FISEF Good Idea Grants support federally impacted PreK-12 teachers and schools in their efforts to address students’ academic needs and social/emotional wellness. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to NAFIS-member school district applicants that strive to increase outcomes in these areas. These grants typically go to teachers with great ideas whose projects would otherwise go unfunded due to budgetary restraints in the district.

Eligible projects:

  • Provide students the opportunity to grow and become creative, innovative and critical thinkers.
  • Are sustainable – they can be replicated in other classrooms, schools and school districts.
  • Allow students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life applications.

FISEF Good Idea Grants have funded a wide range of projects, including preschool preparedness, robotics, after school reading programs, outdoor classrooms, a digital history of a Native American tribe, efforts to strengthen community relations between military members and citizens and more.

The grant application opens at the NAFIS Fall Conference and runs through December 15. Grantees are announced at the NAFIS Spring Conference.

The 2020-2021 application period is now OPEN. Download the application to learn more. Grants will be awarded early 2021. We will reach out to applicants shortly thereafter as to whether their grant is funded or not.

Congratulations to the 2020 grant recipients and the 2019 grant recipients.

As part of grant reporting, recipients are required to submit a video on their project, which is shown at the NAFIS Spring Conference.

See how a Good Idea Grant supports a comprehensive school-wide curriculum in physical movement, self-awareness and health and wellness at a Waynesville R-VI School District (Missouri) elementary school.

See how a Good Idea Grant supports “Brewing Independence” for students with disabilities in Lemont Township High School District 210 (Illinois).

Questions about Good Idea Grants? Contact Anne O’Brien, FISEF Activities Director and NAFIS Director of Communications, at