Posted: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 11:13am Updated: Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:08pm

The Innovation Planning Grant supports Indiana public school corporations in the formulation of a plan for the thoughtful integration of technology into teaching and learning. Since 2012, recipients of this grant have received up to $30,000 to support professional development, technology readiness assessments, and other resources. The Innovation Planning Grant is funded by the state through the David C. Ford Technology Fund.  The application was closed at 4 p.m. EST, Friday, May 26, 2017.

Grant Focus

Awarded public school corporations will develop a Comprehensive Plan to implement a 1:1 program informed by:

External vendor support: The school corporation will need to contract a vendor(s) to complete two readiness assessments. Districts may have previously done preliminary self-assessments. The external audits must include:

  1. Infrastructure or tech readiness audit. You may have completed the Future Ready self-assessment for a Robust Infrastructure.

  2. Instructional audit to give an overview of your schools’ learning culture and areas of professional development needs. You may have completed the Future Ready self-assessments for Personalized Student Learning; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Space and Time; and Personalized Professional Learning. Multiple data points should be used for the audit, including class visits, focus groups, and surveys.

School visits: The leadership team visits at least two Indiana school corporations identified by the Office of eLearning as having already successfully launched/implemented a 1:1 initiative.  

Professional learning: The leadership team will participate in varied learning opportunities offered by the Office of eLearning and other organizations.


Applying for this grant signals that you are ready to embark in the complex process of implementing digital learning in a 1:1 setting. It is likely that your leadership team has already researched and envisioned a range of new potentials for learning in your schools. You may need resources to further investigate and assess models that embrace the new vision. You are poised to move into the planning stage of implementation and develop a foundation for that vision being realized. The work is not solitary. You will need to engage with all stakeholders, partner with outside evaluators to complete infrastructure and instructional audits, and work as a team toward capacity building. At the end of the grant year, your district will be prepared to implement the plan you develop.

Eligibility: We anticipate awarding grants up to $30,000 each to districts that completed the 2017 Indiana Tech Plan and indicated that they are studying or considering a 1:1. Any district that already received an Innovation Planning Grant may not apply for this grant.

Scoring Guide:
Metric 1: Has the corporation system invested in the development of staff capacity in order to support pedagogical change towards building an innovative ecosystem for digital age learning? 25 pts
Metric 2: Does the application indicate that all stakeholders are invested and willing to support the movement of their corporation as they create a plan to increase the integration of digital tools and curriculum?  25 pts
Metric 3: Does the corporation identify a leadership team representing a balance of roles/perspectives? 20 pts
Metric 4: Does the corporation show evidence that they would be able to develop a useful planning document? 20 pts
Metric 5: Does the corporation propose a vision for the integration of technology into teaching and learning that is aligned with their district vision and mission for learning? 10 pts

Budget Considerations:

This grant is not for purchasing large scale 1:1 student or teacher devices. Awarded monies are to be used for external vendor audits, professional learning, site visits, and exploratory devices or resources. According to state guidance, budgets should be concise but also detailed with respect to costs and quantities.  Any travel billed to this grant must follow Indiana travel rules:

  • Gas Mileage - $0.38/mile

  • Per Diem - $26/day and only on trips longer than a day. 

  • Lodging - $89 + tax/night unless you are attending a conference and you can get the conference rate.


*Description: Center Grove - 6 team members in 2 cars 75 miles round trip * $0.38/mile = $57
**Description:  ICE Conference - 2 team members in 1 car 76 miles round trip * $0.38/mile = $28.88; Registration for 2 @ $125/registration = $250; Hotel - 2 rooms @ $163/night (tax included) for 2 nights = $652; Per Diem - 2 team members for 2 days = $52 = Total $982.88

Grant Period

Application Closes: May 26, 2017, 4 p.m. EST
Notifications: June 2, 2017
Fiscal Begin: September 18, 2017
Comprehensive Plans Due: September 7, 2018
Fiscal Close: September 14, 2018

For questions about the grant, email Michelle Green

Previous grant recipients listed here.