Dec. 7 is deadline for Reaching Heights grants

Robert Swaggard

As teachers throughout the Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools strive to implement new standards, update teaching methods and deliver high quality instruction, Reaching Heights supports their efforts through a competitive grant program. The 2012–13 Innovation in Education grants are designed to fund K–12 projects that help redefine what innovation and excellence look like in CH-UH schools.

Reaching Heights will award up to $3,000 in grant funds. The grants may be used to cover equipment, materials and costs associated with activities outside the school building, inter-school collaboration and conference presentations. Proposals may request the full $3,000, or may request smaller increments, thus allowing more than one proposal to be funded in this grant cycle.

Proposals are due by midnight on Dec. 7 and will be reviewed by the Reaching Heights Grants Committee. Funding decisions will be announced at the Reaching Heights Annual Meeting on Dec. 12.

“This is the next chapter in the long story of Reaching Heights supporting the work of teachers in our district,” said Patrick Mullen, executive director. “Since 1990, we’ve funded nearly 300 projects through School Team grants totaling more than $280,000.”

The Innovation in Education Grant Program provides funding for projects that:

·        Implement an innovative means of teaching and learning

·        Have a direct impact on increasing student achievement

·        Collect and monitor data to show increased student achievement

·        Engage CH-UH community resources as collaborative partners

·        Make a positive impact on the CH-UH community

“Most of our earlier grant programs, while varied, had some focus on innovation,” said Bob Swaggard, a CH-UH program specialist and Reaching Heights board member who heads its grants committee. “The new Innovation Grant Program takes us back to our roots of encouraging ingenuity and creativity.”

The online grant application can be found at

Audrey Wynne

Audrey Wynne is a member of the Reaching Heights Board of Directors.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 3:33 PM, 11.30.2012