Situational Grants

  • Thank you for your interest in our Situational Grants. Situational Grants have reopened and anticipate being available until the end of May. 

    We look forward to reading your application. 

    Questions? email

    Situational Grants

    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 for the benefit of students participating in distance-learning programs. 

    In a time of change, growth, and challenge, IPEI stands with our teachers, schools, and students.


    We are providing funding of up to $500 for ideas which:

    Provide teachers with access to funding to institute, develop and/or maintain learning in a distance-learning environment.

    Provide funding to allow support staff, like social workers, Special Ed teachers, etc., to help students facing unique challenges in the current situation.

    Note: Any class or grade who has already received a Situational Grant will not be considered for an additional grant. 

    IPEI is currently funding 16 Situational Grant requests, totaling $5,535 in funding. 


    Lit Circles; Mary Bronfenbrenner @ Ithaca High School

    This Lit Circle Unit had been planned for the end of the year, but we do not have enough or any copies of all the desired books.


    Distance Learning Support; Lisa Alexander @ Ithaca High School

    Requesting support for products purchased to aid in teaching online during the opening weeks of school closure.


    Distance Mathematics; Shaun Errichello @ Ithaca High School

    Students get access to video lessons on every aspect of our algebra 2 course and every Regent’s question ever asked on the common core exams.


    Getting Tommy Orange’s There There into the Hands of IHS Students During COV-19 2020; Mike Reiff @ Ithaca High School

    This grant will fund the purchasing and shipping of copies of Tommy Orange’s novel There There for IHS ENG 102 Students (and will procure copies of the novel for future cohorts of IHS Seniors).


    Let’s Create; Jill Browne @ Enfield Elementary School

    I would like to provide each 5th grader with provisions to make and create at home.


    iPad for Enhanced Distance Learning; Jake Chernikoff @ South Hill Elementary School

    The use of an iPad and associated tools would allow me to enhance the richness and effectiveness of learning for my students.


    Situational Grant- Hands On!; Anne Modlin @ Beverly J Martin Elementary School

    Providing hands-on materials and books to all my students.


    PreK to the Museum!; Kelly Craft & Stephanie Kibbe, ICSD PreK teachers; @ICSD schools*

    Supporting a virtual trip, pre- and post-trip activities for all Pre-K students to the Johnson Museum.

    *Funded in conjunction with The Discovery Trail’s Buddy Up program


    End-of-year “performance” videos; Ross Mizrahi @ South Hill Elementary School

    I am going to create videos of students performing songs “together!”


    CHES 3rd Grade STEM Projects – at home; Spencer Hill and the 3rd-grade team @ Cayuga Heights Elementary School

    Engaging our 3rd graders in fun, practical, design-and-build STEM activities while they’re away from school.


    Situational grant- Digital Reading; Paula Long @ Beverly J Martin Elementary School

    Purchase digital books to keep our students reading.


    Art Supplies for elementary school students; Marsha Acerra @ Caroline Elementary School

    This grant will provide art supplies to students which will allow them to participate in distance learning art lessons.


    Earth, Moon, Sun Supplies; Amy Eckley and the 5th-grade team @ South Hill Elementary

    We will be studying the fifth grade science standards around the earth, moon, and sun, and in order to achieve both an academic understanding and increase motivation, we want to provide students with supplies that they can use for the active engagement portion of these lessons.


    Art and Latin American Research; Amy Eckley and the 5th-grade team @ South Hill Elementary

    In connection with a research project on a Latin American country, the students will make a 3-D map of their country and use color to show elevation, and the students would work with the art teacher to plan and create a piece of art modeled after Mexican bark paintings, a kind of folk art.

  • More information and application documents below.

    Applications may be submitted in MS Word, PDF, or Google Doc format. 

    Applicatiosn should be mailed to or shared with

    Thank you for your interest in our Situational Grants. At this time we are not able to accept new applications. 

    We have funded 16 projects in the past month and are currently evaluating our ability to fund additional grant requests. 

    We will update our program status in a week. 

    Questions? email

    Summary Document for IPEI Situational Grant Funding
    Situational Grant application (Google Doc) (Click File, make a copy and complete)
    Situational Grant application (MS Word)