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 Melrose Innovation Grants
Application Guidelines & Information



Innovation Grants Online APPLICATION

Innovation Grants - Press Release

Innovation Grants Scoring Rubric


Vision Statement

The Melrose Innovation Grants will support professional development (PD) opportunities that foster innovative practices to impact student learning in the classroom for Melrose Public School educators.  They will advance the curriculum goals of the Melrose Public School District and promote excellence, academic rigor and creativity in teaching and learning. 


Goals & Criteria

Applicants should communicate how this grant proposal will:

  • impact a significant number of students;
  • align to district, school and curriculum goals of the Melrose Public Schools;
  • encourage excellence and innovation in teaching and learning;
  • promote creativity and multidisciplinary learning;
  • be shared within professional learning communities across the district;
  • consider the needs of all learners, and specify what types of students will be affected;
  • have a sustainable impact beyond the initial implementation; and
  • clearly state intended outcomes and how they will be measured.


Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • involve teams of teachers or collaborative groups;
  • directly impact a large number of students in the classroom;
  • demonstrate how knowledge gained from the PD is readily transferred to colleagues, and is sustainable over time (for example, how training and subsequent projects might be repeated without significant additional funding); and
  • focus on the Common Core Standards.


Additional Requirements & Information

  • Applicants must be MPS employees.
  • Only complete applications submitted on time via the online application at www.cityofmelrose.org or www.melroseschools.com will be considered; deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm.
  • Application must include a timeline for completion; all grant activities must be completed by June 30, 2013.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • In general, grants are available for up to $1,500.00; more may be considered based on the breadth of impact and number of teachers involved.
  • Recipients will be required to collaborate with administration, the innovation grant committee or Melrose Education Foundation to showcase the grant in the community.
  • Once grants are awarded, recipients will be able to pick up a purchase order from the city auditor's office (contact info here).


The Melrose Innovation Grants can be used to fund: 

Will be funded

Will NOT be funded

Training materials and manuals

Routine classroom materials

Training/conference/class fees


Substitutes for days at PD


Consultant fees


Professional resources for study groups (e.g., videos, professional books)


Technology necessary to implement the PD



 Application Deadlines and Submission Information

  • APPLICATION DEADLINEFriday, November 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm.
  • Applications must be submitted via an e-form available online.  Guidelines, form and scoring rubric available at: www.cityofmelrose.org and www.melroseschools.com.
  • Please direct questions to madams@melrose.mec.edu.
  • Grants will be announced by December 31, 2012.

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