Innovative Grants

Grant Cycle Is Open Now

The Innovative Grant process for SAISD educators opens January 18, 2023, with two phases.

Phase I: Video submission via Flipgrid closing February 6, 2023.

Phase II is by invitation from video submission opening February 13, 2023, via Google form and closes March 6, 2023. The innovative grant timeline for grants up to $5,000 is listed below.  

Please note, we will invite those with innovative projects that have promise for impact and replication to Phase II. We do understand that not all projects are innovative. Not sure if it is? Drop into our Innovative Grant Chat via Zoom on January 25, 2023, between 6:30-7:30 pm using this link or on February 1, 2023, between 4:30-5:30 p.m. using this link

If you know that your project is not innovative, but you want to share your need/idea with us because you are confident it will make a difference for you and your students, please submit your video and we will see if we can support it another way. 

Please click here to view our introduction video and get started!

Innovative Grant Timeline: 

January/Early February: Phase I – Video Submission. The video must begin with your name, school, and impact level (classroom, grade level, whole school). Share what you want to do/implement and why, what difference you believe it will make for you/your students, what you need to be purchased to make it happen and what you estimate it will cost. 

Early February: Phase II – Google form. Videos are reviewed and invitations to apply for innovative grants via Google form are emailed to those selected. If your idea is not selected as a possible fit for the innovative grant program or the timeline outlined here is too long for your project/program, we will email you additional options in February for possible support.

March/April: Applications are reviewed by an external committee using a rubric with the following areas: 1) Significance; 2) Approach; 3) Innovation; 4) Results and extra points for addressing one of the four SAISD Board goals. Conversations with the district are held and any additional documentation is collected.

May: Notifications of awards are made to applicants and grant agreements are emailed.

August/September: After summer verification, items are ordered and grant presentations will be made by surprise visits in August and early September to present purchased items.

Please note: All applicants must have submitted all past-due grant evaluations to be considered for award. (This includes sending digital photos and digital or mailed thank you cards.)  Evaluations, including photos, are now submitted electronically.

Click here for a Mini-Grant Evaluation and Click here for an Innovative Grant Evaluation.

We expect Innovative Grants to have a lasting impact on your classroom and school. Accordingly, to evaluate your Innovative Grant projects, your project must have been in place for a full semester (two 9-week periods). Therefore, Project Leaders who were awarded an Innovative Grant the previous school year are not eligible to apply.

Below are links to sites you may need when completing your application.

For Software Approval:

  1. View this list of approved software first:
  2. If the software/app isn’t there, please fill out this request (give yourself 2-3 weeks for approval).
  3. Email your grant application to Sylvia Orta for signature approval:

For Technology Approval:  

For SAISD current quotes for technology purchases, click here.

When your proposal is ready for a signature from Technology, scan your full proposal to  If you have not received a response by the application deadline, note that your application has been emailed to the above address and the date emailed on the signature line. If you need to talk to someone in Technology, call the department and ask for the Acquisitions Division Team.

For Grants Involving Changes to Facilities or Grounds:

Administrative Procedures C19 must be followed and an associated completed C19-A form is required as an attachment to all grant requests requiring the modification of a facility or grounds. The cost estimate must be included in your proposal in the budget.  To learn more about the process, click here. This must be “in process” by the grant deadline.

The SAISD Foundation is committed to funding opportunities for employees of SAISD to implement innovative ideas to increase student success. Over the past 15 years, tens of thousands of students have benefited directly from the implementation of Innovative Grants across our schools and many successful grants have been replicated in other schools. Results from these grants have included increased grades, test scores, attendance, parental involvement, and student engagement. Check out the magic when we are able to deliver grants in-person. If you are an educator looking for ideas, click here for a listing of past Innovative Grant winners to spark your creativity on ways to meet student needs.

See below for some great information about the impact of receiving an Innovative Grant from grant winners and how community support can increase the impact through volunteerism from the surrounding community of where the campus is located! For this and other stories, follow us at