The Innovative Technology Education Fund’s (ITEF) 2015 grant cycle has opened, and schools and teachers in St. Charles County can now submit applications to receive grants to advance innovation and technology in their classrooms.
Since 2006, ITEF has provided in excess of $1.5 million in grants to area schools, allowing them to transform libraries into “makerspaces,” introduce robotics and animation to elementary art students, and put computers with advanced software in the hands of middle school students.
Last year, ITEF awarded a total of $358,543 through six grants averaging approximately $51,000 each. ITEF’s unique model allows them to use existing technology to provide access to innovative education tools for students. The nonprofit organization derives revenue by leasing a broadband signal it owns, and turns those funds into grants that benefit area schools. The organization also is able to use the signal to help some schools obtain portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices for students to use at home if they do not have Internet access.
Applications for the 2015 grants will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2015. Project proposals may support single-grade classrooms, multiple grade levels, entire schools or collaborations with a nonprofit partner serving students and/or classroom educators. Grants must be used in charter schools and accredited K-12 public, private or parochial schools.