GAR’s Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) Program is an annual program that supports teacher-initiated, classroom-based projects in Summit County.


Who’s eligible: Teams of K-12 Summit County educators in public, private, parochial or not-for-profit charter schools.

Priority is given to the following

  • Projects/programs that help students meet/exceed Ohio’s Learning Standards
  • Projects that incorporate evidence-based teacher professional development
  • Projects/programs that help teachers/students achieve/promote the district or school’s vision
  • Projects that demonstrate support for keeping learners on track for college and career readiness, as demonstrated by progress along six key transition points on 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
Furniture or capital improvements
Incentives or rewards for students (pencils, pens, stickers, etc)
T-shirts or clothing
Standard school supplies

Before you apply for an Educator Initiative Grant, follow these simple steps to prepare for your application:

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.

The rubric is used to evaluate your proposal. Be sure your project follows these guidelines. Click here to download the rubric. 

Download a blank copy of the application to share with your team and to prepare for the questions in advance.

Obtain both your Principal’s and Superintendent’s / Head of School signature on the Endorsement Form that accompanies your application for your project

Use the EIG Budget 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. Round to the nearest $10.00

Click here to to download the required Project Budget template

Apply online by the February 22, 2019 deadline. Scroll down to access the application link. Note:
Absolutely no attachments will be accepted other than your Project Budget and Endorsement Form.  Also, a Letter of Inquiry is NOT required for an EIG application.


Want to download all of these documents at once?

Our Applicant’s Packet includes everything you need for your proposal.




February 22, 2019  by 5 p.m.


Click here for the 2019 Application


New Applicants

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.

Returning Applicants

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.

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