Great Ideas Grants

What is the Great Ideas Grant Program?

Great teachers make great schools. The Helena Education Foundation seeks to support Helena’s teachers by providing grants that bring their great ideas to life. Every school has a budget, but our Great Ideas Grants assist teachers in achieving educational goals that go beyond what is already provided. Our teachers are a crucial part of our students’ success and The Helena Education Foundation works to directly support them through the Great Ideas Grant program.

The Great Ideas Grant Program is a cornerstone of The Helena Education Foundation’s mission to enrich education in the Helena Public

“I will never forget this experience, ever!”  – A 4th grader at Bryant School who visited Yellowstone Park through a Great Ideas Grant
Schools. It is designed to put money directly into the hands of classroom teachers, helping educators take ideas for innovative teaching strategies and make them a reality. Specific goals include:

  • supporting and encouraging teachers to infuse new elements of creativity into their classroom;
  • helping teachers extend student learning beyond the limitations of textbooks;
  • encouraging teachers to strengthen ties between the classroom, other teachers, parents, students and the larger community;
  • providing funds for projects to enhance student learning that would otherwise not be possible within the District budget or with any other funding source.


We’re happy to help. If you have questions about the process, please feel free to contact us at any time. We can be reached by phone (443-2545)  or contact us by e-mail at

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Instructions and the form for the grant application. The grant applications must be submitted in Word format.

We also host workshops prior to each grant application deadline. This year, our workshops will be held on September 11 and January 8. The spring workshop is at 3:45 at the May Butler Center.

Grant deadlines for the 2019-20 school year are October 7 (fall) and February 3 (spring).

Please email your grant summary, narrative and budget in MSWord format.

Samples of Successful Applications

Already Received a Grant?

Completed forms can be e-mailed or mailed to the Helena Education Foundation, P.O. Box 792, Helena, MT 59624.