Educator Grants

Educator Grant Guidelines and Vision

Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants support K–12 educators who embrace and embed anti-bias principles throughout their classrooms, schools and districts. These grants, ranging from $500 to $10,000, support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy.

Questions about the Teaching Tolerance Grants program? Contact our Grants Coordinator. Thinking of drafting a grant proposal? Check out these pro tips.

 

How to Apply 

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

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time. We hope to respond to your application within four to six weeks.

 

Who Is Eligible?

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

The Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants fund projects on three levels: district, school and classroom.

School- and district-level grants award up to $10,000. Successful projects have focused on improving school climate, preventing or responding to incidents of hate, or promoting dialogue about anti-bias issues at school.

Other successful projects have incorporated Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards into school- or district-wide curriculum or have worked to support educators adopting the best practices outlined in Teaching Tolerance’s school climate resources

Classroom-level grants award up to $5,000. Successful projects have helped educators promote empathy and kindness, positive identity development, perspective taking, critical thinking about injustice and collective action. 

They have offered educators the resources necessary to create safe and welcoming classrooms that reflect the outcomes described in Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards. Preference is given to projects that emphasize student action and promote student voice. 

Some of Stef Bernal-Martinez's students exploring the Durham Civil Rights Memorial. Photo by Bernal-Martinez

Project Criteria

School and Community Need
• What student, school or community need or issue does this project address?
• How is it tailored to fit the unique needs of your particular student population?

Outcomes and Assessment
• What are the desired outcomes for this project?  How will you achieve them?
• How will you assess the project’s success? 

Student-Centered
• How are students involved in the planning or execution of this project? (We encourage applicants to prioritize the experience of students.)
• How does this project ultimately relate to or improve the experience of students?

Sustainability and Support
• How will you sustain the project over time? (We are unable to fund projects over multiple years.)
• Who are the stakeholders in your project? (e.g., administrators, students, families) What commitments have you received from them? 

Grants Action Models

Interested in replicating an anti-bias grant project in your school or classroom? Check out these action models with accessible plans and how-to steps.

Learn more about our Grants Action Models

 

Featured Grant Products

Our Educator Grants have supported grantees and students as they build websites, create businesses, write and publish books, plan and perform theater pieces and much more. Check out some of the incredible work that these educators and students have produced—and get inspired—below.