Grant Qualifications

Program Overview

Good Idea Grants are designed to support K-12 public school teachers employed by the Hawaii State Department of Education at a school run by the Department in their efforts to encourage a curriculum that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and require students to actively engage in a situation in order to find its solution.  Students, therefore, become creative, innovative, and critical thinkers.

Grants up to $3,000 each will be awarded to support innovative programs that strive to increase student interest and academic achievement.

Grant requests will NOT be considered for teacher travel; in-service training; transportation; buses; field trips; hiring of consultants and substitutes; awards; incentives; parties; or supplies, equipment and furniture generally provided by the State. Grant requests above $3,000 will not be considered.

Eligible Projects


Eligible Good Idea Grant requests include programs that:


  • Provide students developmentally appropriate opportunities to grow and become creative, innovative and critical thinkers.
  • Strengthen and expand opportunities for problem-solving, discovery and exploratory learning, including those in after-school settings.
  • Focus on core competencies using activities that support student application of classroom knowledge to real-life challenges.