Ecolab Teacher Grant Programs

About the Ecolab Teacher Grants Program

  • The Ecolab Teacher Grants Program was created by the district in 2018 to fund projects and activities that inspire and engage students. Designed with teachers in mind, the program offers a convenient and efficient way for teachers to write applications for funds that support classroom learning. Last year, over half the applications were awarded.  

    The Ecolab Foundation provides approximately $250,000 every year to support the Program. Last year, there were 113 applications and 60 awards. 


    “Teachers have an important job to do, and we are proud to support their work and the school district through this program. Funds provided through the Ecolab Teacher Grants Program will assist educators in their efforts to enrich the learning experience for their students.”

    ~ Kris Taylor, vice president, Ecolab Community Relations.


How It Works

  • Each program cycle begins in the spring and awards approximately $250,000 in funds. There are two application types; individual applications are awarded for up to $2,500 and team applications by two or more educators are awarded for up to $7,500. 

    Each application consists of six questions asking for more information on your project plans, hopeful outcomes, and a detailed budget in how you will use the funds if awarded. Sample applications are available. 

    The process is competitive, so teachers are encouraged to fill out the Ecolab Grant Interest Form to receive regular updates on deadlines and tips for completing their application. 

    The program encourages teachers of color, new educators, and those new to the grants process to apply. Projects must align with strategic focus areas and student outcomes from the SPPS Achieves Strategic Plan.

About Ecolab 

  • Ecolab blue logo with white background

    A trusted partner at nearly three million commercial customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in driving business performance while protecting people and vital resources. With annual sales of $15 billion and 50,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and personalized service to advance food safety, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies and sustainability for customers in the food, healthcare, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.  Visit the Ecolab website for more news and information.

    Youth and education is one of the Ecolab Foundation’s major initiatives, focusing on supporting organizations and programs that help youth excel in school, engage in communities and develop leadership and life skills. Ecolab also funds program grants to many nonprofit partners in the Twin Cities and other geographic focus areas who address education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), college and career readiness, and early childhood programming. Visit Ecolab's Community Involvement page for more information on Ecolab's involvement in community development, arts and culture, and the environment and conservation.

    “We are grateful to the Ecolab Foundation for its ongoing support for our students and the adults who educate them.”

    ~ Dr. Joe Gothard, superintendent, SPPS




  • 2019 Dates
    (May Be Revised for 2020)

    April 17 – May 31:

    1. Application window (closes at 11:59 PM on May 31)
    2. Recruit review committee members (parents, teachers, students, comm partners, Ecolab, BOE members, EAs/TAs, SPFT)


    1. Compile applications; discard ineligible applications
    2. Confirm review committees
    3. Compile reviewer packets

    July: Compile prior year's year-end slides into a presentation for Ecolab

    July 1 – August 9 (6 weeks): Review committees read and score applications

    August 9 – August 16 (1 week): Rank and determine awards

    August 19 – 30 (2 weeks): Budget code requests submitted to accounting

    August 20: Acknowledge Ecolab and Reviewers at BOE Meeting, present stats

    August 27: Notify Awardees with budget code

    September: Publish 2019 award profile packet and distribute to reviewers, SPPS and Ecolab

    September 2019 - May 2020: Monitor spending

    *We are here - December: Check in with Ecolab regarding 2020 funding (approved at their January board meeting)

    May 2020: Year-End Celebration with recipients and stakeholders

Last Modified on February 5, 2020