Innovation in Schools Grant Program

Plateau offers opportunities for schools and school staff within its Cooperative service area to obtain financial support to improve teaching and learning activities. School districts, schools, departments within schools, teacher groups or individual teachers can request a grant for a maximum of $5,000 to foster innovation in teaching with a special emphasis on the use of broadband internet as a learning tool. Multiple applications from the same school or school district will be considered, as long as the requests are clearly separated and for different purposes.

Innovation in Schools Education Grant Requirements

  1. Awards are limited to schools which are located within the Cooperative service area.(Click here to check eligibility).
    Note: The purchase of retail communication services outside the Cooperative service area does not qualify.
  2. The grant awards shall not exceed $5,000 per application, and funds must be spent for the purposes identified on the application. Substitution of other expenditures which are different from the application is permitted only with written approval from the Board of Directors.
  3. Schools within the Cooperative service area may utilize the education grant for costs of materials, consulting fees, equipment, travel or other approved purchases which will enhance the ability to improve teaching and learning activities.
  4. Applications for grant funds must be authorized by a bona-fide school district or administrative entity.
    Note: Individuals administering the funds must not derive direct, personal benefit from the award.
  5. A completed application form, a summary list of items to be purchased with the total cost for each item, and supporting documentation detailing the planned use of the grant funds must be submitted for review and approval to the Education Committee of the Board of Directors. Final approval will be made by the entire Board of Directors.
  6. Expenditures for items detailed on the application must be completed within 12 months from the date of the award. Receipts for the actual expenditures shall be submitted to Plateau. Failure to submit proper documentation of expenditures may result in future denial of requests.
  7. Requests for grant funds in amounts up to $5,000 may be submitted during the course of the calendar year (January 1- December 31) or until such time the fund is depleted.
  8. Multiple grant requests from the same entity that are uniquely different and independent from one another may be considered for separate funding, at the discretion of the Board of Directors’ Education Committee, as long as it is within the guidelines described above.
Innovation Grant Application
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