Great Idea Grants


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The Carmel Education Foundation (CEF) is proud to support Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) students in academic achievement and lifelong learning. Recognizing that educators play a significant role in a student’s education, CEF invests in classroom grants that support innovation, enhance student achievement, and inspire student learning. 


CEF has a long history of providing grants to carmel clay educators.

since 1966, CEF has invested over $1 Million in grants to benefit CCS students.


Great Idea! Grants are awarded in the fall and spring semesters, with recipients generally having one school year to implement their projects.  Focus areas are featured each semester and vary depending on Carmel Clay School priorities, curriculum releases, or school improvement plan guidelines. Additionally, teachers are always encouraged to share their ideas for a "passion project". An element of grant reporting includes providing photos, videos, or other representation of the "grants in action". 


Interested in sponsoring a great idea?

Community partners may invest in a grant that pertains to their business, area of expertise, or interest (i.e. The Generous Company Grant for Excellence in STEM Education, or Edna Smith's Grant for the Love of Literature, etc.). 
For more information and related benefits, please contact Jennifer Penix,