Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program

Awards to USA K-12 Teachers and Educational
Staff to Support Creative Classroom Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Voya Financial - Scholarship America

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 3:00 PM Central Time


Request a Grant Writer

Awards to USA educators for creative projects that enhance student learning. Funding must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. This program is open to principals, teachers, classified staff, and paraprofessionals in K-12 private and public schools.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178562

Number of Grants:

Each year, 50 educators are selected. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each of the 50 finalists will receive an award of $2,000. Of the 50 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards. First place will receive a bonus of $25,000; second place will receive a bonus of $10,000, and the third place winner will receive a bonus of $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants to the Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program must be:
- Employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States.
- Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective and innovative projects that improve student learning.

All K-12 education professionals, whether or not they are clients of Voya Financial® are eligible. Non-profit groups which are not schools are not eligible, i.e., 501(c), etc.

Indirect costs or administrative fees should not be paid or withheld from the grant award.

Previous recipients of the Unsung Heroes Awards Program top three awards are eligible to apply for another award; however, applicants may receive a top award one time only.

Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Pre-Application Information:

Your application must be submitted on or before 3:00 p.m. Central Time on April 30, 2021.

All applicants will receive notification via email by June 30, 2021 with the status of their application. Scholarship America will select 50 finalists. A group consisting of teachers and education administrators, will select recipients of the top three awards in the summer of 2021. By Fall 2021, all finalists will be notified whether or not they have been selected to receive a bonus award. Payments for awards will be presented no later than December 2021 to recipients by local agents of Voya. Award checks are made payable jointly to the recipient and to his or her school.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Phone: 1-507-931-1682 and ask for the Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits for Public Programs that Promote the Humanities in Local Commu...

Deadline 07/15/21 LOI Date: 05/15/21

Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations for programs that promote the humanities in local communities. Certain applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. All applicants are advised to contac

GrantWatch ID#: 125447

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Increase Organizational Capacity to Improve Housing...

Deadline 06/14/21

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and eligible agencies to increase organizational capacity to improve housing practices. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to strengthen organizational capacity

GrantWatch ID#: 125731

Grants to New York and Pennsylvania Families Caring for a Child with Cancer to Offset Treatm...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to New York and Pennsylvania families living in eligible areas and caring for a child with cancer to offset expenses related to the child's cancer treatments. Funding is intended to cover costs not covered by health insurance, including travel costs, housing, and

GrantWatch ID#: 125904

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits to Address Community Needs in Eligible Regions

Deadline 10/01/21

Grants to Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for projects and capital campaigns that address community needs. Applicants requesting support for a capital campaign are asked to contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Projects are e

GrantWatch ID#: 126506

Awards to Kentucky Individuals, Organizations, Agencies, and Schools to Recognize Significan...

Deadline 06/15/21

Awards to Kentucky individuals, organizations, businesses, agencies, and schools to recognize significant contributions to the arts within the state or nationally. The awards are intended to honor outstanding recipients from nine award categories who have supported arti

GrantWatch ID#: 126777

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to Support Mergers or Acquisitions

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to support entrance into mergers or acquisitions. Funding is intended to support reorganizations that result in well-maintained or improved services or financial savings. The Foundation encourages transformati

GrantWatch ID#: 126963

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits to Support Education, Health, and Human Services Projects

Deadline 05/31/21

Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations for programs that improve the lives of the local residents. Funding is intended for projects in the areas of human services, health care initiatives, and furthering the cause of education. Eligible programs are those with

GrantWatch ID#: 128277