Close the opportunity gaps that affect student achievement

Our Educators for Equity Grant Program helps teachers foster growth for students who face systemic barriers to academic opportunities. Every summer, we award grants up to $10,000 each to educators from eligible schools and non-profits so they can better support students and help eliminate inequity in education.

Stay tuned for information on our 2019 grant recipients!

Apply for a grant

We’ll begin accepting applications for 2020 in the spring.

Prepare your application information

Ready to apply? Our application template will help you gather all the information you’ll need.

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Apply for a grant

We’ll begin accepting applications for 2020 in the spring.

Prepare your application information

Ready to apply? Our application template will help you gather all the information you’ll need.

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 or professional development.) 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 is 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?

Stay tuned for timeline information for 2020.

What is the review committee process?

Our review committee is comprised of individuals from NWEA and other educational equity leaders. All committee members have received equity training to ensure they apply the same selection criteria and standards to each applicant. Applications are usually reviewed in July, and winners are usually notified in August.