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Grants to USA Teachers and School Personnel to Promote Equity and Cultural Understanding in the Classroom

Envision Equity Grants


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The NEA Foundation
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Important Dates
Deadline: 09/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to USA eligible teachers and school personnel for projects to enhance equity and cultural understanding in the classroom. This grant program supports project-based learning and helps educators advance students' understanding of democracy and civic engagement, appreciation and cultural understanding, and anti-racism commitments. Envision Equity Grants enable educators to test creative new ideas and innovations, demonstrating exemplary teaching and learning. Applicants must be current NEA members.

Examples of possible uses of funds (this is not an exhaustive or prescriptive list):

  • Bring trainers to your school to support culturally-sustaining teaching and learning;
  • Purchase and implement new social and emotional learning curriculum materials;
  • Pay for supplies to implement project-based learning, addressing a real-world challenge;
  • Develop stronger education-focused family, school, and community partnerships;
  • Gain access to resources that can help to deepen students’ understanding of racial equity and anti-racist commitments and actions;
  • Implement projects elevating student voice and supporting students’ engagement in civic and community life.

Grant applications focused on the following topics are most likely to be funded:

  • Enhanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Master of essential academic content
  • Communication and collaboration skills
  • Project-based learning and learning experiences connected to real-world issues and challenges


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be teachers, education support professionals, or specialized instructional support personnel and must be current NEA members.

Education support professionals include: para-educators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians.

Specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) include professionals such as school counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, library media specialists, speech pathologists and others.

Current NEA Foundation grantees are ineligible for this funding opportunity. A successful proposal will also make an individual ineligible for other NEA Foundation funding opportunities until the grant is successfully completed and closed out.

Pre-Application Information
Application Timeline:

- December 1, 2022 - February 1, 2023.
Notifications: April 10, 2023

- March 1, 2023 - April 27, 2023
Notifications: June 30, 2023

- June 15, 2023 - September 15, 2023
Notifications: November 15, 2023.


Application guidance:

Estimated Size of Grant
Envision Equity grants will fund projects between $1,500 and $5,000.

Term of Contract
Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

NEA Foundation
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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