Innovation in education is taking a risk to spark the curiosity of students, solve real problems and create significant, positive change. Educators with innovative ideas can generate enriching experiences that go beyond the classroom curriculum.  A dynamic idea, a new method, or an invention can foster creativity, transform thinking and encourage a growth mindset.

Do you have an innovative idea that can inspire new learning opportunities or lead to change?

The Paul Lewis Innovation Grant sponsored by Columbia Credit Union is a new program launched by the RPSF in 2018. It was created to honor our first board president and long serving member, Paul Lewis. Grants up to $5,000 will be presented to a staff member, high school student, or school program in the Ridgefield School District. The purpose of the Paul Lewis Innovation Grant is to fuel innovation in the classroom by incorporating new, creative, original, or out-of-the-box programs in schools and classrooms, which the school district is not able to support. Read the full press release here.


  • Each applicant must be a certificated employee, a classified employee, or a high school student enrolled in Ridgefield School District.
  • Staff members may apply individually or collaboratively.
  • High school students must be sponsored by a certificated staff member.
  • Applicants must have support of their principal and assistant superintendent for the proposed project.
  • Applicants may submit only one proposal during this application cycle.
  • Applicants must be willing to provide updates in overall student progress and use of funding to the RPSF during benchmark check-ins. A template will be provided and can be viewed here.  
  • Applicants must be willing to attend a RPSF meeting to share the results of the project.

Next Steps

The grant application is now open!  Applications must be submitted by April 9th, 2018.  Download the instructions and application below.  


Email: info@ridgefieldpsf.org