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School & Classroom Enrichment Grants

The grant application window is now open for the 2020-2021 school year.


Use Crowdfunding to Support your Innovative Idea

Hillsborough Education Foundation uses an automated online grant application platform that allows teachers and principals to post school projects or programs to seek funding from HEF and the community. Hillsborough County Public Schools teachers and administrators may submit applications for consideration. Project requests must be at least $100 and cannot exceed $2,000.

Hillsborough Education Foundation has dedicated dollars to help fund innovative classroom and school projects. These projects help excite young minds beyond what some school budgets may allow. We encourage those who submit an application to promote their project to garner support through email, Twitter and Facebook using a designated link for each project.

Instructions for Grant Applications

Our downloadable instructions will walk you through the application process.

To apply, you must register using your district email address, then complete your project application(s). Once an application is submitted, it will go through a two-step approval process. The first step is for your principal to approve or deny the project via an automated email. Next, Hillsborough Education Foundation will review it.

Once your application is approved, you will be contacted and the project will be posted to the public site. Please keep in mind that all funded projects must be completed by April 16, 2021 and the required online impact report and teacher thank you letter must be submitted into the system at that time. Student thank you letters and photos of the project are also encouraged.

Your submitted application will be visible to the public, so be sure to make it interesting and use language that the general public (your potential donors) will find compelling. Please note that this is a new application system; as we learn from feedback we will strengthen our processes. Please refer to this instruction page throughout the year for procedures.

You must notify the Hillsborough County Public Schools Grants and Research Operations (GRO) office of your intent to apply for funding by submitting a Grant Application Notification form via IDEAS at least two weeks prior to submitting your grant. Go to District => District Forms => Grant Application Notification. This Grant Application Notification form must be completed for each opportunity that you pursue.

Teachers, you can register and login to our online funding platform here.

Click here to see what projects were funded in the 2019-2020 school year.