Public Education Foundation of Marion County supports new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Our goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures. We have learned that the best teaching methods come from our greatest assets – our educators.

Since its beginning in 1987, the Public Education Foundation’s Grants for Great Ideas program has awarded more than 1,100 grants to teachers and principals in support of teaching innovation, impacting more than 200,000 students.

These grants serve not only as funds for school and classroom projects, but as incentives for educators to get further involved in writing grant proposals to other groups to strengthen public education in Florida.

The Grants for Great Ideas program has enabled us – teacher-by-teacher – to build a community of learners capable of making real improvements in classrooms and schools. In total, $1,645,103 has been awarded through teacher and principal grants.

Information sheets and application forms for educators and principals in Marion County Public Schools is available yearly.

The funding for Grants for Great Ideas for the 2021-2022 school year has already been awarded, but details for how to apply for funding for next school year will be available starting May 6, 2022.  Check back at this site!

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Funding for Grants for Great Ideas is provided through a partnership with the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program administered by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation.