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Innovation Grants

SchoolForce Innovation Grants – Overview

SchoolForce Innovation Grant (SFIG) applications for the Fall 2019 grant cycle can be submitted between September 15th and September 30th. Great teachers are always looking for ways to expand their instruction and engage their students. Innovative teaching is important – but it can be expensive. For the 2019 grant cycle, staff members can apply for grants of up to $500 per person to inspire, facilitate, and empower BRSSD staff to think outside the box and develop new and exciting instructional methods and projects. Collaborative grants are also encouraged with a cap of $2500.

Who is eligible to apply for innovation grants?

To qualify, SchoolForce Innovation Grants (SFIG) applicants must be:
• Actively employed as a teacher or staff member by the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District during the 2019-2020 school year
• In good standing with outstanding grant criteria, i.e.: if you have received a grant in previous years, you must have complied with all aspects of previously awarded grants

What is the application process and timeline?

Read and understand grant guidelines, eligibility, and grant timeline. Fill in the SFIG request form below and submit between September 15th and September 30th, 2019. The grant will be reviewed and applicants will receive a response by the middle of October, 2019. Grants must be initiated and all work completed by the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

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1. The SchoolForce Innovation Grant (SFIG) Program is meant to creatively engage students, directly relate to curriculum, and impact the learning atmosphere.
2. Applicants should read and understand grant guidelines, eligibility, and grant timeline.
3. Only one application is permitted per person/group for this Fall 2019 grant cycle.
4. Applicants need to have full support from their supervisor for this project application and its implementation.
5. The budget for the SFIG application should not include expenses incurred before SFIG approval nor non-academic items. Grants cannot include substitute expenses, food or other items which do not comply with the BRSSD health and wellness guidelines, gift cards. Technology requests must be compliant with the BRSSD technology policy and be able to be supported by the district technology staff.
6. Amendments to approved grants are permitted upon written request by the applicant and approval by the SFIG review committee.
7. Applicants must initiate and complete all work outlined in their SFIG description by the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
8. Following completion of the project, applicants will provide SchoolForce with a short wrap up report summarizing project status and successes/failures.
9. Any unused grant money will be returned to SchoolForce for future grant cycles.
10. If an applicant does not comply with the conditions of this program, it is necessary to reimburse SchoolForce for grant funds, up to the total grant awarded.
11. Any non-compliance with terms and conditions of grants will render the applicant ineligible for future grants applications.

Fall 2019 – Innovation Grants Application

Fall 2018 – Approved Innovation Grants


  • Lunchtime Lounge (LL) program to improve library facilities for student use during the weeks the library is closed.
  • Classroom Wireless microphone system.
  • Orton-Gillingham Multi-Sensory Instruction Materials – to support kids with learning differences at all elementary grades.
  • iFLY field trip in San Francisco to support the implementation of STEM in a new and exciting way for Mrs Zanotto’s 3rd Grade Class.
  • Flexible Seating in a Classroom Setting for 2nd grade.
  • 2nd Grade STEM materials.
  • National Geographic Mega Construction Engineering Set for Mrs. Gray’s 4th grade classroom
  • Maker Space Consumable Materials for Ms. Better’s 4th grade classroom.
  • STEM Learning kits for Kindergarten.
  • Microscopes and science materials for 1st grade classes
  • Fifth Grade STEM Projects
  • Worm Farming for 4th, 5th science project


  • STEAM Foundational materials for TK
  • Learning Specialist Lexia Core 5 Personalized Learning Program to support reading
  • 4th and 5th grade science materials
  • STEAM materials for innovation and engineering projects in 3rd grade classrooms.
  • Flexible Seating for 4th grade classrooms


  • Flexible Seating for 4th grade
  • Multi-cultural themed books for 2nd grade
  • 4th and 5th grade science materials that integrate an engineering-based design project into each study unit.
  • Music player for morning exercise time for 2nd graders.
  • Flexible seating for Kindergarteners


  • Book Club Books from Columbia Teacher’s College for 6th Grade.
  • 8th Grade Non-Fiction Books
  • K-1st Grade materials: Egg Incubators, letter sets and magnetic dry-erase boards, materials to support STEM learning.
  • 3-D Printer for Mr. Fox’ 4th grade class
  • First Grade trip to the California Academy of Sciences
  • 6-8th grade science equipment including a water rocket launcher and an infrared thermal camera.
  • 4th Grade math workshop games
  • STEM Activities for Kindergarten.
  • Speech Pathologist iPad for Tk-7thth grade students.
  • Spech Pathologist Visualizing and Verbalizing Training, Lindamood Bell
  • 5th Grade Hamilton Theater production
  • Worm Farming for 4th, 5th science project


  • Old School Animation Kit for Mr. Pomeroy.
  • Theraputic Support Services materials
  • NSTA conference for Ms. Gow
  • Ms. Tajima’s Building Multi-Cultural Awareness materials for 6th and 7th grades.
  • Frog Dissection Materials for 6th grade science classes.
  • Flexible seating for Ms. Ross classroom
  • Student Career Awareness Program for Ms. Ross, Mr. Snyder
  • Code Combat pilot program for computer programming, Ms. Sveda
  • Science: Heredity curriculum, Ms. Welter
  • Math 6th and 7th teachers: Mistake Game materials

Redwood Shores Elementary

  • Preschool physical education curriculum materials
  • Maker space materials for Ms. Bleeker’s 3rd grade classroom
  • Flexible Seating and Breakout EDU curriculum for Ms. Cobb’s 5th grade classroom.
  • Flexible seating for Ms. Cobb’s 2nd grade classroom
  • STEAM supplies for Ms. Baldonado’s 1st grade classroom
  • Flexible Seating and Collaborative Learning Spaces for 4th grade
  • Flex seating for 5th and 3rd grade classroom
  • Mini iPad for TK instruction
  • Speech/Language Pathology Materials


  • Technology to support new Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project for 1st grades.
  • Mini iPads for Kindergarten
  • Color Printer for Learning Center
  • 6th and 7th Grade History Fair materials
  • Mini iPads for 2nd grade classroom
  • Books for 1st grade social and emotional learning
  • 6th Grade “One World” Conversation program with Ms. Burtschell
  • 6th and 7th Grade Yoga and Mindfulness in PE
  • Science Specialist Sheep Heart Dissection project.
  • STEAM Materials 2nd, 4th and 5th Grades
  • Science materials 6th and 7th grades
  • Kindergarten STEM materials
  • 6th Grade Future Space class by Mr. MacArthur