an all-weather outdoor learning space for nature investigation to enhance life science studies. Their grant will help purchase all-weather benches and equipment needed for outdoor exploration. Even in our Minnesota winters, exposure to nature helps lower stress and helps us develop greener global citizens.
At the Pond Family Center building, grants will assist them to enhance the welcoming nature of the building for new families as they come in. Things like bird feeders along the walkway, creative activity centers once inside the building, and the development of a winter weather clothing closet for families who cannot afford winter clothes for their children will be added to the facility.