• IPEI supports educators with innovative ideas that energize the curriculum and foster authentic learning experiences that reach all students. Our programs bring a diverse range of community resources into the classroom, stretching students’ imaginations, increasing engagement, and enhancing education.

    IPEI Grant Application Deadlines 2021-22

    Applications for Red and Gold and Teacher Grants are due by August 15, October 6, January 5, and March 16

    How do we decide which grants to fund?

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    Specific grants have specific criteria- see below for information pertaining to each grant. 

  • Connecting Classroom Grants

    Connecting Classrooms Grants are designed to encourage collaboration and innovation within the Ithaca City School District by developing projects that will have a positive impact on students and actively engage students.

    Applicants must be ICSD teachers or staff members, including principals and administrators.

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  • Red and Gold Grants

    Red and Gold Grants are one-time awards of up to $500 to ICSD teachers, staff, students or community members for projects, programs or performances that strengthen and enrich school’s curriculum.

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  • Teacher Grants

    Teacher Grants program provides funding up to $1,500 to ICSD teachers interested in implementing an innovative educational project, program or performance designed in collaboration with at least one community partner.

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  • Grants Committee Members

    Our grants process would not be possible without the thoughtful dedication of these individuals.
    Joyce Putnam, Chair
    Marge Brodhead
    Ann Caren
    Millicent Clarke-Maynard
    Linda Duttweiler
    Jennifer Engel
    Walaa Maharem-Horan
    Cheryl Mitchell
    Kathleen O’Neill
    Andrea Volkmar
    Deborah Whitehead
    Mary Grover & Lily Talcott, ICSD Admin Reps.
    Adam Piasecki, ITA Rep.

    Want to join? 

    Are you interested in being a part of our Grants committee? Email to learn more! 

  • Situational Grants

    Thank you for your interest in our Situational Grants.

    We are NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS at this time 

    Questions? email

    In keeping with our mission to connect our classrooms to the community and support teacher ideas, IPEI has created a special grant round to support our teachers and ICSD professionals during the current social-distancing and distance learning events occurring as a result of COVID-19.

    This funding will be made available to support the efforts of ICSD employees and benefits students who are
    participating in distance-learning programs. These grants will only be made available during a time period while ICSD schools are practicing remote

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  • Grants Archives

    Lists of past recipients of Teacher Grants, Red and Gold Grants, Connecting Classrooms Grants, and Community Collaboration Grants are organized by school years.

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