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

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

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

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

We are strengthening our Spanish teacher professional learning community to improve student engagement.

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

We’re using data to increase collaboration among teachers.

We are developing relevant curriculum that leads students to engage with their world.

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

We are supporting teachers in innovating new practices to serve emergent bilingual students as they learn English.

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

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 honing strategies to engage all students in critical 21st century skills.

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 development of your dreams

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

Important Dates


Oct 16, 20182019 Application cycle opens
Nov 16, 2018Application cycle closes;
last day to submit Letters of Intent
Dec 2018Informational webinar

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