What if you could design your own professional development?

We honor and inspire great teachers — like you — by funding the project of your dreams.

I am blending Project Based Learning and Maker Ed to empower children to make change.

I will co-construct a highly effective, self-sustaining STEM teacher community.

I am implementing STEM strategies in my classroom to send students soaring towards creative solutions.

I will empower English Language Learners by providing them with tools to succeed.

I will visit other dual-immersion schools and learn about current research to strengthen our own program.

I'm designing a scope and sequence for special needs educators to explore the common core standards at each life level.

I'm traveling to a leading source of innovative literacy instruction to enhance our teaching and improve student engagement.

I will hone strategies to engage all students in critical 21st century skills.

I'm empowering students to pursue their college dreams, while keeping them engaged and motivated when things get tough.

I'm supporting teachers in innovating new practices to serve emergent bilingual students as they learn English.

I'm learning how to design and maintain systems for teachers to continuously learn and teach together.

I'm developing relevant curriculum that leads students to engage with their world.

This could be you!

You and your team — a group of teachers — are invited to apply for LIGHT Awards funds. Our grants (of up to $30,000 over 2 years) can be used to support your growth as teachers, your effectiveness as educators, and your ability to inspire and mentor students.

Are you eligible?


project team of 3-6 experienced teachers


elementary, middle or high school


public or charter school


private school if 50% students from low income families


in one of the California counties shown

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Private: County Map 1
Sonoma CountyNapa CountyYolo CountySan Joaquin CountySan Mateo CountyAlameda CountySan FranciscoSanta Clara CountySanta Cruz CountySacramento CountySolano CountyContra Costa CountyMarin CountySan Benito CountyMonterey County

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Yolo County


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San Joaquin County


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San Mateo County


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Alameda County


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San Francisco


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Santa Clara County


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Santa Cruz County


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Sacramento County

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Solano County

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Contra Costa County

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Marin County

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San Benito County

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Monterey County

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What we fund


with an expert


a learning community


new tools


your own innovation

working together

Driven by teachers,
supported by principals

Our grants get their momentum from the teachers who drive projects that interest them. But we can’t succeed without support from school principals and administrators.

In the application, we will ask for a letter from the principal explaining the support they are able to provide, such as providing feedback, fostering leadership within teams, providing release time, and remaining open to benefits of teacher-driven innovation at your school.

Get the professional development of your dreams

and make a difference for your students, your school, your community.

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Important Dates

Fall 2017Application Process opens for 2018 Grant Cycle
Oct 17th - Nov 17th 2017LOIs (Letters of Inquiry) Accepted
Dec 2017 - Jan 2018Select teams invited to apply
Spring 2018Grant decisions announced

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