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TEF grants fund educational experiences for students and staff in Thompson School District.

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Great Idea Grant

Great Idea Grant

TEF awards Great Idea Grants to TSD teachers and staff for the purpose of implementing an innovative project within education and instruction to enhance the student learning experience. A teacher or staff member may be selected to receive a grant up to $2,000.

Application period:

The 2022-2023 Great Idea Grant application will open January 5, 2022.

2020 - 2021 Grant Recipients:

  • AlleyOop Goals (Jill Fitzpatrick, Mountain View High School)

  • Eagle Brew - Coffee Shop Student Business Enterprise (Erin Bender, Thompson Valley High School)

  • Zen Zone (Diane Arnette, Berthoud High School)

  • Inner Balance Emotional Well-Being Project (Zac Traver, Turner Middle School)

  • Padcaster Multimedia System (Kaitlyn Chambers, Cottonwood Plains Elementary School)

  • Tuck In Tuesday (Amy Gerhard, Early Childhood)

(Access code: GREAT IDEA)


Founders Grant

TEF awards Founders Grants to Thompson School District schools for student-centered experiences that take place school-wide, not just in a specific classroom. Grant requests up to $2,000 will be considered and will be issued to schools, rather than individual teachers. The amount of funds awarded may vary from year to year. TEF will consider grant requests exceeding $2,000 on a limited basis.

(Access code: FOUNDERS)

Application period: Pending for the 2021-2022 school year.


Additional Information:

  • Grant applications may be read by non-educators, so avoid educational jargon and acronyms. It is beneficial to provide background information on programs, curriculum being used and general information that may not be known by people reviewing the application. 

  • All grant projects must adhere to TSD policies and procedures. Projects are reviewed for safety and legal concerns and may be denied based on either of these criteria.

  • Any equipment, materials or supplies purchased with Founders Grant Funds become the property of TSD.

  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report of their project and receipts to the foundation by May 31, 2020. Report guidelines and format will be sent to each to each recipient. Failure to provide the required report by the deadline will disqualify the applicant for future TEF grant consideration. TEF will pay a visit to the recipient's classroom during project implementation to shoot video of the activities, which will be shared with others at TEF events and online. Details will be provided to grant recipients.

  • The following are NOT funded by Founders Grants:

    • Grants to individuals

    • Teacher re-licensure

    • Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or is currently covered under the school's budget

    • School fundraising events (fun runs, bake sales, silent auctions, etc.)

    • Sponsorship of school fundraising events (table purchases, centerpieces, decorations, etc.)

    • Registration fees/transportation for student attendance at conferences, events or camps. 


2019 - 2020 Grant Recipients:

  • Productivity Station (Mike Pintaric, Loveland HIgh School)

  • Thompson Student, Parent & Coach Connection (Kevin Clark, District)


Encore Grant

TEF awards Encore Grants to previous Great Idea and Founders Grant recipients that can show growth opportunities in their funded projects. Encore Grant applications for 2021-2022 are intended for Great Idea of Founders Grants that were awarded in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 granting cycle. TEF will award up to $1,000 for Encore Grants.

Application period:

The 2021-2022 Encore Grant application will open January 5, 2022.

(Access code: ENCORE)


Windows on the World (WOW) Travel Grant

The Windows on the World (WOW) Travel Grant provides a teacher or teachers with up to $3,500 to complete an educational travel experience to a domestic or interantional destination. The experience is expected to enhance the teacher's classroom skills, expand curriculum options, and benefit students. When possible, the teacher's gained skills and knowledge should also be shared with their peers in the school and throughout the district.

This grant is sponsored by the Hiatt Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Jeff & Mary Hiatt committed to the grant program as a way to extend their gratitude to the teachers who were so influential in the lives of their children, as well as to recognize and honor the exceptional work of all teachers in Thompson School District.

Application period:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions and uncertainty, the application Summer 2022 application window is TBD.


WOW Grant Recipients:

  • 2020 - Laura LaBelle (Mexico)

  • 2019 - Aspen Lindley (Africa) & Kristie Livermore (France)

  • 2018 - Amy Pasch (Canda) & Justin Muir (Italy)

  • 2017 - Laura Light-Kovacs (Hungary) & Simon Hoepfner (Spain)

(Access code: WOW)