Get Funded

by the Eileen Finkel Innovative Teaching Grant



Only One Online Grant Application Period Each School Year

Open to all educators in Summit School District

Application Window: May 15 – September 15

Awards Announced:   October 1

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Who is  Eileen Finkel? 

Eileen Finkel was a longtime educated who strongly supported the innovative and creative ideas of teachers that enrich educational opportunities for children. The Innovative Teaching Award was created to honor her.


  • Grants will be awarded up to $2,500
  • Projects should support academic enrichment, innovation and creativity
  • Projects must be started within 12 months of receiving the award
  • Projects can be for a classroom, a whole grade, department, school, or district
  • Projects must have prior principal approval
  • Projects are selected by a committee EFS directors, SSD staff, and partnerships with PTO/PTA parents
  • Past projects have included:
    • Guest speakers, field trips for the arts, conservation center, historical museum
    • Hands on classroom kits/supplies/equipment for the classroom
    • STEAM (science, technology engineering, art & math) equipment
    • Classroom sets of books in English and Spanish (only $500 per school)
    • Enhanced technology supported by the district’s technology plan
  • Limitations:
    • Only $500 per school for books
    • No teacher salary or food
    • No classroom furniture
    • No bus transportation for required school district field trips.