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 is February 24, 2017. GAR will announce funding in late spring 2017.

Applying for an Educator Initiative Grant?
Click here for the 2017 application


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