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Thanks to our donors, we were able to award $20,946.88 in Innovative Teaching Grants and $8,000 in scholarships in the 2020-2021 school year!

Grant Information and Applications

Innovative Teaching Grant Information



Innovative Teaching Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches and best practices in accomplishing program objectives. The Huffman Educational Foundation offers teachers and administrators the opportunity to apply for grants to support innovative programs or projects that promote higher levels of student learning. The grants must enhance student academic performance and support the stated objectives, goals, and initiatives of the District/Campus Improvement Plan.

Persons Eligible to Apply for Grants:

Individuals or teams of individuals employed by Huffman ISD who are involved in the instruction of students or related support services benefiting students are eligible recipients for grant funding.

Eligible Proposals:

Instructional approaches or projects designed to begin by the semester after the grant is awarded and which meet the selection criteria are eligible for consideration. Grants may fund instructional and classroom materials, parent involvement programs, or any activity or material which supports higher levels of student academic achievement.

Award of Funds:

Grants Awards: $200 - $5000 will be awarded to individual teacher initiated programs or projects. The number of awards will depend on the funds available from the Huffman Education Foundation.

Selection Criteria will be based on one or more of the following:

  • The degree to which the grant supports the District/School Board Goals, Campus Improvement Plan(s) and/or a specific quantifiable student learning need as identified through campus or district data.
  • The degree to which student academic performance is emphasized with evidence that students will benefit directly from the grant funding.
  • The degree to which sound evaluation procedures are incorporated in the proposal including measurable indicators of success.
  • The degree to which the proposal represents a creative or innovative approach to the accomplishment of objectives. NOTE: Funds are not typically available for recurring programs/projects. The proposal should address a new project as opposed to one accomplished or under way.
  • The degree to which the proposal is clear and logical, based on (a) clearly stated goals that are attainable and measurable; (b) clarity of description of instructional procedures, methods or treatments; and (c) relevance of evaluative procedures as related objectives and treatments.
Selection Process:
  1. Application forms are available on our website.
  2. All applications must be completed in its entirety.
  3. Applications must be reviewed and signed by the campus Principal; if more than one campus is impacted the lead applicant’s campus Principal’s signature is acceptable. Note: For Applications that include technology requests, the District Technology Lead must review and approve the proposed technology   
  4. Approved applications must be completed no later than the date selected by the Huffman Education Foundation Board of Directors.
  5. Applications will be reviewed and commented on by the HEF Grant Application Review Committee, comprised of the following members:  (minimum of (4) Huffman Education Foundation Program Committee Members, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Curriculum Department Coordinators)
  6. The HEF Grant Application Review Committee’s recommendation will be submitted to the Huffman Education Foundation Board of Directors for approval.
  7. If approved by the Huffman Education Foundation Board of Directors, the applications will be collectively presented to the Huffman School Board for formal acceptance of grant funds.
  8. Applicants will be notified of decisions by the date specified by the committee.
Responsibilities of Grant Recipients:
  • Recipients must use the awards for the purposes intended.
  • Funds must be expended by the end of the semester immediately following award notification. Projects awarded must be fully implemented by the end of the following semester.
  • Progress on the projects will be monitored by the Foundation.
  • Project must be fully implemented and final report submitted to the Huffman Education Foundation before recipients can submit an application for another grant.
  • Recipients must agree to share successful procedures in staff development sessions and submit a Formal “thank you” to donor(s).
When applying for a grant, please remember the following:
  • Do not use the name of your campus in the application.
  • Grants are to be used to fund projects that cannot be provided for in the school and district budgets.
  • Objectives and outcomes should be consistent with the goals of your school and the district.
  • Grants cannot be used to fund teacher training or travel. When creating your budget, research carefully and be realistic.  Small grants are just as likely to be awarded as large grants.  Partial funding will be considered.  Funds will not be awarded for budgeted items available from district resources.
  • Grant funding will stay with the campus that the grant was written for and will not transfer to the grant recipients new campus.
  • Projects awarded must be fully implemented by the end of the following semester.
  • Grant Applications should be submitted to the HEF via email. Email application as an attachment to Shirley Dupree.  A hard copy with original signatures on the cover sheet must be forwarded to the HISD Administration Office, Attention: Shirley Dupree.

Tips for a Successful Application


Statement of Need:

  • Describe the area of student achievement you wish to address and give any data that supports the need. Please include how this grant addresses district and campus goals.
  • Keep the statement simple and straightforward.
  • Show how project relates to the District/Campus Action Plan(s).



  • Limit the number of objectives.
  • Imply or state evaluation in the statement of objectives.
  • Be specific.


Description of Proposed Project/Activity:

  • Describe the problem or issue addressed.
  • Show how the project supports the purpose.
  • List steps to be followed in project implementation.
  • Relate project to need and objectives.
  • Be specific.



  • Relate to stated objectives.
  • Indicate how you will know whether the project was successful.



  • Are there others who will participate in this project? (CIS, Rotary, Lion’s Club) What will their roles be?