GAR’s Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) Program is an annual program that supports teacher-initiated, classroom-based projects in Summit County. A Letter of Inquiry is NOT required for an EIG application. The 2019 deadline has passed. Decisions will be made in April.


Teams of K-12 Summit County educators in public, private, parochial or not-for-profit charter schools are eligible to apply. Projects must:

  • Help students meet or exceed Ohio’s Learning Standards
  • Incorporate evidence-based teacher professional development
  • Help teachers and students achieve and / or promote the district or school’s vision
  • Demonstrate support for keeping learners on track for college and career readiness, as demonstrated by the Cradle-to-Career Continuum

Funding Available


Grants to improve achievement in one or more classrooms: Up to $5,000


Grants to improve achievement in grade level or departments: Up to $10,000


Grants to improve achievement school-wide: Up to $15,000

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

Before you apply


Identify a team leader

Identify the educator who will serve as the primary contact for your team and school. Team leaders are not permitted to lead more than one project


Read the rubric

The rubric is used to evaluate your proposal. Be sure your project follows these guidelines.


Download the application template

Preview the application questions so you can prepare for the questions in advance. Share them with your team!


Obtain the necessary signatures

Obtain both your Principal’s and Superintendent’s signature on the endorsement form and attach it to your application when prompted


Complete the project budget

Use the EIG Budget spreadsheet template provided to itemize and tally the total expenses for your project, and submit this form with your completed application. This is the only budget template that will be accepted with your application.


Apply online

Apply online by the deadline.
Absolutely no attachments will be accepted other than your Project Budget and Endorsement Form. 

Creating an account

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:


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.


Next, you will be prompted to complete a brief eligibility quiz.


After you’ve completed the registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and login information so you can begin your application.

Returning applicants

Log in here or click on the Applicant Login button at the top of this page to continue working on an application or to view previous application forms submitted.

 Be sure to write down your login name and password for future reference. We do not have access to your password. If you forget your password, click on Forgot Password on the login page and follow the prompts. If you have questions or trouble accessing your online application, contact our offices at 330.576.2915.

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