On October 1, Fund for Teachers launched our 22nd year of investing in educator’s self-designed experiential learning. It’s also our 22nd year of recognizing teachers as professionals worthy of respect and their students deserving of engaging curriculum. We stand by this mission and remain proud of the national cohort of 9,000 strong preK-12 teachers who returned from fellowships validated, empowered and seen as changemakers in their school communities.
Our application process is 100% transparent — we even make public the rubric by which proposals are evaluated. The process is also 100% blind, meaning that any identifying information (name, school, district) are redacted. Here are a few more facts to consider when starting your 2023 grant proposal:
- Public, private and charter school teachers from across the country are invited to apply for up to $5,000 as an individual or $10,000 as a team of two or more for a fellowship to take place during the summer.
- PreK-12 teachers are eligible to apply after three years of teaching in a classroom or classroom-like setting at least 50% of the day. Therefore, librarians and coaches are eligible to apply; principals and administrators are not.
- Applicants must plan to return to a classroom or teaching environment the year following their fellowship and demonstrate the ability to incorporate what they learn into their teaching.
- Successful proposals reflect thoughtful documentation on why this experience is vital to students’ learning. Click here for more grant writing tools and resources.
- This Fellowship Search catalogs 20 years of projects by key word, subject area and grade level to provide examples of what’s possible with a Fund for Teachers grant.
- Previous recipients must wait for five years before reapplying.
We’ve also scheduled multiple opportunities to dialogue with our staff and FFT Fellows to learn more, including:
- Information Session co-hosted with Latinos for Education on October 4 at 5 p CT | Register Here
- Grant Information Session on October 26 at 6p CT | Register Here
- Weekly webinars for Applicants of Color | Register Here
- Travel Tips Information Session on November 9 at 6p CT | Register Here
- Grant Information Session on November 30 at 6p CT | Register Here
“Now more than ever, it is imperative that we invest in the most important component of any classroom — the teacher,” said Karen Eckhoff, Executive Director of FFT. “Educators are facing countless challenges every day, and Fund for Teachers is dedicated to further diversifying the ways that we can support them. Our grants represent trust in teachers’ professionalism, creativity, and vision, offering flexibility to meet the unique needs of each classroom, with the students remaining the ultimate beneficiaries as they continue to grow and learn in today’s ever-changing world.”
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