How We Use Funds


Innovation Grants

The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation’s mission, “Bringing Great Things to the Classroom”  is fulfilled through the Innovation Grant process.

The 2018 Innovation Grant application will open on March 5th at 9:00 am and remain open until 9 am on Tuesday, April 3rd.  

Every year, educators in the district apply for funding for a variety of creative projects, innovative instructional methods, and state of the art technology to enrich classrooms and boost student success. Innovation Grants put the tools of exploration, imagination, and creativity into the hands of students. Grant funding for the past two years has topped $35,000.

Grant Guidelines

  • Grant requests should not exceed $2,500.
  • Applications should be completed from the online application here.
  • Applications will be accepted beginning at 9 am on March 5.
  • Purchases cannot be made until after July 1, 2018

2018 Dates to Remember

  • Innovation Grant process begins at 9 am on March 5
  • Closing date for submissions is 9 am on April 3
  • Principals rank and submit requests by April 13
  • Innovation Grant Selection Committee will complete review by April 27
  • Awarded grants will be announced by May 18
  • Purchases cannot be made until after July 1
  • Funds must be expended by October 31, 2018. If not expended by that date, the funds will be returned to the GBEF for other purposes unless an extension is granted.

Project Types

  • The GBEF funds projects that are innovative, engaging, and enhance learning, exploring and imagination including apps and extensions providing enrichment or learning practice.
  • Projects that benefit more than a few students.
  • Projects that include a ticket number/approval from our Tech Department if a download or technology is required.
  • Projects that have the approval of the school district if you are requesting general or intervention curriculum resources.
  • Projects that do not include funding for salaries (including bus drivers and substitute teachers).
  • Projects that do not request funding for food, event, clothing, or contest prizes.
  • Projects that do not request funding for standard classroom materials such as art supplies, PE equipment, or textbooks

Here are the 2017 Innovation Grant Recipients:

Natalie Wolf, Kelly Creek –  $2392 for 8 iPads to be used with 2016 Innovation Grant for Wonder Workshop robots.
Elizabeth Rossmiller, Kelly Creek  –  $920 for flexible seating for use in technology-rich 3rd grade classroom.
Jennifer Carvajal, Kelly Creek – $241 for reading QR codes for digital access to read aloud book titles in the classroom.
Myranda Doering, Kelly Creek –  $690 for BrainPOP for three 5th grade classrooms.
Shara Nagel, Clear Creek Middle School – $1162 for Math Manipulatives to align with Ready Math curriculum.
Tom Erickson, Clear Creek Middle School – $93 for Automata Books to be used in STEAM classrooms to add artistic skills to current curriculum.
Shannon Murdock, Hollydale Elementary – $2451 for LEGO Machines & Mechanisms for classroom science instruction in 3rd & 4th grade.
Kelly Deatherage, Deep Creek Damascus – $350 for short high interest novels with contemporary themes for middle-school students reading below grade level
Brad Cook, Gresham High School – $610 for Graphics Art Monitor for GHS’ Graphic Design classroom
Robert Winters, Gresham High School – $1687 for science probes and monitors
Crystel Weber, Gresham High School – $2250 for 10 Chromebooks
Karissa Slack, Gresham High School –  $2274 for 6 iPad minis
Olivia Green, Gresham High School – $2396 for graphing calculators
Lisa Cavanagh, Gresham High School – $280 for dry-erase boards for student use
Daniel Burroughs, Structured  Skills Center – $900 for iPads
Karen Long, North Gresham –  $1000 for Mystery Science curriculum