It is extremely important that you have conversations with your school administrator(s) about your proposed project before submitting it to PowerUP Jax. This will ensure that you have approval to actually enact the project you have proposed. Discuss not only the goals and timelines of the project, but also what you and the students will actually be doing with the supplies ordered.
Each year, one grant awardee will be chosen as the winner of the Community First Innovation Prize. This teacher will receive an additional cash prize of $1,000. The Community First Innovation Prize will be presented at the 2017 EDDY Awards in February. Lead sponsor Community First Cares Foundation believes in seeding innovation and rewarding creativity among public school teachers.
Once the PowerUP Jax grants have been awarded, the "Lightning Round" will begin. A summary of each teacher’s grant application will be posted on the Jacksonville Public Education Fund's Facebook page, where community members can vote for their favorite. The project with the most votes during the "Lightning Round" will automatically receive an additional $150 toward their project.
The new and improved PowerUP Jax is different from the previous version in three particular ways. First of all, we have opted to have one cycle. Previously, we had two cycles - one in the spring and one in the fall - with 10 winners from each contest. Spring cycle winners had a very short deadline to use their funds. We have decided that one cycle will give teachers the time to spend the funds they win this school year. Second, teachers can now have items ordered from anywhere. Previously, teachers were limited to an approved list of vendors, which often stifled innovation. Third, the role of crowd-funding has changed from being the main way that grants are evaluated to more of a supportive role. This creates a more equitable way of evaluating grant applications and ensure that teachers get to spend more time being creative and less time fundraising.