Grants for Ideas

The purpose of the Grants for Great Ideas (GGI) program is to support individual educators or groups of educators in their design and implementation of projects supporting literacy—broadly defined:

“The ability to read, write, and use numeracy, to handle information, to express ideas and opinions, to make decisions and solve problems, as family members, workers, citizens, and lifelong learners.” [17]

Applications are only accepted electronically through this Google Form submission. Prior to submission, all applications should receive approval for their project from their individual principal. All Bay District Schools and Charter School personnel are eligible to apply.

2023 Grant Cycle Dates
July 20 – Sept 4 Grant Portal Open
October 1 – Awards Announced
March 15 – Spending Deadline
May 15 – Reporting Deadline

Types of awards

Junior League Excellence in Education Grants
The Junior League supports $1,000 grants to local educators to design and implement special learning activities for students. Designed to encourage innovation and build excitement, the projects focus on improving learning in academic areas.

STEM Grants
STEM grants are $1,000 grants to support individual educators in their design of classroom activities in STEM education. Proposals must either be problem-based or product-based and may be enhancements of current existing activities or new projects.

Arts Alive Grants 
Arts Alive grants are designed to support performing arts in local schools, using funds from our annual Arts Alive event. These $1,000 grants are most often used for expenses associated with music, theater, and dance instruction; however, other disciplines employing music, theater, or dance are invited to apply.

Literacy Through the Visual Arts Grants
The Bay Education Foundation uses proceeds from Arts Alive to fund grants for educators who use the visual arts to promote student learning in academic disciplines. Art teachers and others using visual arts in the classroom are invited to apply for these $1,000 grants.

Jeri Pankhurst Council on Exceptional Education Grant
The Council for Exceptional Children supports one $1,000 grant for a classroom teacher of students with disabilities to implement a project to improve instruction. One grant is awarded each year.

The Bay County Audubon Society
The Bay County Audubon Society sponsors classroom grants for projects with a nature theme/subject matter. Broadly encompassing projects involving birds, butterflies, turtles, dolphins, fish, insects, plants, rocks, gardens, relevant instructional materials, and the like, and through general pursuit of environment education, the Bay County Audubon Society aspires to get students interested in learning about the great outdoors through nature and outdoors based projects that incorporate a literacy component.