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Classroom Innovation Grants

Innovative teachers. Engaged students. Your support.

Teachers of children with disabilities have the best insight into methods that succeed in helping children learn. Often, funds are not available from regulated tax dollars to support enhanced projects, and teachers find themselves trying to purchase materials themselves or foregoing projects that are too costly. Special Education Foundation has stepped in since 2002 to help where tax dollars stop. Click here to apply.

Projects that are innovative and can be duplicated in additional venues are favored in the screening process. Books and equipment that should be available through public funds are not funded; neither is transportation or staff development. Teachers should report results the following year to the Foundation board of directors.

Check our applications page for deadlines to submit applications and feedback. Providing feedback is strongly encouraged for those wishing to reapply. For more information or for help with the online applications, please contact the Foundation at

See the list of 2023 Grant Recipients here.


From the Newsroom

Through grants and private donations, the Special Education Foundation is able to provide funding (where tax dollars stop) for teacher's innovative classroom projects.

SEF looks back at the past twelve months and the impact of our efforts to help students with disabilities in St. Louis County

One of the joys is seeing the individual impact of what we do on the lives of students with disabilities in St. Louis County. I hope you’ll help make a difference during this Season of Giving by donating today.