Innovation Grants


The Innovation Grants program is the primary way money raised by the AEFI is distributed. With money raised by the AEFI Benefit, the AEFI awarded more than $72,000 to the Ashland Public Schools last year and more than $418,000 in the past five years.

All teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and principals from the Ashland schools are eligible to submit grants for review.  Proposals are encouraged which demonstrate innovation, are collaborative and have the potential to have broad impact upon the school. Equal consideration is given to proposals that are designed for an individual classroom or program. All proposals must promote rigor, provide challenge for all students and enrich students’ educational experiences.


Grants are reviewed and scored by a Innovation Grants Committee made up of several AEFI board members, community members and educators.  Final approval by the Board of Directors is based on score and available budget.

See this year's Innovation Grant winners!


What are Ashland’s teachers and administrators saying about the Innovation Grants Program?

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“The students love the Google Expedition/VR experience! The headsets allow students to be immersed in experiences and places from around the globe. Fifth grade students have come face to face with Manta Rays on the Great Barrier Reef. The Google Expedition/VR headsets allow Mindess students to listen to books and be transported to places they are learning about. It’s transformative!”   --Claudia Bennett & Lisa Lamphier, Mindess Runs the World, 2019 Innovation Grant Winner


“The unit increased cultural awareness and created a new “excitement” throughout the student body…We plan on continuing this unit in years to come - every year that we teach this unit we foresee it becoming more popular.” --Dan Powers & Bethie Ledoux, Cricket, 2019 Innovation Grant Winner




 “The AEFI grants allow all Mindess students to have opportunities to explore technology that is available to few of their peers. This is a generation that embraces technology and improves it.."  -- Lisa Lamphier, Mindess Makerspace 2018 Grant Winner




“Implementing this program has given us good information to help bridge the linguistic and culture gap, it is making a positive impact with the families who attend.  They are learning skills about how to support their child’s learning at home, and also learning about our school culture in general.”

-- CJ Wolfram, Multi-lingual Playgroup 2018 Grant Winner



“Green screen projects are team oriented that allows students to concentrate on their strengths and improve their weaknesses through the cooperative working with other students who possess different skills than themselves.  This grant project was incredibly successful as is evident by the student motivation and excitement throughout their projects."  --Carolyn Breault, Green Screen Project 2018 Grant Winner




  • Information and applications for the 2019-2020 Teacher Grants are now available by clicking here.  

  • All submissions will be due Friday, November 22, 2019.   

  • Please note it is a once-yearly grant cycle so this will be the only opportunity to apply for an Innovation grant this year.  

  • Last year 7 grants were awarded totaling over $22,000!

Past Award Winners