The Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation is providing additional support for SAUSD educators through the SPARK mini-grant program. Apply now for up to $1,000 for in-classroom educators, both certificated and classified.

Deadline to apply is October 17, 2022


  • • Grant awards announced November 18, 2022
    • Grant project implemented Spring semester, 2023
    • Summary and slide show/video due June 1, 2023

2022-23 Awards


Grants provide up to  $1,000 to educators, both certificated and classified, for new ongoing projects that have no other available funding source. Educators must make a compelling, innovative case about how their proposed project will advance student learning in the classroom, support students’ attainment of their educational goals, and integrate into existing or future curriculum, instructional methodology, or educational programs.


Grant categories identified are: Math/ Engineering, Reading/Writing, Technology/Science, Arts/Visual Performing/Media, Parent Outreach, Field Trips. Teachers of special subjects like physical education are also eligible to apply. 


Recipients of  the 2022-2023  Spark Innovation for Learning Grant are asked to provide a one-page summary describing how they used the funds and what the grant has accomplished. This, along with a classroom video or slide presentation, is due June 1, 2023.

To apply

Applications must be submitted on-line before October 17, 2022

Grant requirements

  • Equipment purchases remain the property of the Santa Ana Unified School District, with designated usage by the awardee while the awardee is serving the designated student population identified in the grant application, for work related to the grantee’s employment in the school district.
  • Grant funds will be distributed directly to SAUSD into a grant account for the expenditures related to the special event or activity, or for the particular item(s) to be purchased through the District.
  • A final report must be submitted including documentation of the activity, outcomes, and photos, within 60 days of completion.
  • Grant recipients must wait a complete academic year before re-submitting another grant proposal.
  • Applicant teams of no more than a total of three educators may apply, and collaboration must be a key element of their proposal.
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