Educator Grants

Teaching Tolerance offers two types of grants: Voting and Democracy Grants and Social Justice Educator Grants.

Voting and Democracy Grant Guidelines

Summer 2018

We’re excited to announce that, during summer 2018, TT will fund projects that encourage students to learn about and engage in the democratic process, including non-partisan voter registration, information and turnout efforts.

If you have an idea for a project that will help students become empowered current or future voters or voting advocates in their communities, we’d love to fund it. Voting and Democracy Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000 for classroom or school projects and up to $10,000 for projects on the district level. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 31, 2018.

Examples of eligible projects include (but are not limited to) get-out-the-vote campaigns, oral history projects about first-time voting experiences, or research projects about how voting laws affect your community.  

How To Apply

  1. Review our project criteria, guidelines and FAQs.
  2. Prepare a short (100-200 words) narrative description of your project.
  3. Prepare a line-item budget.
  4. Complete the online application.


Educator Grant Guidelines and Vision

Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants support educators who embrace and embed anti-bias principles throughout their schools. These grants, ranging from $500-$10,000, support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy.

The grants fund projects on three levels: school, classroom and district. 

School- and District-Level

These projects will focus on improving school climate, responding to and preventing incidents of hate, or embedding the concepts found in the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards into the school- or district-wide curriculum.

These projects may also focus on improving teachers’ capacities to adopt the practices articulated in Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education and in our school climate resources, or to promote dialogue among school and district community members about anti-bias issues at school.


These grants will help teachers promote empathy and kindness, positive identity development, perspective taking, critical thinking about injustice and collective action. 

These projects offer teachers the resources necessary to create safe and welcoming classrooms that reflect the outcomes described in the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. Preference is given to projects that emphasize student action and promote student voice. 


Thinking of drafting a grant proposal? Check out these pro tips from the TT Grants Coordinator here.

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TT Grants In Action

Brainstorming ideas for a grant project? Check out these grantee spotlights for inspiration. 

Love Your Magic Conference

In May 2018, the Love Your Magic Conference in Boston empowered black and brown girls to practice self-love, self-advocacy and sisterhood. 

"We Have to Start Having These Conversations"

TT grantee Jenny Finn created a project that allows students in her rural Appalachian community to explore racism and white privilege close to home.

"What Is Being Normalized?"

In a twist on the typical classroom book club, TT grantee Chris Hass sent books home with his students so families could become part of their social justice education.

Who Is Eligible?

Educators nationwide in public or private K-12 spaces, as well as in alternative schools, therapeutic schools and juvenile justice facilities are eligible to apply. Educators working outside of the U.S., or at community-based, informal learning sites are not eligible to apply at this time.


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Project Criteria


  • How do your goals and outcomes align with our program’s vision?
  • How is the project relevant to students?
  • How are students involved in project planning or execution?

Demonstrated Need

  • Who will be served by this project?
  • How does the project fill a clear gap in the school’s capacity to serve students?

Sustainability & Support

  • What is the commitment from a leadership team?
  • How is it expressed by various stakeholders (for example, administration, students, families and school resource officers)?
  • How will you sustain the project over time?


  • What are you trying to achieve and how will you report results?
  • How will you demonstrate the impact of the project?

How To Apply

  1. Fully review our project criteria, guidelines and FAQs.
  2. Prepare a short (100-200 words) narrative description of your project.
  3. Prepare a line-item budget.
  4. Complete the online application.

 Apply Here

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You may submit at any time. We hope to respond to your application within four to six weeks.

Questions about the Teaching Tolerance Grants program?

Contact the Grants Manager