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Have an innovative idea that will help your students soar?

Grant Cycle 1 of 2024-25 is Open!

Application Deadline: August 23 at 9AM

Innovative Grant Priorities

HEF funds projects that:

  • Are innovative and creative
  • Have specific measurable outcomes
  • Will target needs of challenged students
  • Include unique ways of using technology and 21st century learning
  • Focus on increasing achievement and self-efficacy of all students

Application Requirements

All applicants must schedule a grant consult with HEF Program Officer Erin Daniel prior to applying. Applications will not be accepted from applicants who do not complete the grant consult. Contact Erin at to schedule your consult or if you have questions about HEF’s grant program. Applications should reflect school and district instructional goals.

Applicants must be full-time HCPS staff members. We do not accept applications from organizations outside of HCPS.

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Awarded Innovative Grants

To learn more about these innovative grants and see photos, click on the links:

Elementary Schools:

Middle Schools:

High Schools:

Other schools/departments:

Effective grants include a great idea, money to support it, a step-by-step implementation process and final outcomes—a proven formula for success!

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Awarded Grants

Program Officer
HEF Innovative Grants and Educational Initiatives
(804) 877-9415
email Erin

Is my idea grant-worthy?

Some questions to consider:

  • What specific problem(s) will my grant project address?
  • What data do I have (or can obtain) that shows this is a problem?
  • What makes my project innovative?
  • How many students will be impacted?
  • As a result of the project, what outcomes do I hope to achieve?
  • What will be included in the project budget?

“HEF Innovative Grants are accelerated, proof-of-concept projects that generate key insights into the future of Henrico schools through promoting greater equity, academic effectiveness, and student engagement.”

Jon Gregori, Innovative Learning Specialist - HCPS Teaching, Learning and Innovation