Classroom Grants

EEF Classroom Grant Program for the 2016-17 School Year

The deadline for proposals for the 2016-2017 school year closes on Monday, February 29, 2016.

Proposal Guidelines:
SUBMIT signed original PLUS 15 COPIES to the EEF office.
Incomplete or handwritten proposals will not be considered.

ONLY TUSD staff working directly with students are eligible to apply. Staff may collaborate with students and parents to apply for grant funds but only TUSD staff working directly with students may be listed as lead educators and team members on the grant application.

EEF’s mailing address: 3809 E. 3rd Street, Tucson, AZ 85716

Hand deliveries: EEF’s physical office is located on the 2nd Street side of St. Mark’s Church, in the 3800 block of 2nd Street between Dodge and Alvernon, just south of Speedway. Faxes or e-mails are not accepted. Please note mail slot in EEF’s north-facing door.

The purpose of EEF's Classroom Grant Program is to provide funding for classroom or library projects that expand curriculum beyond the standard educator delivery and student learning experience. ALL of EEF’s Classroom Grant projects substantively enrich classroom experiences, teach critical thinking skills, promote creative problem-solving, stimulate a lifelong interest in learning, model effective communication and collaboration, and explore concepts, ideas, and principles beyond the core curriculum.

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 TUSD educator seeking assistance in these areas, please contact EEF’s office directly for information about EEF’s programs that address these needs and how you can access them. EEF classroom grants may not be used to compensate TUSD teachers or staff for any purpose.

2016-2017 Classroom Grant Application Form (In PDF)

Proposal Categories

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

EEF General Fund Classroom Grant

$1,000 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 explore concepts, ideas, and principles beyond the core curriculum. (PreK-12) Please note, grants may be submitted for projects under $1,000.

Central Arizona Project (CAP) Environmental/Water Use Grant

$1,000 for projects that focus on water issues, the effects of water on our environment, water conservation, and environmental projects. EEF encourages projects that include enhancing classroom curriculum through existing school gardens or field trips to community gardens or farms. (PreK-12) Please note, grants may be submitted for projects under $1,000.

Jacob Eisner Memorial K-6 Creativity Grant

One $500 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 focus on humanitarian or human rights issues. (PreK-12)

Ora S. & Jane Davies Kindergarten Classroom Grant

$1,000 grants to support educational or cultural programs in a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten classroom. (K) Please note, grants may be submitted for projects less than $1,000.

Judy Burns Cultural Heritage Grant

In memory of Judy Burns, former TUSD Governing Board Member, up to $1,000 is available for projects (K-12) that brings lessons of culture and diversity into the classroom. Projects may include classroom projects that focus on students sharing their own cultural backgrounds through a classroom project that could include storytelling, self-publishing student books or creating a video or other visual presentations. Please note, grants may be submitted for projects under $1,000.

Judy Burns Understanding Government Grant

In memory of Judy Burns, who said, “Please register to vote! I know it may seem like your vote can’t possibly make a difference, but it does. Too many people think it doesn’t matter, please don’t be one of (those people.) People in other countries would literally die for that privilege. Americans have and still do die for the freedoms we have. I have voted in every election since 1969 when I turned twenty-one. I have voted when there has been one thing or dozens on the ballot. I have voted when I had to drive miles to cast a ballot. I have voted when I knew my choice had no way of winning. I have always voted.”

Up to $1,000 is available for projects that focus on raising political awareness among students, inspiring them to become involved in the governmental process. (K-12) Projects may include hosting student debates and mock elections, field trips to legislative bodies or the purchase of materials that assists teaching the political process to students. Please note, grants may be submitted for projects under $1,000.

Exceptional Education Grant

$250 for projects in an Exceptional Education classroom or setting. (K-12)

Proposal Guidelines and Pointers

  • Proposals must be for projects taking place during the 2016-2017 school year led by TUSD educators actively teaching in a classroom setting.
  • EEF’s Allocations Committee reviews and evaluates all proposals on an annual basis and notifies recipients in late March. Grants will be funded after July 1, 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New and continuing projects will be considered.
  • Proposals must be signed by the educator and by the school principal. Teams of educators may apply but a lead educator must be identified in the proposal.
  • If a teacher’s position or school site changes the applicant MUST contact EEF.
  • Application forms are available online at
  • Proposals (signed original plus 15 COPIES) must be typed and received through the US mail or hand delivered, by 5:00 PM, Monday, February 29, 2016. Faxes or e-mails not accepted.

EEF’s Classroom Grant Program is sponsored by:

  • Central Arizona Project
  • Donald Pitt Family Foundation
  • EEF General, 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
  • Judy Burns Memorial Fund

Past Recipients