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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 grants that support innovation, enhance student achievement, and inspire student learning. 

The Fall Grant Application will be open August 9, 2021 - September 17, 2021; notifications by October 14, 2021.


Funding is to benefit students in one of these Four focus areas:

  • Innovative Instruction- unique and new ways to foster learning, deliver lessons, or engage classrooms; implementation of a "passion project" that correlates to a learning standard, school improvement plan, or district initiative.
  • STEM- innovative lessons or resources that foster student engagement related to science, technology, engineering, math or Project Lead the Way curriculum.
  • Wellness- physical or mental wellness projects, lessons, or activities to promote health and well-being.
  • Learning Recovery- initiatives to support recovery from disruption due to the pandemic; activities or resources that enable students to meet their learning targets.

Applications will be accepted from:

  • Individual certified educators.  
  • Teams - including grade level, departments, or building team. Must include one designated lead person who is a certified educator.
  • Collaboration- includes representatives from at least three different departments/areas (i.e. a counselor, classroom teacher, and specials teacher).  Must include one designated lead person who is a certified educator.

Award amounts:

  • Individual- up to $700
  • Team and Collaboration- up to $1,500

Application Process:

  • Review Grant Overview and FAQ's 
  • Receive all necessary approvals prior to completing application.
  • Submit Google application by 11:59 p.m. on September 17, 2021. (Please use school email account and we recommend Google Chrome browser.)


Contact Tara Ascioti, CEF Grant Chair at or Jennifer Penix, CEF Executive Director,


Application OPEN AUGUST 9- September 17, 2021
Print version of FALL 2021  application(for reference only) 



Copy the budget worksheet by clicking on the link below, selecting "FILE", "save a copy", inserting your information, and saving as a pDF as:  lname_ fname_budget_project title

fall 2021 grant budget worksheet

download the report below, sign, save as a pDF as:  lname_ fname_agreement_project title and upload in your application where indicated
FALL 2021 grant and media agreement

fall 2021 grant report (subject to change)