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Great Idea Grant


Great Idea Grants award grants to staff who want to implement an innovative project in education and instruction to enhance the learning experience of students in Thompson School District. Individual teachers or other professional staff may be selected to receive a grant of up to $2,000 for their classroom.

The application window for 2017-2018 Great Idea and Encore grants is open! Please apply before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017. Only electronic versions of the applications will be accepted and can be found Here. Read tips and suggestions for writing your grant Grant Info Sheet


TEF has awarded classroom grants (formerly known as Creativity Grants) since 1999. During that time, the foundation has granted over $130,000 to teachers implementing innovative ideas to drive curriculum in their classrooms. Successful Great Idea Grant applicants demonstrate an out-of-the-ordinary approach that supports student achievement or well-being to enhance the educational experience for Thompson School District students. Encore Grants are awarded to projects that were previously funded by a Great Idea Grant and can demonstrate continued project growth with a second year grant.

The Great Idea Grant recipients for the 2016-2017 school year are: 

Loris Osier & Jennifer Solt, Thompson Valley High School
Project: The Write Life Literary Magazine

Judy Modlich, Truscott Elementary School
Project: Inspiring Success Through College Athletes 

Michelle Malvey, Lincoln Elementary School
Project: Mobile Innovation Stations 

Kristen Miles, Ponderosa Early Childhood Center
Project: Experiencing the Lives of Children Around the World 

Jennifer McDermid & Lisa Adams, Thompson Valley High School
Project: Integrating English and Biology