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$25,000 PK–12 Social Emotional Learning Grants: Deadline in 3 Weeks

$25,000 PK–12 Social Emotional Learning Grants: Deadline in 3 Weeks 

Applications are due April 20 for the Social Emotional Learning Innovation Fund grants from Education First, the NoVo Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. This year grants will be awarded to both individual teachers and multi-school programs. Last year more than one in 10 applicants received funding.

Dozens of grants of up to $25,000 apiece are expected to be awarded. Last year, 67 individual teachers received grants of up to $5,000; and 30 districts won grants of up to $25,000. That represented about 12 percent of total applicants.

The program is aimed at supporting projects "that foster social and emotional (SEL) skills in students in grades PK-12," according to the organizations. "Whether you have an idea for a new initiative or want to expand or continue an existing project, we want to hear from you."

All proposals are welcome, according to the grant organizers, but this year projects of special interest will focus on indigenous populations; immigrants or refugees; English language learners; and LGBTQI students.

According to the sponsors: "We are looking for proposals from individual teachers, teams of educators, and district leaders seeking to improve students' social-emotional skills in fresh, inventive or innovative ways. Examples can include novel interventions or instructional practices focused on improving competencies such as resilience, academic tenacity, learning mindsets, self-management, sense of belonging, and other social and emotional skills."

Applications are due April 20 by 5 p.m. Pacific. Further information an teacher and district applications can be found at education-first.com/social-emotional-learning-innovation-fund.

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.

He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).


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