Close the opportunity gaps that affect student achievement

We’re excited to announce the Educators for Equity Grant Program, a new initiative for helping teachers foster student growth for students who face systemic barriers to academic opportunities. This summer, we’ll be awarding grants up to $10,000 to educators from eligible schools and non-profits, so they can better support their most important student growth programs and help eliminate inequity in education.

Educators for Equity Application

Applications are due by June 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Prepare your application information

Apply on your own time! Be sure to use our Application Template to prepare and submit before June 30, 2019.

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Educators for Equity Application

Applications are due by June 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Get started now!

Prepare your application information

Apply on your own time! Be sure to use our Application Template to prepare and submit before June 30, 2019.

Download the template

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Eligible

To be eligible for a grant, the potential grant Recipient must be a U.S. school serving students from pre-K through 12th grade and either: (i) be a public school; or (ii) have an IRS determination letter of Section 501(c)(3) status. Organizations and activities not eligible for funding are: for-profit organizations; religious programs focused on religious activities only (applicants at faith-based schools inclusive of all beliefs and backgrounds are invited to apply); or organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical circumstances, age, status as a veteran, national origin, or in hiring practices. Please read the Rules for Applicants before applying.

What is the selection criteria?

When evaluating applications, the selection committee will consider the following:

    • Populations served: Extent to which the program supports students who face systemic barriers to academic opportunities, including students who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Asian/Pacific Islander; students learning English and speaking a language other than English fluently; and students experiencing economic disadvantage.
    • Evidence base:  Justification of an evidence-based, high quality program focused on facilitating the academic development of students
    • Equity mission:  Alignment with the priority to remove systemic barriers to academic success for economically disadvantaged students and/or students of color
    • Cultural relevance: Evidence of culturally-relevant fit of the program based on the community/populations served
    • Academic focus:  Explicitly focused on improving academic opportunities and outcomes for students served

The committee will also consider the extent to which grant awards will go to program operations, versus supplies and materials. (Funding is not intended for the primary purpose of purchasing supplies and materials.) In addition, it is important to note that whether an applicant uses NWEA products and services will not be taken into account in selecting grant recipients.

What’s on the application?

Applicants are required to register for an account with our application portal and will be asked to provide the following application materials: School/classroom demographics To achieve our singular priority of removing systemic barriers, it is imperative that the students served by the Educators for Equity Grant Program meet the populations historically underserved based on race/ethnicity, language, and economic disadvantage. Data on the following will be required in the application:

  • School demographics by racial/ethnic subgroup
  • Percentage of English language learners
  • Percentage of students that qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, or proof of participation in the Community Eligibility Program (all students receive free/reduced lunch).
  • Percentage of mobile students and percentage of homeless students, if available

Program overview/summary Provide a description of your program or activity, including:

  • Number of students served
  • Program content, including evidence on which the program is based
  • Program timeline
  • Curricula, if applicable (please specify if it is aligned to state standards)

Measurable Outcomes How will you measure the success of your program? Explicitly state the academic outcomes your program aims to produce for student participants and how you will measure those outcomes. Program budget Complete the provided itemized program budget template illustrating how funds will be spent.

What is the timeline?

Applications are due no later than June 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST and will be reviewed during the month of July. Winners will be notified in August 2019.

What is the review committee process?

Throughout the spring, we will be assembling a review committee comprised of individuals both from NWEA and other educational equity leaders. During the month of June, we’ll provide each committee member with equity training to help ensure each judge is applying the same selection criteria and standards. The committee will review all received applications throughout July, and winners will be chosen and notified in August.