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2019 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Innovation Awards

Grants to USA Teachers, Teams of Teachers, and District Leaders
to Promote Social and Emotional Growth for PreK-12 Students

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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NoVo Foundation, Education First, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Deadline Date:

03/22/19 11:59 PM PT


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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA teachers and teams of teachers, and grants of up to $25,000 to district leaders for projects that aim to improve systems to foster social and emotional skills in new and innovative ways for students in grades pre-K through 12. Funding is intended for either teacher-led projects or district-wide projects.

NoVo seeks applications that will create places, environments and practices that value belonging, well-being, tolerance, compassion, listening, non-violence, inclusiveness, working productively together, and restoring relationships and repairing harm. NoVo seeks a change from a world based on domination towards collaboration and partnership, and understands that this has to be valued, taught and modeled to and with children in order to make this shift a possibility.

Though all proposals are welcome, proposals are sought that specifically serve one of the following student populations:
- Students from indigenous communities
- New arrivals (such as refugees) or immigrants
- English learners
- LGBTQIA+ students
- Girls and young women of color
- Students disproportionately affected by suspensions or the juvenile justice system
- Students with learning disabilities

Key Selection Criteria:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181374

Number of Grants:

Estimated number of total grants to be awarded: 100 Teacher-Led Awards and 35 District-Led Awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards for teacher-led projects will be a maximum of $5,000 per year each.

District-level grant awards will be a maximum of $25,000 per year each.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards are for one year (2019-20 school year).

For the first time, NoVo will also award a small, select number of two-year grants. Both teacher-led and district-level applicants may choose to be considered for a two-year grant by indicating so in their application and providing additional information as requested in the application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Teacher-Led Awards:
- Lead applicant must be a classroom teacher in a public school (including a charter school) in the United States in grades PK-12. Applications from teams can include individuals with roles other than teachers, but the lead applicant must be a teacher.

District-Led Awards:
- Lead applicant must be a district employee in any role (superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, teacher, director, specialist, counselor, etc.) in a public school district (including a charter network) in the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

No applications will be accepted after 11:59 PM PT on Friday, March 22, 2019.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Finalists may be contacted with follow-up questions regarding their proposals and will be required to submit a letter of support from their principal (for teacher-led awards) or superintendent or CMO leader (for district-level awards).

NoVo aims to notify all applicants with their status by June 2019.

Project leaders and/or teams of selected projects will have the opportunity to share your work and connect with a group of national SEL practitioners, experts and advocates at a convening in Fall 2019 (for teacher grantees) or Spring 2020 (for district grantees).

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Please send any questions about the RFP or application process to

Education First
P.O. Box 22871
Seattle, Washington, 98122-0871

(800) 503 8656 Telephone
(866) 243 0308 Fax

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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