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Have an innovative idea that will help your students soar?

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

For 2022-23 priority is given to projects designed to:

  • Increase student achievement especially in science and mathematics
  • Address school challenges including attendance and student engagement

Application Requirements

Schools wishing to apply must send a representative to one of the Grant Consult Workshops:

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 5 pm – Tuckahoe Public Library

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 5 pm – Fairfield Public Library

Applications will not be accepted from schools who have not attended one of these sessions.

After attending the workshop, please fill out the Intent to Apply form. After that you will receive a follow up email with a link to the grant portal.

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

Applications should reflect school and district instructional goals.

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?

2021-22 Awarded Innovative Grants

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Making the Makerspace An Equitable Experience for All

Tuckahoe Middle

Ready for School!

Holladay Elementary

Tigers Roar in Every Language!

Trevvett Elementary

Full STEAM Ahead

Skipwith Elementary

First Readers' Club

Arthur R. Ashe Jr. Elementary

Wildcat Den

Deep Run High

A New View in an old Classroom through the lens of Virtual Reality

Adams Elementary

Sensory Seekers: Fostering a Safe, Supportive Climate

Rivers Edge Elementary

Read to Succeed Book Vending Machine

Montrose Elementary

Treat Train Helping Hands Program

Tuckahoe Middle

Rethinking Paper & Pencil in the Virtual Classroom

Henrico Virtual Academy

Salvaging Sisterhood

Henrico High

Unifying Students through Music with Ukeleles

Twin Hickory Elementary

Cougars with Charisma

Carver Elementary

4 Houses/1 Ward: Building a Sense of Community

Ward Elementary

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

“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

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