GFIT Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE is Monday, May 16th at 5 p.m. You must use the username and password provided to you after you submit your intent to apply form to save and return to your application. 

Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT) is a signature project of the Junior League of Dallas (JLD) designed to encourage and support excellence in teaching. Grants will enable teachers in the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) to implement ORIGINAL and CREATIVE projects not funded by Dallas ISD school budgets.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY TO FULLY UNDERSTAND GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS.

Guidelines for Completing Application:

  • Grant applications must be complete and comply with stated deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted. Complete applications must include signatures from appropriate school principals.
  • Programs/Projects submitted in a grant application should demonstrate creativity and innovation in educational programming (e.g., subject content, teaching method, student experiences). Applicants should not seek funding for programs typically funded through the Dallas ISD budget or through grants from other foundations.Thoughtfully consider the evaluation component of your grant application. Each grant funded will need to be measured by tangible metrics to determine its effectiveness.
  • Thoughtfully consider the evaluation component of your grant application. Each grant funded will need to be measured by tangible metrics to determine its effectiveness.
  • Information presented in the grant application should be clear and concise. Make sure the project and tasks are well-defined.Many JLD researchers do not work in the education field. Please define all acronyms and education-specific terminology used within the grant application.
  • Many JLD researchers do not work in the education field. Please define all acronyms and education-specific terminology used within the grant application.
  • Proofread the grant application carefully for consistency across the project description, timeline and budget.Please ensure that subtotals and the total within your budget worksheet are correct.
  • Please ensure that subtotals and the total within your budget worksheet are correct.

Award Range: Grants may be awarded in an amount up to, but not to exceed  $2,000. The number of grants funded will depend upon available funds each year.

Application Deadline: Monday, May 16, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Applications are available online at www.jld.net/gfit. Only complete applications will be considered. Facsimile or email applications will not be accepted.

**PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUBMIT A COMPLETED BUDGET FORM (INCLUDED HEREIN) WITH ALL GRANT APPLICATIONS.**

Notification of Recipients: Review of the applications by the JLD takes approximately 12 weeks from the application deadline date. Applicants will be notified no later than August 14, 2016 if their application has been accepted or rejected. Each applicant will be notified by phone and by mail at their school address. The JLD Grants for Innovative Teaching Committee will make site visits during the school year to observe and evaluate the projects. Grant recipients must submit an evaluation of the project no later than April 15, 2017.

Date for Awarding Funds: Grant recipients will receive an invitation to an awards ceremony to be held no later than September 30, 2016. Funds will be disbursed in the form of a check to the recipient at the ceremony. Funds must then be deposited according to Dallas ISD procedures within five (5) days of the receipt of the check. Grant monies will be distributed through the school’s activity fund. Grant recipients must comply with all Dallas ISD procedures to receive funds.

Length of Project All grant recipients must implement and complete their GFIT projects between September 1st and April 1st of the academic year in which funding was received.

Texas Instruments’ Sponsorship of GFIT: Texas Instruments (TI) is building an ecosystem of innovation by supporting student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Through classroom technologies, TI is creating environments that expand teachers’ instructional resources, inspire learning, improve student performance, and increase active classroom participation. Teachers who submit grant proposals in the STEM subjects are encouraged to creatively leverage use of technology.

Applicant Eligibility: Grants may be awarded only to educators (1) within Dallas ISD, (2) for the education of Dallas County students, and (3) at a particular Dallas ISD campus. Applications from principals, assistant principals, counselors, curriculum coordinators and other educators will be accepted. Applicants may apply individually or as a grade-level and/or subject-matter team. In the case of a team-based proposal, a Lead Educator must be designated to assume the overall administrative responsibility for the project, and all related correspondence will be directed to that person. Only one application per educator will be accepted. Therefore, an educator who applies for an individual grant may not then apply for another grant as part of a team. Once a grant has been awarded, if the grant recipient leaves the school for any reason, the grant will remain with the school, and the school will be responsible for finding another educator to implement the grant.

Eligible Projects: All grants should be original, creative, and innovative projects that would not otherwise be funded by Dallas ISD.  Requests for (i) food, beverages, or refreshments, (ii) travel/transportation not associated with funding for a field trip, (iii) incentives, awards, or honorariums, (iv) medical research, (v) teacher conferences and professional development, and (vi) religious or political causes or donations will not be funded. In addition, requests for technology ONLY (i.e., technology associated with traditional, recurring classroom activities) will NOT be funded. Technology may be included in a project budget, but it must be a part of a unique project with specific lesson plans, objectives and anticipated results. Requests for building or landscaping improvements are considered to fall within Dallas ISD funding and should not be included in a grant proposal. An applicant’s description of the proposed project must describe the quantitative and/or qualitative methods that will be used to evaluate the success of the project.

NOTE: JLD does not reimburse for sales tax.  Products purchased with grant funds become the property of Dallas ISD.

Additional Information For further assistance, you may contact the Grants for Innovative Teaching Committee Chair by email at gfit@jld.net.  Please note that emails will be returned within a period of 48 hours.