Educational Technology Innovation Grants

Educational Technology Innovation Grants

Views on Learning (VOL) provides an opportunity for schools within our designated Educational Broadband Service areas to apply for grant funding to purchase innovative technology for student use.  VOL awards a total of up to $250,000 per year to schools annually throughout our service areas. Grants are competitive and eligible schools may receive up to $25,000 (based on enrollment).  The grant application timeline is April 1st through May 15th, with grants awarded by June 1st.  VOL may announce additional grant opportunities as funds permit.  All grant applications must be submitted using VOL’s Online Grant Application Portal

Eligible Applicants

Public or private schools must be located in a Views on Learning EBS Service Area to be eligible for the grant and must be accredited by their state department of education.  At the beginning of the online grant application, applicants will enter their zip code to determine eligibility.  Only one grant per school or district will be considered during the annual application window. 

Funding Priorities

Grant funds must be used to support the purchase and set up of technology and technology related items for use in direct academic instruction.  Priority will be given to applications that articulate the need and how the use of technology will enhance student learning.  Additionally, applicants must agree to use Views on Learning Educational Broadband Service to supplement existing Internet connectivity either at school, home, or in other educational settings (up to ten devices will be granted at no charge to grant awarded schools).  Priority will be given to the purchase of additional technology and technology related items, including hardware, software, and supplies typically used in conjunction with such hardware and software.  Grantees may not use any funds for administrative purposes.

Individual Grant Limits (based on enrollment)

Enrollment Funding Level
0-150 $7,500
151-300 $10,000
301-450 $15,000
451-600 $20,000
600+ $25,000

Application Review and Award Notification Process

Grant applications will be reviewed and scored by a Views on Learning grant review committee. The scoring rubric is available for download on the Grant Application page.  The rubric is based on a 90 point scale and awards will be given to the top scorers.  In case of tie, additional information may be requested from the applicants.  Views on Learning will notify each applicant of the outcome of the review process (using the contact email in the grant application) and whether its application will be funded.  Funds will be dispersed within ten (10) days of the grant award announcement.

Grant Follow-up

Awarded schools are required to respond to a survey (sent about one (1) year after award)  evaluating the effectiveness of the grant in relation to the submitted goals and objectives.  This information will be used to assist VOL in evaluating the effectiveness of our grant process and the various technologies being provided.

VOL may request photos and/or video of the granted technology in use for promotional purposes.

For more details, visit our Grant Information Page.