Awards, Grants & Recognition Programs

The Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) offers various awards, grant opportunities, and recognition programs to support schools and districts.

Award & Recognition Programs

Idaho Teacher of the Year Logo

Teacher of the Year »

The Idaho Teacher of the Year Program, which began in 1959, is one of the most prestigious honors in the state of Idaho.

2022 SDE Holiday Card Contest Grand Prize Winner

Holiday Card Contest »

The annual SDE Holiday Card Contest is an opportunity for Idaho students to showcase their artwork and for the state to recognize the importance of arts in education.

Picture My Future Art Contest canvas with brightly colored abstract oil paints

Picture My Future »

The Picture My Future Art Contest asks students to create art in any medium that answers the question, 'What does college or career ready mean to me?'

Milken Family Foundation Logo

Milken Awards »

The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards program is for elementary and secondary teachers and principals who demonstrate exceptional educational talent.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Logo


The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematic and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science.

U.S. Presidental Scholars Medal

U.S. Presidential Scholars »

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

Grant Opportunities

Below is a complete list of grants provided by SDE departments, including their corresponding applications and supporting documents.

Title Documents Deadlines Contact Details
Child Nutrition Programs

2023 NSLP Equipment Grant

Applications due October 27, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. MST.. Shawn Charters
CNP Grants/Contracts Specialist
(208) 332-6822
Content & Curriculum

FY24 Science Education Grant

Applications due September 15, 2024 by 5:00 pm MST.. Linda Becker
Grants/Contracts Specialist
(208) 332-6974