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Innovation Grants

Grant Overview

Innovation Grants are designed to support teachers, administrators and all District employees in their efforts to develop, improve or expand opportunities for high school students to learn and excel in education. Grants can be from $300 up to $1,500 each, awarded to support innovative programs that strive to increase interest and academic achievement in all curricula.

Who Can Apply

Applicants may be teachers, administrators, student committees, or any District employee.

Click here to download the Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Innovation Grants will be awarded to eligible programs implemented for the CURRENT school year. Grants awarded must be used before the end of the current school year, unless the Applicant specifically requests to use the grant at a different time (and states the reasons to do so) and the Foundation specifically awards that request. Programs that will be in place for the summer months can also be eligible – but this must be noted on the Application.

AWARD NOTIFICATION DATE:

Ongoing, usually within 30 days of submission.

 

PAST INNOVATION GRANTS AWARDED

2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR (To Date)

PUHSD Art Making Workshop
$950 supporting a day-long workshop for PUHSD students to meet and learn from professional artists.

Bioscience Newspaper and Broadcasting Club
$500 supporting the increase of multimedia capabilities and allowing students to have more access to career-building technology.

South Mountain High School Theatre Program
$790 supporting theater students through providing a Childsplay teaching session which will engage them in kinesthetic learning, connecting themes and classroom curriculum to the content of the their upcoming production.

Carl Hayden Book Studies Program
$500 to provide books to 51 teachers to enlarge their understanding of beset practices and enhance their teaching style.

Trevor Browne High School Musical
$1,000 supporting the annual musical by helping to provide scenery, costumes, lighting, props, etc.

Metro Tech High School
$500 to support the ESS Vocational program by providing items needed so the students can design, create and sell printed items.

2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

Experience PUHSD Expo
$1,500 supporting a District-wide student recruiting and marketing event to showcase the many opportunities available to thousands of future high school students, which took place November 5, 2016.

Trevor G. Browne High School Theatre Student Musical
$500 supporting their annual Student musical.

AP Mock Exam
$1,600 supporting the annual Mock AP Calculus exam which assists students from across the District in preparing to take the AP exam.

2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

Experience PUHSD Expo
$1,500 (supporting a District-wide student recruiting and marketing event to showcase the many opportunities available to thousands of future high school students, which took place November 7, 2016 at Phoenix College.)

Greater Phoenix Music Festival
$1,500 (showcasing the talents of student musicians through their annual concert, as well as expert instruction from experienced professionals).

Senior Portfolio Show at Cesar Chavez High School
$500 (exhibiting the achievements of high school seniors – as put together and defended by those seniors).

Biosphere 2 Field Trip
$500 (exposing students to scientists living in the biosphere and the difficulty in creating a closed system that can keep people alive).

Thespians: Projecting the Future
$500 (using the power of high-school theatre to teach life skills such as collaboration, leadership, oral communication, dedication and creativity).

Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Project Challenge
$500 (introducing students to S.T.E.M. learning by researching, designing and building one of eight projects to be presented at regional and state competitions).

 

2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

Experience PUHSD Expo

$1,500 (supporting a District-wide student recruiting and marketing event to showcase the many opportunities available to thousands of future high school students).

Greater Phoenix Music Festival

$1,500 (showcasing the talents of student musicians through their annual concert, as well as expert instruction from experienced professionals).

AVID Transition to College Program

$1,000 (increasing participating in the AVID program and promote academic achievement and empower student success).

Amusement Park Physics

$500 (exposing students to physics by making measurements of velocities, forces, accelerations, and distances on attractions and rides at Castles & Coasters).

Thespians on Wheels

$500 (using the power of high-school theater to motivate academic performance and life choices).

Senior Portfolio Show at Cesar Chavez High School

$500 (exhibiting the achievements of high school seniors – as put together and defended by those seniors).

Self-Balancing People-Mover Project

$500 (introducing students to S.T.E.M. learning by building “Self-Balancing” two wheeled people movers that individuals can stand on and maneuver).

Falcon Robotics

$500 (toward designing, modeling, constructing robots and writing software for the robot, and competing against other schools).

AP Mock Exam for Math

$400 (preparing students to take the advanced placement exam for math by staging a practice exam with guidance from an AP reader).

 

2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

Experience PUHSD Expo

$1,500 (supporting a District-wide student recruiting and marketing event to showcase the many opportunities available to thousands of future high school students, which took place January 25, 2014 at Phoenix College.)

Phoenix Union Visual Arts Program

$1,500 (recognizing the artistic talents of District students through their annual arts show).

Greater Phoenix Music Festival

$1,200 (showcasing the talents of student musicians through their annual concert, as well as expert instruction from experienced professionals).

Trevor Browne Thespian Society

$500 (providing students the opportunity to participate in all facets of putting together a theatrical production).

AP Mock Exam for Math

$400 (preparing students to take the advanced placement exam for math by staging a practice exam with guidance from an AP reader).

Desiderata Hiking Club

$400 (giving students an introduction to disciplines such as life sciences, geography and photography, as well as encouraging the importance of health).

STRENGTHENING OUR COMMUNITY BY

INVESTING IN STUDENT SUCCESS.

Our Sponsors

The purpose of the Phoenix Union Foundation for Education is to provide post-secondary education scholarships and innovation grants for the Phoenix Union High School District via fundraising efforts, such as an annual dinner and golf tournament.  The Foundation’s mission is “Strengthening Our Community by Investing in Student Success.”

The alignment of the Foundation’s mission with that of the Districts will influence college attainment metrics and student success in college, career and life.