Innovation in Education

The Cox Connects Foundation's Innovation in Education program was established to provide grants to public and private schools (grades Pre-K thru 12) and the dedicated teachers at those schools. The purpose of this program is to fund classroom and collaborative educational programs that encourage and promote students' ingenuity and imagination.

This year, the Cox Connects Foundation will award grants up to $10,000 each. Applications will be accepted for individual classroom programs or school-wide, collaborative educational programs to schools in the Cox Communications service area.

All Innovation in Education grants are specific to schools in Cox Communications service areas. Tulsa-area communities include: Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Claremore, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Keifer, Owasso, Sand Springs and Sapulpa. Oklahoma City-area communities include: Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, El Reno, Forest Park, Guthrie, Harrah, Lake Aluma, Midwest City, Moore, Mustang, Nichols Hills, Nicoma Park, Norman, Oklahoma City, Spencer, The Village, Tinker AFB, Valley Brook, Warr Acres and Yukon.


Classroom or Collaborative Educational Projects

Teachers/principals at eligible schools are encouraged to submit an application. Classroom, school-wide, or collaborative educational program applications are welcome in any subject area. The one-year grant may be used to create a new classroom program or build upon an existing classroom program.

Grant requests between $1,000 and $5,000 are available for individual classroom grants. Grants exceeding $5,000 must promote student learning and participation through a school-wide or collaborative teaching program that incorporates multiple classrooms, grades or course disciplines, or engages partner schools or districts.

Teachers are permitted to submit one classroom grant application in addition to one Collaborative project application. However, the individual grant proposal must be separate and unrelated to the collaborative proposal. Only one project application will be accepted per collaborative project. Multiple teachers/administrators should not submit applications for the same project.

Teachers are eligible to receive a maximum of one individual and one collaborative grant per school year. Note: Schools may submit applications for multiple unique programs.


Applications in the following areas will not be considered unless part of a larger proposed curriculum:

  • Large scale equipment, such as playground equipment
  • Computers, SMART Boards, projectors, televisions or office equipment (for general use)
  • Teacher development and/or substitute days
  • Student and/or teacher conferences
  • Financial compensation
  • Teacher and/or student field trips, guest speakers or performers

All funds granted by the Cox Connects Foundation are to be used exclusively for the project listed in the grant application. Grants must be used within that school year, unless otherwise specified. Schools may reapply each year. The Cox Connects Foundation reserves the right to accept or reject any application and to approve or disapprove any proposal for funding. The Cox Connects Foundation also reserves the right to change the application criteria at any time. Other limitations may apply and will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Grant Application Review Process

Grant applications are reviewed annually by the Cox Connects Advisory Council comprised of Cox Communications employees. Funding decisions are based on the quality of the applicant’s project, the impact on students’ learning and sustainability of the project. Priority will be given to projects that incorporate the use of Cox technologies (i.e. cable or Internet) in the classroom.

How to Apply

December 2012 Applications available for download
March 1, 2013 Applications must be submitted electronically by deadline.
Late and/or imcomplete applications will not be accepted.
May 2013 Funding determination by Cox Connects Advisory Council
August 2013 Grant recipient notification
September 2013 Cox Connects Advisory Council presents grant checks

Submit applications electronically (PDF or Word format only - including all files in one document) no later than March 1, 2013:

Tulsa and Oklahoma City applications:

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