Innovation Planning Grants

Posted: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 11:13am Updated: Mon, 10/17/2016 - 2:39pm

Innovative Planning GrantsThe Innovation Planning Grant supports Indiana public school corporations in the formulation of a plan for the thoughtful integration of technology into teaching and learning. Each grant recipient will receive 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. This will be the fifth cohort of grant recipients since 2012. The Office of eLearning is pleased to announce the opening of the 2016-2017 Innovation Planning Grant application on October 3, 2016. Applications must be submitted by close of business October 21, 2016. We will notify applicants with decisions on November 1, 2016. 

Consider applying for this grant if your district leadership is ready to embark on the complex process of implementing digital learning in a 1:1 setting. Awardees will develop a Comprehensive Plan to Implement a One-to-One Program informed by:

  • External vendor support: Corporations will need to complete two readiness assessments. One specifically on infrastructure or tech readiness and the other, an instructional audit, to give an overview of your schools’ learning culture and areas of professional development needs.
  • School visit(s): The team will visit at least one Indiana school corporation that has 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.


FAQ: If our district has a 1:1 in place, can we apply for this grant?
No. The innovation planning grant is intended for school corporations that have not implemented a 1:1. The Digital Learning Grant, which posts in the spring term, is for expanding or other iterations of existing 1:1 programs.

Eligibility: We anticipate awarding a maximum of 10 grants up to $30,000 each to Indiana public school corporations. Any corporation that already received an Innovation Planning Grant may not apply for this grant.

New to the application process? Jotform does not allow you to save work in progress. We suggest that you create a working document so that you can copy and paste responses when you are prepared to submit.

Scoring Guide:
Metric 1: 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? 25 pts

Metric 2: Has the corporation system invested in development of staff capacity in order to support pedagogical change towards building an innovative ecosystem for digital age learning? 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 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?  10 pts

District Information: As part of the application, we have a series of questions related to professional learning resources available to all corporations. These include:
Speak Up Survey
eLearning Admin Academy session(s) or Focus Forum
The Introduction to Online and Blended Learning Course or Lead In Cohort
Summer of eLearning conferences
State conferences such as HECC or ICE
IDOE Communities of Practice on Google+
The Future Ready Pledge

Leadership Team: We understand that in smaller corporations one person very well may fill multiple roles, but this team should ideally include the following:

The corporation Superintendent or a representative
The corporation Chief Financial Officer or business office representative
A corporation or building curriculum leader
The corporation Chief Technology Officer or technology director
A district or building professional development leader
Classroom leaders

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 - up to $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 Site Visit - 4 team members in 2 cars 75 miles round trip at $0.38/mile = $57
**Description:  ICE Conference - 2 team members in 1 car 72 miles round trip at $0.38/mile = $27.36; Registration (missed early bird discount) for 2 @ $125 plus $50 for full day workshops/registration = $350; Hotel - 2 rooms @ $163/night (tax included) for 2 nights = $652; Per Diem - 2 team members for 3 days [$26/day - ($6.50 X 4) deducted lunch provided at conference; lunch on your own for workshop day] = $130.

About the video component to the application:
Submit a 3-5 minute video to introduce your team and tell us what you want teaching and learning to look like in your corporation’s classrooms, and why you make a good candidate for this grant. This is meant to be a simple way to include your voice in the application, not an opportunity to showcase your technical video ability.

Upload your video to YouTube. For step-by-step assistance, click here.
Make your setting Unlisted. For more information on video settings, click here.
In the application, you will share the URL generated for the video. You can find this under the video’s Info and Settings or during the Upload status under “Your video will be live at.”
It will look like: http:/  

Note: We will not share the link outside of the grant reviewer group. At the end of the application process, you can remove the video or make the settings Private.

For questions about the grant, email Michelle Green

Previous grant recipients listed here.