GAR’s Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) Program is an annual program separate and distinct from the Foundation’s regular grant-making in the area of education. The goal of EIG is to support teacher-initiated, classroom-based projects and methods that demonstrably impact student academic achievement.



    • Teams of K-12 Summit County educators in public, private, parochial, non-profit charter schools
    • Projects that help students meet or exceed Ohio’s New Learning Standards
    • Projects that demonstrate initiative, creativity, and progressive ideas
    • Projects that help teachers/students achieve and/or promote the district or school’s vision
    • Projects that demonstrate support for keeping learners on track along the six key transition points on the Cradle-to-Career Continuum



The deadline to apply for an Educator Initiative Grant was February 24, 2017 by 5pm. GAR will announce funding in late spring 2017.


If you are a new applicant to GAR Foundation and have never created an account in our online portal, follow these steps to create a new account:

Step 1: Once you’ve opened the application link above, click on the “New Applicant” link on the login page to create a new account using an email address and password.
Step 2: After you’ve completed the registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and login information so you can begin your application.


If you have applied to GAR in the past, click on the application link above and sign in using your e-mail and password. If you can’t remember your password, click on Forgot Password and follow the prompts.

Funding Available:

Amount of funding available

Project focus

Up to $5,000

Grants to improve achievement in one or more classrooms

Up to $10,000

Grants to improve achievement in grade level or departments

Up to $15,000

Grants to improve achievement school-wide



EIG does not fund:

      • Teacher stipends
      • Refreshments/meals
      • Furniture or capital improvements
      • Incentives or rewards for students (pencils, pens, stickers, etc)
      • T-shirts or clothing
      • Standard school supplies


EIG Application Process


A letter of inquiry is not required for the EIG application.

See Recently Awarded EIG Programs




Grant-preparation workshops: Workshops are conducted for interested educators to describe the application process, explain the decision criteria, and answer questions.

For questions about the EIG Program, contact: Lucille Esposito, EIG Program Manager, or 330.550.6661