Classroom Grants

EEF 2020-2021 Classroom Grant Application Process

Grant Cycle: Monday, February 3rd, 2020 – Sunday, March 15th, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Grant Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.


The EEF Classroom Grant application process is done using the CommonGrant website.

Please use the links below to register if you are a new user, or sign back in if you are a returning user. Then watch the instructional video explaining how to apply.


Using the links below, you may register for Common Grant, or sign back on if you are a returning user:

First-time Users


Returning Users


Watch the video below for instructions on how to register and use the website.

Instructional Video



EEF classroom grants will not cover the cost of basic needs such as clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, general school supplies, or food. If you are a Tucson Unified educator seeking assistance in these areas, please contact the EEF office for information about EEF’s programs that address Basic Needs Support for TUSD students. 

Proposal Categories

(select one category ONLY; EEF reserves the right to re-categorize your proposal)


EEF General Fund Classroom Grant

Up to $1,000 available for projects that do not fall within any of the following categories, but that enrich classroom experiences, teach critical thinking skills, promote creative problem-solving, stimulate a lifelong interest in learning that explores concepts, ideas, and principles beyond the core curriculum. (PreK-12)
Library Power Grant

Up to $1,000 available for projects that incorporate collaborative planning and teaching by librarians and teachers utilizing library resources. (PreK-12)

Healthy Choices Grant

Up to $1,000 available for projects that focus on healthy menu choices, including lessons on growing and preparing healthy food.  Projects may include school gardens, field trips to gardens, markets and restaurants. (PreK-12)

Jacob Eisner Memorial K- Creativity Grant

One $500 grant available to K-5 teachers for projects that develop elementary school children’s creativity through special projects. (K-5)

Ray Davies Humanitarian Classroom Grant

One $500 grant available for a project that focuses on humanitarian or human rights issues. (PreK-12)

Ora S. & Jane Davies Kindergarten Classroom Grant

Up to $1,000 available to support educational or cultural programs in a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten classroom. (K)

Exceptional Education Grant

Up to $1,000 available for projects in an Exceptional Education classroom or setting. (K-12)

Stocker Family Fine Arts & Literacy Grant

Up to $1,000 available for projects that supplement core curriculum with fine arts and literacy. (PreK-12)

Powered by TEP STEM Grant

Up to $1,000 available for STEM-based projects. This may include resources for STEM related projects and curriculum, field trips to communities that enrich the understanding of STEM, projects that promote the importance of STEM fields, etc.  (PreK-12)

NEW! GEICO Supports Local Teachers 

Up to $500 available for educators to fund items that enrich the classroom. Items such as special lab equipment, supplies for classrooms and special projects, supplemental reading materials, calculators,recording equipment, etc. (PreK-12)

Proposal Guidelines

1.    Proposals must be for projects taking place during the 2019-2020 school year led by TUSD educators for TUSD students.

2.    ONLY Tucson Unified staff & educators are eligible to apply. Staff may collaborate with students and parents to apply for grant funds. However, only TUSD employees may be listed as lead educators and team members on the grant application.

3.    EEF classroom grants may not be used to compensate Tucson Unified teachers or staff for any purpose.

4.    Teams of educators may apply but a lead educator must be identified in the proposal.

5.    EEF’s Allocations Committee reviews and evaluates all proposals on an annual basis and notifies recipients in April. Grants will be funded after July 1, 2019.

6.    Proposals are awarded on a competitive basis according to the strength of their originality and thoughtfulness, available funding, and the clear articulation of their specific learning goals as they relate to curriculum enrichment.

7.    Clearly state the proposed project’s learning objectives, discuss how you will achieve these objectives and how you plan to assess your effectiveness in achieving these objectives.

8.    Be sure your budget is clear and understandable. Funds must be spent as stipulated in the proposal budget. All expenditures must be supported with physical receipts. Funds must supplement, not replace, state or local funds; funds cannot be used to compensate teachers or other TUSD staff.

9.    New and continuing projects will be considered.


If a teacher’s position or school site changes the applicant MUST contact EEF

EEF's Classroom Grant Program Sponsors

EEF General and Exceptional Education categories are funded by proceeds from EEF’s Celebrity Spelling Bee

EEF Ray Davies Lifetime Humanitarian Achievement Award Luncheon


Jacob Eisner Memorial Endowment

Ora S. & Jane Davies Endowment

Stocker Foundation

The Martin M. Wandrey Fund

The Monsanto Fund

Tucson Electric Power (TEP)

Past Recipients

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