Innovative Teaching Grants

The Innovative Teaching Grants program provides teachers and coaches with the resources and tools needed to impact student achievement within TISD. The goal is to directly support the needs of the teacher(s) and their classroom by bringing innovative technology or creative, original, and out of the box learning practices into the learning environment.

Each year, teachers from campuses across TISD submit grant applications to fund their ideas and teaching innovations. The Innovative Teaching Grants program brings these ideas to life in the classroom and the lives of the students when other funding may not be available.

Over the years, TEF Grants have served TISD teachers, students and parents by:

  • Introducing new instructional technologies
  • Closing student achievement gaps
  • Creating enhanced learning environments

2020-2021 Grant Descriptions


BBVA’s Charitable grants program is designed to respond to the needs of low and moderate income people and neighborhoods. Strong consideration will be given to grants that target individuals with low-to-moderate income and that addresses the pressing needs in Pre-K-12 education through curriculum-based programs. Grants up to $9,000 will be considered for this grant.


The Grande Cares Club is an employee-giving program that funds non-profit organizations in their service areas. Grande employees donate their time and a percentage of their pay to support the program. Grant applications for the Grande Cares grant should be focused on providing education through access to computer technology and/or positive initiatives for at-risk youth. Grants up to $2,500 will be considered for this grant.

Temple/Belton Board of Realtors

The Temple/Belton Board of Realtors is pleased to offer an unrestricted teaching grant to a TISD teacher chosen by TEF. Grants up to $1,000 will be considered for this grant.

Leadership Temple

Leadership Temple, a professional development program for emerging community leaders, has given TEF a grant for TISD to help maximize the learning experience for TISD students. Grants up to $2,400 will be considered for this grant.

H-E-B MyCommunity Investment

The H-E-B My Community Investment grant is made possible through HEB’s Tournament of Champions. This grant will be given to a project that makes a visible and positive impact on a campus. Areas that are prefered by the HEB Community Investment grant are education, literacy, the arts, diversity, health initiatives, and environmental programs. Grants up to $2,500 will be considered for this grant.

Innovative Teaching Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches to accomplish program objectives. The Temple Education Foundation (TEF) offers all Temple Independent School District (TISD) staff an opportunity to apply for grants to fund innovative programs or projects to support higher levels of student learning.



Who Can Apply

TISD employees involved in the instruction of students or direct support services may apply as an individual or team of individuals. The application must be approved by the campus principal or department supervisor.


What Will We Fund

Eligible Grant Proposals

TEF will only consider applications that fund classroom materials; parent involvement programs; or any other activity that supports student academic achievement.

Not Considered for Funding

Grants requesting funds for travel, food, employee salary, or school field trips will not be considered. General requests for textbooks will not be granted because of Texas textbook laws; if your project requires these types of materials explain fully the need and why they are not currently available through TISD.


Selection Criteria

New projects receive preference over existing, already awarded grants. The grants will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • The degree to which the proposal is clear and logical.
  • Represents a creative and innovative approach to teaching.
  • Develops programs that would expand the existing curriculum.
  • Clarity of description of ideas and implementation procedures.
  • Preference will be given to new projects, as opposed to existing projects

Award of Funds


Grants of up to $5,000 can be awarded to individuals, campus teams, or departments.

Grants up to $10,000 can be awarded; however, to be considered for a grant of this amount it must impact a large population of students on a campus.

The number of awards given will depend on funds available from TEF.

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