What if you could design your own professional learning experience?

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

We are using practical skills to develop interdisciplinary literacy skills in 21st century learning.

We are using curricular strategies to support the literacy needs unique to language learners who take AP classes.

We are using comprehensive input to create a professional learning community promoting foreign language fluency.

We are improving math instruction through inquiry and collaboration.

We are blending Project Based Learning and Maker Ed to empower children to make change.

We're creating a personalized learning program that meets students where they are.

We are visiting other dual-immersion schools and learn about current research to strengthen our own program.

We are striving to reach new heights in second language acquisition.

We’re using data to increase collaboration among teachers.

We’re creating Advisory benchmark assessments and lessons to boost student achievement.

We are learning about mindfulness to help our students be more present in the moment.

We are co-constructing a highly effective, self-sustaining STEM teacher community.

We are implementing STEM strategies in our classrooms to send students soaring towards creative solutions.

We are connecting math to real world issues in health, engineering & entrepreneurship.

We are learning how to design and maintain systems for teachers to continuously learn and teach together.

We are traveling to a leading source of innovative literacy instruction to enhance our teaching and improve student engagement.

Driven by Teachers

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

Click or touch interactive map to see awards by county.
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

Sonoma County


see the project

Napa County

no projects yet

Yolo County


see the project

San Joaquin County


see the projects

San Mateo County


see the projects

Alameda County


see the projects

San Francisco


see the projects

Santa Clara County


see the projects

Santa Cruz County


see the project

Sacramento County

no projects yet

Solano County

no projects yet

Contra Costa County

no projects yet

Marin County

no projects yet

San Benito County

no projects yet

Monterey County


see the project

What we fund


with experts


a learning community


new tools


your own innovation

Get the professional learning of your dreams

(We'll let you know when applications are open.)

Important Dates

Oct 8, 20192020 Application cycle opens
Nov 13, 20192020 Application cycle closes;
submit Letters of Intent before 5pm

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