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Grants for Excellence

Our goal with the program is to keep students engaged and excited about learning while simultaneously improving their performance and furthering Escambia County School District's goals outlined in the Strategic Plan. We also hope to increase retention of teachers by offering professional development in cooperation with various departments.

Grants for Excellence are funded by the Escambia County Public School Foundation and matching grant funds from the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program. Grants are available for teachers of students in grades K-12.

Grants for 2022-2023 will be awarded in the priority areas:

    • Career/Technical Education
    • Increasing Graduation Rates
    • Literacy
    • Low-Performing Students
    • STEM Education
    • Teaching Quality

Please be sure to read and follow all instructions before proceeding with the application process.

Levels of Funding

This year there will be two levels of funding:

      1. High Impact Grants (HIGs) - $2,000 - $5,000
      2. Teacher Opportunity Grants (TOGs) – $500 - $2,000

Project focus and guidelines for High Impact Grants: (Up to $5,000)

      • Teachers are encouraged to collaborate across grade levels, subject areas, departments, or even schools to further the academic goals and vision of the District; however, only one Priority Area can be selected.
      • In collaborative efforts, one teacher shall be designated as the Lead Teacher. The Lead Teacher is responsible for keeping track of receipts and submitting the mid-year and end-of-year reports and evaluations.  Should the Grants Committee have any questions, this is the person they will contact. Please note that the higher the amount requested, the higher the number of students that should be impacted.

Project focus and guidelines for Teacher Opportunity Grants: (Up to $2,000.00)

      • Projects should focus on any one of the Priority Areas that engage and excite students about learning while simultaneously improving their performance and furthering Escambia County’s District goals.

There is no limit to the number of Teacher Opportunity Grants (TOGs – up to $2,000) or High Impact Grants (HIGs – up to $5,000) that may be submitted from each school. However, only one HIG per school will be awarded. A total of $80,000 will be awarded in TOGs and HIGs.

All grant awards will be used for the purchase of supplies, materials, other equipment, hardware, software, or travel to support the project.

    • Priority will be given to grant proposals that clearly link District goals and focus on:
      • Original, creative and innovative teaching approaches that address student needs.
      • Appropriate, complete, and detailed budget.
      • Defined outcomes with clear objectives stating what students should know and be able to do at the end of the project.
    • Any technology that is requested MUST be appropriately incorporated and vital to the project.

How to Apply

Application Requirements

    • All applications must be submitted on time, be complete, and follow all directions.
    • Official applications for the 2022-2023 process will only be accepted using the online system.
    • Anonymity is crucial to the fairness of the process. Mentioning names (school, student, mascot, school newspaper, personnel) in the body of your grant request or anywhere will result in application disqualification.
    • Funds for the project should not be available through the regular school budget or District budgets.


1. Register

Click on the "Register" button and complete and submit the registration form.

2. Login

Login to the award with your email and password.

3. Create

Create your online application.

4. Save

During the Call for Applications period, your application can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the application is saved. At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, save your Submission as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your application for your records by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the Grant deadline, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.

If you require assistance or additional information, please contact Jo McArthur, Executive Director ECPSF.

Common Questions When Funded

How do I complete the mid-year report with funds that have been set aside to spend in the spring?

Please provide explanation with detailed information about how and when the monies will be spent.

What if expenses change from the proposed budget?

Excess funds must be returned to the Foundation at the time of the mid-year report. You may purchase additional materials related to the project, as long as those materials follow the guidelines of allowable expenditures. The mid-year report will include information about your budget, expenses and changes related to the changes.

What if I have lost a receipt?

Contact the vendor (supplier) for a copy of the receipt. Expenses will not be reimbursed or invoices paid without receipts or documentation of expenses.

If I spend all funds prior to mid-year reporting, do I have to submit a year-end budget?

If you completed the mid-year report and all funds were expended or returned to the Foundation, you do not need to resubmit your budget documentation with your year end report. You will receive notification if you have not spent all of your funds. If you have approval to spend your funds after December's mid-year report, then you must do your budget report with your final report.

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Key Dates

Application Open:
Aug 22 - Sept 16, 2022
Sept 16 - Sept 26, 2022
Notification of Receipt:
Sept 30, 2022
Monies Disbursed:
Sept 30 - Oct 3, 2022
Monies Spent & Reported by:
Dec 16, 2022
Mid-Year Report Due:
Dec 20, 2022
Final Report Due:
April 30, 2023

Contact Us

Escambia County Public Schools Foundation
30 E Texar Drive
Pensacola, Florida 32503
Phone: 850 469 5354