Great teachers have great ideas. Together with you, the Hilliard Education Foundation wants to bring those ideas to life and help teachers and students do more! Each year, the Foundation will choose the best ideas and award grants to make them happen.

Keep reading to find out more information about applying for a grant.

Give now to support creativity and passion in our teachers and students!

We WILL fund:

  • New, innovative or unique learning opportunities for students
  • Projects not supported through traditional funding sources
  • Requests of $10,000 or less (this is an increase from previous years)
  • Opportunities with clear linkages to district-approved curriculum

We WON’T fund:

  • Author Visits
  • Transportation costs
  • Staff salaries, stipends or substitute costs
  • Consumable supplies (i.e. t-shirts, food)
  • Purchase of equipment to simply expand a current program with no new element
  • Continuation or repeat of an existing program (artist-in-residence excluded)
  • Individual Professional Development

Special Grant Opportunities
The following grants are provided by donors who have designated additional specific criteria. You must meet all the criteria above and the following to be eligible for these grants.

  • The Jessica Grové Fund for the Performing Arts. This grant will support High School performing arts programs.



  • Summary Page (aka Letter of Intent) – Last Friday in January  
    • Review our 2024 Grant Guidelines to make sure your idea is eligible.
    • Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) – a one page summary of your idea – anytime throughout the year but no later than the last Friday in January.
      Your LOI will be reviewed and feedback given the first week of the following month.
       Letter of Intent Form
  • Grant Application – February 29, 2024
    • The LOI isn’t a prerequisite to applying for a grant but is intended to provide feedback to applicants while preparing the grant application.
    • All grant applications must be received no later than February 29th. HEF Grant Application.
  • Notification of Award – April 30th
    • Applicants will be be notified of funding decisions by April 30th.
  • Next Steps after receiving a Grant
    • Applicants who are awarded a grant should submit a completed  Payment Request Form in order to receive funding.
    • Applicants should not pay for grants and then seek reimbursement from the Hilliard Education Foundation. Doing so will lead to forfeiture of the awarded grant.
    • Funds must be requested within one year of a grant award.

Congratulations 2023 Grant Winners

In 2023 the Hilliard Education Foundation awarded four grants with a total of over $25,000 awarded and impacting thousands of students in Hilliard schools.

Innovation Lab
Horizon Elementary
The goal of the Innovation Lab project is to develop immersive learning experiences focused on inspiring and engaging children through hands-on exploration. This STEAM project will enrich students by providing meaningful learning tasks in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to promote critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, and innovation.

Regulation Room
Hoffman Trails Elementary
Will create a safe and comfortable space for students to use when they are experiencing heightened emotions that are interfering with their ability to learn. Emotional regulation is essential for student success as students are better able to focus and learn when they are regulated. This room will provide students with a quiet place where they can utilize tools and practice coping strategies so they feel more in control and are able to return to class ready for learning. 

Every Student, Without Exception – Life Saving Ability CPR/First Aid Certification
HSCD High Schools
When it comes to life-or-death situations, communities benefit when there are more skilled hands assisting in life saving measures. This project will allow students in Hilliard City Schools to earn the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/First Aid Certification (CPR) as part of health class, which is a course requirement for graduation. Allowing every student to earn this certification creates impact by building a stronger and safer community, while also providing part of 12 total points of industry-recognized credentials in all career fields, which is a pathway to graduation for all students.

Engineering our Future
Darby Creek
This project will allow students to explore engineering basics in an ongoing and regular way. Through hands-on manipulation with an engineering wall, students will see futures in the engineering field. Students will explore building, gears, force and motion, and engineering basics. They can also ask questions and learn from the experts during an engineering lunch.