Innovation Grant Program

Each year, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation awards educator grants to give all students, grades K-12, access to extraordinary learning opportunities. The Innovation Grant program inspires and empowers our teachers, engages our students and enhances District curriculum. 

Congratulations to the following Innovation Grant recipients announced Spring 2022: 


Literature Circles - MGES

Grant Recipient: Matthew Dorneman

Seeding the Future through Hydroponics in the Classroom - SRMS

Grant Recipient: Hannah Kim

Global Fiction Book Club - Coming of Age During Times of Adversity - SRMS

Grant Recipient: Kerry Lake

 Melting Permafrost Simulation and Analysis - UDHS

Grant Recipient: Chris Smith

Stacking Up Math Skills, JTES

Grant Recipients: Melissa Traber - Lisa Downs - Laura Schmuckler - Brittnie Boyda

Carolyn Brightbill - Brenda Caviston - Donna Polin


The following Innovation Grants have been awarded in 2021-22: 

Building Community and Student Agency with Flexible Learning Environment - TFES

     Grant Recipient: Maressa Alsher

Building a Culture of Personal Literacy through Rich Book Clubs - SRMS

     Grant Recipients: Samantha Connelly, Hannah Kim, Jennifer Lankin, Laurie McGettigan

Class Connect for Wonder Robots - MGES

     Grant Recipient: Erica Stianchi

 Designing and Printing in 3D - TFES & FWES

     Grant Recipient: Jeff Dillon

Forensics in Literature - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Brian Palme

Lego Mars Space Shuttle and Rover - JTES

     Grant Recipient: Tre Milrod

 Le Rat des Catacombs - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Christine Jones

Sensory & Movement Path, Dragon Path/Chipmunk Trial - JTES/MGES

     Grant Recipient: Alyson Stern 

SRMS Internet Radio Station - SRMS

     Grant Recipients: Rob Miller, Kristin Leung

Learning Music with Ukeleles  - Elementary Schools

     Grant Recipient: Chris Horn

Using Probes for Data Collection in Chemistry - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Dawn Edelman

Variable Acceleration with Fan Carts - UDHS

     Grant  Recipient: Doug Sample

Where there’s a WHEEL there’s a way! - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Crystal Dunn 

Writing Walls - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Alissa Hart


In the past 5 years, UDEF has funded more than $100,000 in grants for educators. We are grateful for the generous support from individuals, corporations and private foundations that make our Innovation Grant program possible.

Any new project, idea, or innovation for which funding is sought must be aligned with the Foundation's overall mission of enhancing the educational experiences and lifetime opportunities of students in our District.


GRANTS AWARDED for the 2019-2020 school year:

Finding Books for All Learners: High Interest/Low Level Chapter Books - MGES

     Grant Recipient: Catherine Adamski

UDSD Faculty In-service - “Creating an Experience” - SRMS

     Grant Recipient: Maria Burke 

Give Everyone a Voice” -  QBalls for middle and high school”  - SRMS & UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Maria Burke

Turing Tumble - Using Marble Powered Computers to Teach Problem-Solving & Team Building - all elementary schools Grades 2-5 Enrichment

     Grant Recipient: Jeff Dillon 

Building Creative Inventors -- STEAM Maker Space - TFES

     Grant Recipient: Crystal Dunn 

Henri Rousseau - Welcome to the Jungle Traveling Art Exhibit - JTES, TFES

     Grant Recipient: Sara Farrell & Crystal Dunn 

Morning STEAM Tubs - JTES

     Grant Recipient: Jennell Irvin 

The World is our Classroom: Technology to Support Virtual Reality Learning Experiences - K-12

     Grant Recipient: Brad Lieberman 

Game of Clue: Technology for Real-Life Simulation of Crime Solving in the Forensics program - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Brian Palme 

RC Circuits for Physics Lab - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Doug Sample 

Augmented Reality “Sandbox” Applications in the Sciences - UDHS 

     Grant Recipient: Richard Schmidt 

Students vs. Wild: Equipment to Enhance Survival Science and Fitness Course, UDHS

     Grant Recipients:  Richard Schmidt/Bret Stover

Living Moss Wall, UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Chris Smith 

Morning STEAM Think Tubs – Expanded  - JTES

     Grant Recipient: Melissa Traber 

Portable Visual Arts Gallery Wall - UDHS

     Grant Recipient: Jennifer Tulli 

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible for a Grant?


All teachers and staff are available to apply for a grant.


Is there a limit on the amount of funds a teacher can apply for?


Proposals should not exceed $5,000. Larger amounts can be considered if phased over more than one year.


What is the application deadline?


The deadlines are October 18 and May 1.


Where do I send my application?


Share your completed application via google docs with the following people: Superintendent’s office ( and Chief Academic Officer ( Director of Technology & Innovation ( UDEF Executive Director Michelle Boas ( UDEF Admin Bryn Dartley (


How are the awards determined?


A subcommittee will review all proposals and make award recommendations to the UDEF board who will, in turn, authorize all Grant awards and finalize award amounts, The Foundation may require additional information from an applicant, if necessary. The Foundation will promptly notify applicants of all award decisions.


If I am awarded a grant, do I need to report back to UDEF?


Yes, in submitting an application, you agree to provide the Foundation with a Grant Status Report no later than one month after completion of the funded project or innovation.


What should my Grant Status Report include, and where should I send it?


The Grant Status Report should be submitted electronically to Michelle Boas, executive director of UDEF. This brief report will summarize your grant and provide an assessment of how successfully the funded project achieved its desired goals. Please include at least one electronic photograph of your Grant "in action."