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

The deadline to apply was February 21, 2020. Grants will be announced in May, 2020.

Note: GAR recently updated its online application portal. Read about that update here.

How to 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 February 21, 2020.
Absolutely no attachments will be accepted other than your Project Budget and Endorsement Form.  You must create an account to apply.


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
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

How much should I request?


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

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