Innovative Technology Grant

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2020/21 ITEF Grant Session is Suspended

Because of the on-going uncertainty and hardships created by the pandemic and the additional burden it has created for educators, students, families, and the district budgets that support teaching and learning, ITEF has decided to suspend the 2020/2021 Innovator’s Grant Cycle.

ITEF knows that educators had to adapt on the fly and adjust to remote learning during a pandemic, all the while figuring out how to meet the many different needs of students. We know that in many districts and schools the devices, equipment, and infrastructure needed to make remote learning possible, were not available or in good working order, making innovative thinking difficult. We understand. We know that some remarkable innovating will take place over the next year and we invite you to begin assembling your teams to do your best and most exciting innovative thinking and planning for the 2021/2022 grant cycle. Lean Into Learning Grant opens on June 1, 2021, we hope you will apply.

Until then, we wish you good health and on-going learning

in·​no·​va·​tion | \ ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shən  \

Definition of innovation

1: a new idea, method, or device
2: the introduction of something new

Am I Eligible?

ITEF supports innovative proposals in the St. Louis area that positively impact student learning. Eligible schools include:

    • Accredited K-12 public, private and parochial institutions.
    • Charter schools. The following criteria has been established for Charter School applicants:
      • Operational for at least 3 years
      • Year to date Annual Performance Rate of 70% or higher (DESE APR Data)
      • Signed letter of support from Coordinator of Educational Support services at DESE
      • Signed letter of support from the university sponsoring the school
      • All of these are in addition to the eligibility standards already in place for applicants


    ITEF funds projects that are innovative, and which elevate learning and exploration. Although we see “innovation” as a mindset, we understand that the definition of innovation is relative and dynamic. We look for projects that engage students, push teachers, and generate excitement and enthusiasm for learning.

    • Grants are generally one year in length
    • Applicants should proceed with knowledge and support from their superintendent/head of school and their Information Technology department.
    • Grant recipients are asked to demonstrate compliance through quarterly reports, mid-project visits, and final reports.
    • Project proposals may support single grade classrooms, multiple grade levels, entire schools, or collaborations with a 501c(3) non-profit partner serving students and/or classroom educators from an accredited school or a charter school.

    Grant applications are reviewed and selected by the ITEF Board of Directors and staff.

    • Individual Scholarships
    • Annual Appeals, Endowments
    • Political Activities
    • Faith Based Organizations (unless supporting an accredited K-12 educational institution)