Grants & Recognitions : iGniTe Grants

Additional Resources

The 2014 iGniTe Grant is now closed.

Program Description

The Northside Independent School District’s (NISD) Gifted/Talented & Enrichment Advisory Council (GTEAC) iGniTe Fund was established to provide NISD Gifted and Talented (GT) teachers with supplemental funding above and beyond the provisions of the regular district budget for resources, supplies, and other items. This supplemental funding must enhance the NISD Gifted and Talented Advanced Learning Program for High Achievers (ALPHA) Program.

Eligible Applicants

The iGniTe grant program was established to support unique and innovative educational projects that impact NISD’s gifted and talented students and teachers. Only currently employed NISD ALPHA Program teachers may apply for iGniTe grant funds. Applicants may only submit one iGniTe grant per campus each school year.

Funding Amount

Grant requests may not exceed $500 per campus. ALPHA Program teachers split between two campuses may submit two separate grant applications. Awards may be funded for amounts less than the grant request.

Application Due Date and Submission

Applications must be submitted and approved through the on-line application on the Grants and Recognitions Department website by no later than 4:30pm on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Without exception, any applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for review and will be returned to the applicant. Should you have any questions regarding the iGniTe Grant submission process, please contact the Priscilla Lurz, District GT/Enrichment Coordinator at (210) 397-8631 or the Grants and Recognitions Department staff at (210) 397-8563.

Required Approval

The principal or vice-principal at the applicant’s campus will be required to approve the application. The final deadline for all approvals is on 4:30 PM CST on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Please inform Administrators early that you intend to apply for a grant so s/he can be on the alert for emails and can monitor approval requests by logging in to the address above.

Review of Applications

A five (5) member committee composed of Gifted/Talented & Enrichment Advisory Council members will independently review and score the applications. Competitive Preference Points will be awarded to applicants that actively promote the GTEAC during the 2013-2014 school year. 

Transfer of Grant and/or Supplies and Equipment

All supplies and/or equipment purchased with iGniTe grant funds are the property of the NISD and may not leave the district. If the applicant leaves the campus or district, the grant and all materials will remain with the campus that received the grant. If a teacher leaves the receiving campus, the principal has the discretion to allow the teacher to take the supplies and/or equipment to his/her new NISD campus assignment. All supplies and/or equipment purchased with iGniTe grant funds are the property of the NISD and may not leave the district.

Compliance Guidelines

All grants must adhere to the district’s guidelines that apply to purchasing, use of district approved vendors, acquisitions, payroll, field trips, travel, use of new curricula and instructional materials, etc. Applicants will be required to provide the R-TIME identification code for any technology item requested in the budget (see iGniTe FAQ for more information).