Enhancement Grants

The Simi Valley Education Foundation believes that investing directly in our schools is one of the best ways to improve student learning and achievement. These grants have an emphasis on INNOVATIVE PROJECTS and CREATIVE TEACHING APPROACHES, to provide funding, not otherwise available, for projects that have a potential to:

  1. Expand and improve a classroom, grade level or department’s academic environment
  2. Develop richer curriculum
  3. Provide students with enhanced learning experiences.

The Simi Valley Education Foundation selection committee’s goal is to select projects that for funding that identify and address needs, challenges, and interest unique to the students in the Simi Valley Public School District. 

We do fund many important projects, but you need to know that we do not fund:

  • Salaries, teacher workshops, field trips (including transportation) or technology hardware and other equipment, which includes computers, LCD projectors, ELMO’s, printers and cameras.
  • We do fund software!!

 For the 2017-2018 school year we funded

90 grants at 22 schools for more than $40,000!**

**NOTE TO RECIPIENTS: Please complete and submit the form below by June 1, 2018.

(Send photos to: cindyjacoby@svef.org)


2017-2018 Enhancement Grant Evaluation Form

2017 Enhancement Grant Evaluation Form


2017-2018 Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017


Email: application@svef.org or Call (877) SIMI-KID)


  1. The primary criterion for dispersing and approving grants will be high-quality educational content and the impact on students and/or school.
  2. The project must promote advancement of skills or knowledge and add depth to the educational programming. Projects should demonstrate sustainability, where applicable.
  3. The Foundation encourages innovative and collaboration among and across grades and disciplines that will benefit a large number of students.
  4. Applications must be organized, well written, researched with support documents included, and demonstrate innovative and effective implementation that inspires students to learn.
  5. Grant requests should augment and enrich the curriculum, and not supplant programs traditionally funded by district, state or federal budgets.
  6. Applications must include a detailed itemization of all costs and materials.
  7. The Foundation will not fund salaries or stipends; field trips and local transportation costs; professional development; equipment or technology hardware (computers, LCD projectors, ELMO’s, printers and cameras). Software is acceptable.


Our grants encompass a variety of subject areas.

Language Arts:

  • Beef up the Books at school libraries
  • Classroom Slates
  • SMARTboard Software
  • Classroom Dictionaries
  • Independent/Partner Learning Centers
  • Reading Comprehension Supplemental material
  • Lessons in Literacy – Increasing Literacy
  • Literature Circles
  • Novel acquisitions
  • Books for classroom library
  • Building Vocabulary
  • Reader’s Theater: Building Literacy thru Drama
  • Handwriting material
  • Biography Books
  • Integrating Effective Writing Instruction using the Write Source
  • Systematic Phonics Instruction Helps Students Learn to Read
  • Video modeling in classroom
  • Listening centers
  • Weekly Reader News Edition

Social Studies:

  • Ancient History Maps
  • Classroom maps
  • Geography Enhancement material
  • A Window to the Past – Exploring Native American experiences
  • Learning Ancient Civilizations through Art
  • Instructional Materials: The “I Think: World History


  • Burets for Titration Labs
  • Minerals and Rocks
  • Mass Lab Activities
  • Garden Composting
  • Science Hands on Projects
  • Science Extensions and Explorations
  • Kindergarten Incubator Project
  • EYE on Science
  • Seismograph Station
  • Geometer’s Sketchpad
  • The Exploration of Light Refraction
  • How My Garden Grows



  • Math games and hands on projects
  • Everyday Math Literature Library
  • Math Activity Boards and materials
  • Videos that Impact Learning Math
  • Math Tools for Success
  • Math centers


  • Sing Along and Learn
  • Arts Attack
  • Online Art Lessons
  • Music Enhancements
  • Music Equipment
  • Let’s get fit and enjoy a musical classroom


  • Healthy Lifestyle Project
  • Vocational skills
  • Intensive Behavior Intervention
  • Outdoor motor/sensory equipment
  • Keyboarding in the 21st Century
  • English, math and science software


2017-2018 Enhancement Grant Application

The Simi Valley Education Foundation selection committee’s goal is to select projects for funding that identify and address needs, challenges, and interests unique to the students in the Simi Valley Unified Public School District. When describing a project/program it should be something above and beyond what might normally be funded through the district.

Applicant Information
Principal Approval
Amount needed / Requested
We aren’t always able to fund the entire amount. What is the minimum amount that must be granted in order for you and/or your school to raise the additional funds if necessary?
All projects or programs must include an itemized budget and/or costs of supplies. Please upload Word or PDF with maximum file size of 25Mb.
Program Description
Briefly describe the need(s) for this project and how it will benefit your students. Why is it critical to student learning? Please give specific examples and the need(s) that it addresses.
List the major objectives for this project. What do you perceive the results of your grant to be, and how will the project/program impact the students it served? (These must be specific, measurable outcomes that will allow project to meet its goal.)
Describe teaching methods that will be used to implement this project. What materials will be needed to implement the project/program? (“Paint” us a mental picture of your plans and include specific descriptions that may help in the review process.)
Give a time schedule of implementation. How will you measure/evaluate whether your objectives have been achieved? Are you able to assess abilities prior to implementation?
Please explain if/how this project will be sustained after the grant is completed.
Supporting Information
Please upload Word or PDF with maximum file size of 25Mb