A Celebration of Catholic Schools Breakfast - Innovation Grants

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“From our perspective, innovation means first different, then better. That is, innovating is a fundamentally different way of doing things that result in considerably better, and perhaps different, outcomes. Both the 'different' and the 'better' must be significant and substantial. Educators need to think of innovating as those actions that significantly challenge key assumptions about schools and the way they operate. Therefore, to innovate is to question the 'box' in which we operate and to innovate outside of it as well as within." 1

“Innovation in its modern meaning is a new idea, creative thoughts, new imaginations in form of device or method". Innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs.” 2

  1. Washor, Elliot (2010, March 18).  Thoughts on Innovation.  Retrieved April 3, 2019 from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/thoughts-on-innovation_b_329811
  2. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  Retrieved April 3, 2019 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innovation

 About the Grants


Innovation Grants provide an opportunity for principals and teachers to accelerate and advance learning in the classroom.  These grants are awarded to support an innovative vision of education within our Catholic schools.

Principals or teachers can apply for an Innovation Grant up to $10,000.  These grants should enhance the current curriculum and focus on innovative instructional techniques.  Grants are available for Pre-K to grade 12.  This initiative is designed to provide funds for the most unique, educational and developmental concepts in our Diocese.  As a result, requests for technology (iPads, computers, etc.) will not be accepted.


Only teachers and principals may apply.  Applications are due by Saturday, June 15, 2019 and can be found online via myHALO.

Applications will be accepted in the following ways:

Complete a paper copy (found on myHALO) and either

  • Mail to:
    Diocese of Greensburg
    Attn: Amanda Iwinski, Coordinator
    723 East Pittsburgh Street
    Greensburg, PA 15601


  • Email to Amanda Iwinski at aiwinski@dioceseofgreensburg.org

 The Selection Process

A planning committee comprised of business leaders, community leaders and individuals invested in the Catholic School system will conduct the selection process.  All applications will be reviewed blindly without names, schools or geographic locations.

All applications will be evaluated based on the following Project Evaluation Criteria:

  • Goals of the project
  • Reflective of the meaning of “innovation”
  • Impact on student learning
  • Quality of planning including but not limited to:
    • Timeline for implementation
    • Thoroughness of financial plan
    • Acquisition and transport of supplies
    • Identification of potential obstacles/zoning considerations

Recipients will be recognized at A Celebration of Catholic Schools breakfast on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Stratigos.  Recipients must be in attendance at this event.  Upon completion of the grant, recipients must submit an outcome report and account for all funds spent.

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