Classroom Innovation Grant Program

The South Dakota Department of Education announces a new grant opportunity funded by the 2016 legislature. Senate Bill 133 from the 2016 legislative session included an on-going appropriation to the South Dakota Department of Education to provide classroom innovation grants to South Dakota public K-12 school districts. The purpose of this grant program is to provide funding for developing teacher training and classroom access to virtual education and customized learning tools.


Application proposals for the Classroom Innovation Grant Program may be submitted by a South Dakota public K-12 school district. (Educational Service Agencies or Educational Co-ops are not eligible to apply for this grant.) Any district awarded a Classroom Innovation Grant during the first round in July 2016 would not be eligible to apply the second round.

Maximum Grant Amount

$100,000 per school district

Application Deadline

The first round of applications was announced and awarded in July of 2016. A second round of applications will be available September 26, 2016, and due by October 21, 2016. Application proposals submitted or postmarked after the due date will not be considered.

Application proposals should be submitted as both a PDF email attachment and a paper copy.

     Steve Fiechtner
     South Dakota Department of Education
     800 Governors Drive
     Pierre, SD 57501

Award Process

The Classroom Innovation Grants will be awarded through a competitive process. All proposals will be read and judged by a review committee. The review committee will determine the eligibility of the project proposal and the amount of the grant award, based on the criteria outlined in the application and scoring rubric.

The awards from this second round of awards should be announced by November 30, 2016. Funds shall be expended within two years of the date of the grant award announcement.

Program Overview Application Scoring Rubric


     Steve Fiechtner at the South Dakota Department of Education
     Phone: 605-773-3134