Professional Development Grants

The Foundation provides grants for high achieving educators to receive funding for professional educational development.  There are three programs:

Sue Pence, daughter of Ernie Pence, with 2016 award winnerSue Pence, daughter of Ernie Pence, with 2016 award winner
  1. The Ernie Pence Memorial Grant (one awarded annually in the amount of $400) — made possible by an endowment established through the Ernie Pence Estate Funds from the Pence family.  This grant may apply toward tuition and textbooks for a class offered by an accredited college or university to further a certified employee’s education in his/her field.  Preference will be given to coursework that supports professional goals and student learning goals.
  2. The Joy Bayshore Memorial Grants (up to two awarded annually in the amount of $250/per) — made possible by the Joy Bayshore Estate.  These grants may apply toward the purchase of books and/or materials for innovative curricular projects.
  3. CRCS Foundation Grants (up to four awarded annually in the amount of $250/per) — funds from the CRCS Foundation grants may apply toward conference registrations, professional internships, workshops, re/certification fees, etc.

Applicants may be either certified and/or classified employees seeking professional development opportunities.  It is required that the recipient of a grant must return to the district for at least one year following the completion of the professional growth activity.

The applications will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Articulation of purpose
  • Relationship to student learning goals.
  • Description of impact on students and student learning
  • Overall impression and clarity of application

This program is now open for 2018. Deadline is April 20th. To apply, click this link: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/49834-Cedar-Rapids-Community-Schools-Foundation