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Innovation in


The Innovation in Education grant program was established in 2014 to support teachers at eligible schools who were enhancing the traditional classroom experience by providing creative and technology-based curriculum for their students. Since its inception, Cox has awarded over $300,000 in grants to help fund these innovative programs for students in grades K-12.


With distance learning being the new normal for school districts across the state in 2020, Cox is committed to ensuring students and teachers are starting the new school year strong by having the tools they need for success. As a part of this commitment, Cox has awarded $50,000 in “Innovation in Education” grants to Capistrano Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Irvine Unified School District, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and the

Orange County Department of Education.    


Over $300,000 in innovation grants awarded since 2014!

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From 2014-2019, Innovation in Education grants were open to K-12 public schools, within the Cox South Orange County service area,* for projects that provide creative, technology-based curriculum and enhance the traditional classroom experience by supporting one of the following areas:

  • Skills Based Learning - Develops specific skills and behaviors based on real-life scenarios

  • STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Mathematics

  • Digital Literacy - Develop skills necessary to navigate today's online environment

  • Cyber Citizenship (Internet Safety/Cyber-Bullying) - Education that encourages safe and healthy online behavior


Applications should include the tag phrase “InnovationOC.”


Verify your school is eligible to apply here

The following are are not eligible:

  • Large scale equipment, i.e. Computer Lab

  • Teacher development and /or substitute days

  • Student/Teacher conferences

  • Professional development

Applying for a grant: Teachers and educators can apply by submitting their project application to To get started, please visit to register and complete your project next steps. Each project application must include the following information:

  • School Name and Grade

  • A write up of the project that addresses the following:

    • Project Description

    • Area of Impact: Competency-based learning, STEAM learning, Digital Literacy, or Cyber Citizenship

    • Clearly demonstrates how it will impact school and students

    • Specifies any specific program that would be implemented through this grant

    • Clearly explains the use of project resources

  • Applications should include the tag phrase “InnovationOC”

Our Innovation in Education application is currently closed. Congratulations to all 2020 grant recipients. Stay tuned for a 2021 program update.

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Congratulations to our 2020 Innovation in Education Grant recipients! 

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