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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

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.

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.

Application deadline: March 16th at noon.

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2021-22 Awarded Innovative Grants

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

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

“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

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?