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Grants to USA Educators for Projects
Benefiting PreK-12 Students

2022 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Action Awards

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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NoVo Foundation, Education First, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

03/14/22 11:59 PM PT


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Grants to USA and territories educators for projects benefiting PreK-12 students. Funding is intended for classroom, school, or district-wide projects that encourage social-emotional growth. Grant funds may be used to support or expand an existing project or to start a new initiative.

NoVo Foundation is committed to supporting the spread of social and emotional learning (SEL) practices in schools and districts nationwide. NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students in grades PK-12. 

Though all proposals are welcome, the Foundation also seeks proposals that specifically support one or more of the following student populations:

  • Boys and young men of color
  • English learners
  • Girls and young women of color
  • LGBTQIA+ students
  • Newcomers, including refugee students or recent immigrants
  • Students disproportionately affected by suspensions or the juvenile justice system
  • Students from native or Indigenous communities
  • Students impacted by housing inequities or homelessness
  • Students with disabilities

This grant program focuses on educators as key catalysts in supporting all students and changing schools. The NoVo Foundation wants to lift up, celebrate and learn from educators. At the same time, the Foundation wants programs and systems to be able to build and foster much greater compassion, to honor the lived experiences of students, to build skills in people and groups to embrace and understand differences, and to work through challenges to promote healing from all forms of trauma and harm. Space can and must be created for educators and students to imagine, build and lead us toward a better future built on racial and gender equity, social justice, and restorative practices.

For priority projects, see the URL for Full Text.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181374

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards for educator-led projects will be a maximum of $8,000 each.

District-level grant awards will be a maximum of $30,000 each.

Term of Contract:

One-year proposal will be accepted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For the 2022–23 school year, applications are invited from two applicant pools:
1) School-based educators (including teachers, counselors, administrators, and other school staff) seeking to implement SEL initiatives in classrooms or schools in the 2022–2023 school year, and
2) District-level applicants seeking to implement SEL initiatives district-wide and/or across multiple schools within one district (including a charter network).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two informational webinars will be held about this grant opportunity and application process. Links to the recordings will be available afterward.

- February 3, 5:00-6:00 pm ET: Register at
- March 3, 6:00-7:00 pm ET: Register at

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is 11:59pm PT on Monday, March 14, 2022. Applications must submitted through the online application portal.

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 additional 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

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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