Innovative Grants ProgramWe are pleased to announce the application for the 2017 Innovative Grants Program will be available here beginning December 1. Since 1996, Irvine Public Schools Foundation has awarded over $1 million in grant funding to support innovation in the classrooms. The Innovative Grants Program is made possible through the generous support of Parents Appreciating Teachers and Staff (PATS) program, Assistance League of Irvine, Cox Communications, Ellison, EnvisionTec, Exchange Club of Irvine, and Taco Bell Foundation.Applicants may apply for funding from three different categories. The Innovative Teaching Award Program (ITAP)supports innovation in the classroom while the Innovative Counseling Award Program (ICAP) provides funding for innovative school-wide counseling initiatives. The Mega Innovative Teaching Award Program (M-ITAP) offers educators a higher amount of funding to implement larger projects. In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, IPSF will be increasing the ITAP funding limit to $5,000 for all schools and offer five (5) M-ITAP awards at a total of $20,000 each. By doing this, we hope to provide educators an opportunity to create an even greater impact on their schools and classrooms through innovation.Applications must be submitted by Monday, January 30, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. Applications will be reviewed by committee members based on a specific set of criteria. Recipients will be notified early March and an awards reception will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017 at TAPS Fish House and Brewery (13390 Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA 92602) from 3:30-4:30 p.m.Please note that 2016 grant recipients must submit an evaluation form by Friday, January 27, 2017 in order for a school to apply for funding in 2017.