Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria.

Team Members

A team is composed of three to six members, with preference given to teams of at least four members.

  • At least three of the team members must be full-time classroom teachers (defined by spending at least 60% of time in the classroom).
  • A specialist and/or instructional coach may be included in a team as long as there is a minimum of three full-time classroom teachers on the team and the role of the additional member(s) is essential to the success of the project.
  • Teacher’s aides and part-time teachers are not eligible.
  • Administrators may not be team members unless the project cannot happen without their participation.
  • One team member must be identified as the Team Lead; the Team Lead does not have to be a full-time classroom teacher, but must spend a portion of his or her time in the classroom.
  • Current LIGHT Award grantees are not eligible.


Each team member has a minimum of two years of full-time, classroom teaching experience by the project start date, not including student teaching.

Location & Type of School(s)

  • Elementary, middle, high schools and cross K-12 projects are eligible.
  • Applications from teachers at brand-new schools (in their first year of operation) will not be considered.
  • Team members must teach in traditional public or charter schools OR in private schools that serve a majority (50% or above) free-and-reduced lunch qualifying students. While applications from all schools are encouraged, Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation prioritizes support for under-resourced schools.
  • Eligibility is limited to the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.
  • Applications from teachers at brand-new schools (in their first year of operation) will not be considered.


Team members all teach at the same school in the same or varying grades/subjects OR team members can be at different schools but share a grade-level or subject-area commonality.



Project has support from the principal from each participating school. If invited to submit an application, teams will be required to provide a letter from each principal explaining the support the principal is 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.

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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