2014 Technology Mini Grants for Colorado Teachers
Technology Mini-Grant Program Description and Application All Colorado Public School Teachers, grades PreK-12, are invited to apply
View our Fall 2013 Tech Mini-Grant Teacher Recipients
View our Spring 2013 Tech Mini-Grant Teacher Recipients
View our Fall 2012 Tech Mini-Grant Teacher Recipients
View our Spring 2012 Tech Mini-Grant Teacher Recipients
View our Fall 2011 Tech Mini-Grant Teacher Recipients
The Jared Polis Foundation is committed to enhancing technology learning opportunities for Colorado’s children. Through its partnership with the Community Computer Connection, computers donated by individuals and corporations are refurbished and distributed to schools and nonprofits for a small administrative fee. Based on feedback received from many recipients, the foundation has created a technology mini-grant program to enhance and expand the utility of these computers or other existing classroom technology. Grants for up to $1,500 may be requested for hardware, such as digital or video cameras, interactive whiteboards, and interactive response systems, tablets, e-readers, chromebooks or to purchase software, technology curriculum, or pay technology conference registration fees. Teacher applicants can request tablets and chromebooks, but they should not request wi-fi access or capital improvements to support technology. Because the Community Computer Connection provides computers, requests may not be made for laptop or desktop computers.
Teachers can request technology for themselves only. Please do not apply on behalf of colleagues in your school; they need to request technology directly in order that the review committee can assess how they will utilize the technology as well as their experience using the technology. In other words, teacher applicants should not request technology for an entire department, all teachers in a given grade level, or for whole school use. Teachers may share the technology when they are not using it themselves. However, it is primarily for their use.
The technology requested must be used by the teacher applying for it. Teachers, not technology specialists, coordinators or grant writers, should apply.
We do offer a maximum award of up to $1,500, but please be thoughtful in your request. Most of our grants fall below the $1,500 maximum. If you are requesting multiple numbers of the same technology please be specific in the application on why you need this exact amount (i.e., why do you need 10 IPod Nanos? Or, 3 IPads?). We recommend no more than 3 teachers from the same school apply in the same grant cycle; we will be unable to fund more than 2 teachers from the same school in the same grant cycle. Please be aware that teacher applicants with the greatest need for the requested technology will be the highest priority for support. If you already have the technology in your classroom but want more of it be very descriptive in your answers as to why you need the additional technology and how it will make a positive impact in teaching and learning in your classroom. Provide examples of how the technology will be integrated into your lessons and units.
Please do not send more than 4 completed pages, including the application questions. Provide examples in how you will utilize the technology, your school/district support, and your technology experience, but be concise. The review committee will not read applications with more than 4 pages.
Please complete the application and submit via email by 5:00 PM (MST.) Please email one PDF attachment and include your full name in the PDF title. Late applications will not be accepted.
March 7, 2014
We will confirm that we received your application via email. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 36 hours then we did not receive your electronic submission. You will hear from the review committee regarding a possible grant by April 30, 2014.
November 7, 2014
We will confirm that we received your application via email. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 36 hours then we did not receive your electronic submission. Your will hear from the review committee regarding a possible grant by December 19, 2014.
* Please Note: We will notify you of the review committee’s decisions via email; please make sure to check your SPAM email around the date of notification. Often emails are directed to SPAM via strict school district spam filters.
If you are a grant recipient, your school will receive the restricted grant in order to purchase the technology. The school owns the awarded technology and it should be used primarily by the teacher grant recipient. If the teacher recipient leaves the school the technology stays with the school.
If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org