Grant Spotlight: $5,000–$25,000 Social & Emotional Learning Grants for Teachers and Schools

Grant Spotlight: $5,000–$25,000 Social & Emotional Learning Grants for Teachers and Schools 

The NoVo Foundation, Education First, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors are awarding grants to individual teachers and school systems for "teacher-led projects that foster social-emotional skills in students in grades PK-12." Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to individual teachers, and grants of $25,000 will be made available to districts and charters. The deadline is only 10 days away.

This is only the second year of the program — the  Innovation in Social and Emotional Learning Awards — and the first year awards are being made to districts and charters. The awards will be given out for "individual teachers or groups of teachers to implement the project in their classrooms and schools in the 2017-2018 school year. Awardees will also have the opportunity to present their work to a group of national SEL practitioners, experts and advocates at a convening in October 2017," according to Education First.

It's unclear how many grants will be awarded in this year's program. Last year, 23 individual educators and teams received grants (out of 430 applicants).

Applications are due April 21 by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Complete details, an application form and descriptions of last year's winning projects can be found on the Innovation in Social and Emotional Learning Awards site.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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