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SPARK! Creative Learning Grants


When teachers bring passion to the classroom (or computer screen), magic happens.

Students come together on projects that excite curiosity, deepen understanding, and encourage new ways of seeing. Lack of funding should never get in the way of projects like these. In light of the significant challenges facing educators as they serve students and families this year, we are here to help make those projects a reality.

That’s why we award grants of up to $1,000 to K-12 educators. We love projects that spark something new and want to see proposals for helping kids create and teachers innovate.

We love projects that spark something new.

If you’re an educator with an idea for a classroom project, we can’t wait to hear about it. Details for the 2021 grant cycle will be available in August.

Past Projects


Grants are open to all K–12 educators at accredited schools in the 27 Oregon counties SELCO serves.

Before you apply

  • The most memorable projects will stick with students for years to come. Tell us how yours will.
  • We want our funding to have a major impact on your project. If it will cost more than $1,000, please tell us the source of the remaining funds. (In rare instances, we may provide additional funds if they would support project longevity.)
  • We’ll pay for equipment and supplies, such as iPads, calculators, or art materials, but only if they’re part of a larger project. Please be specific.
  • Funds cannot be used to pay for food, prizes, field trips, or salaries.
  • Don’t forget to keep your principal in the loop by sharing a copy of your proposal.

Scoring Criteria

Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate creativity and innovation in the classroom. We review each application with an eye to the following:

  • Project originality: Have we seen this idea before? Is it a fresh take on an old lesson?
  • Proposal clarity: Are the project goals clear? Is the project budget well defined?
  • Number of students affected: How many students will benefit? Will this project run for multiple years?
  • Potential to develop a skill: Does the project aim to develop or deepen a specific skill or set of skills? Is this goal achievable given the project plan?
  • Supporting diversity/impact: Will the project benefit a school that hasn't received SELCO grants in the past?


Call us at 541-686-5382 or email [email protected].

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