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Education Foundation of Bloomington

Education Foundation of Bloomington

Classroom Innovation Grants

It is time for 2022-2023 Innovation Grant Applications!  Apply now!!!

The Education Foundation of Bloomington (EFB) is proud to announce it is now

accepting applications for the 2022-2023 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. The deadline has been extended to 4:00pm on Friday, November 11, 2022. All applications are to be submitted in .pdf format to bwibbens@isd271.org.

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 grant from American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation and the EFB Chip in For Schools Golf Classic plus individual donations. Use the forms on this page to complete and submit your application. For information on participating or donating, please see our Chip in for Schools Golf Classic Page.

Grant Reports for 2021-22 and Grant Report Forms

If you received a grant in 2021-22, your grant report was due by June 17, 2022. Grant reports will be accepted late.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.

2021-2022 Innovation Grant Recap:

In partnership with the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation the EFB was

able to offer 46 Innovation Grants totaling $55,802 during the 2021-2022 school year. Many of the Grants assisted our staff in augmenting the tools they use in their

classrooms as they encourage students to engage in art, physical education, music,

math, and learning life skills. Some dollars assisted staff to be better equipped to reach out to our very diverse community or parents. Other grants helped to build more inclusive and relevant libraries for our students reading enjoyment. We found that with the past disruption to our children’s lives due to Covid protocols, many students needed additional aids in the areas of socialization, feeling comfortable returning to classrooms, and feeling welcomed in a new environment.

We have been extremely fortunate to have this partnership with American Family

Insurance Dreams Foundation for the past several years and again this year. Ideas that were only Dreams for our staff have been made possible. Thank you!

Here are some of the amazing ways 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.

Please consider supporting our Bloomington students in need with a donation to the Education Foundation of Bloomington, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Mail: Education Foundation of Bloomington

2575 W. 88th Street Bloomington, MN 55431