Innovation Fund Overview

The Connecticut RISE Network supports educators in preparing students for college, career, and life success. In collaboration with our RISE district partners -- East Hartford, Meriden, Hartford, and New Haven Public Schools -- we are thrilled to invite RISE high school teachers, counselors, and specialists to participate in the RISE Educator Innovation Fund. The RISE Educator Innovation Fund encourages educators to pursue innovative strategies to increase on-track achievement and college and career readiness. Since 2016-17, RISE educators have leveraged the Innovation Fund to launch hundreds of projects, securing funding to enrich their instruction and classroom environments to build student engagement and connections to school, create experiences that invest and motivate their students, and enable students to explore post-secondary opportunities.

All teachers, counselors, and specialists in RISE high schools can participate in the Innovation Fund by submitting projects to pursue ideas to advance Network-wide goals around supporting students transitions to, through, and beyond high school. Projects submitted by RISE educators and aligned to RISE Network goals receive an exclusive match funding offer from the RISE Network and the Dalio Foundation, while funds last. Educators leading funded projects will be asked to share tools and learnings with colleagues in other RISE schools and districts via a survey, supporting a cross-district community of learning and improvement.

The RISE Educator Advisory Council, made up of teachers, counselors, and administrators from across the RISE Network, help facilitate Network-wide learning and periodically review and provide funding to particularly promising proposals.

Please see this overview of the Innovation Fund.

Funds raised

Application Instructions 

RISE educators may submit project proposals and view live projects at  Please find proposal instructions and sample project proposals here.  The application process is summarized below:

  • Register for an account on
  • Identify a need, develop an innovative idea, and submit a proposal aligned to Network goals requesting a total of up to $2,000 in resources per project.  

For information and technical assistance, please visit the RISE Educator Innovation Fund webpage or call the RISE help line at 646-681-5454.