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2020 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Action Awards

Grants to USA Educators to Implement Social Projects
in Classrooms, Schools, and School Districts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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NoVo Foundation, Education First, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

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Deadline Date:

04/29/20 11:59 PM PT


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Grants of $7,000 and grants of $25,000 to USA and territories educators to implement social projects in classrooms, schools and school districts. Funding is intended to foster social-emotional growth for students in grades Pre-K through 12. Grant funds may be used to support or expand an existing project or to start a new initiative.

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. 

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, NoVo is also seeking proposals that specifically support one or more 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
  • Students impacted by housing inequities or homelessness 

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Are focused primarily on student outcomes (as opposed to only adult outcomes)
  • Are original and innovative, and build off of existing evidence-based practices or the science of learning
  • Bring an orientation and analysis of racial and/or social justice
  • Serve students within a high-needs school
  • Are able to be implemented during the 2020-21 school year
  • Have the potential to carry on beyond the grant period
  • Demonstrate principal, school/district leader and peer educator support
  • Consider trauma-informed practices, implicit bias and culturally responsive approaches to teaching
  • Are creating alternative and restorative practices of accountability
  • Foster a deeper connection to nature

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181374

Number of Grants:

For the 2020-2021 school year, there will be about 100 educator-led awards and 35 district-level awards. There will be about 30 two-year educator-led awards and about 10 two-year district-level awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards for educator-led projects will be a maximum of $7,000 each. District-level grant awards will be a maximum of $25,000 each.

There will also be a small, select number of two-year grants. Applicants for two- year grants may request up to $7,000 per year (2020-21 and 2021-22) for educator-led awards and up to $25,000 per year (2020-21 and 2021-22) for district-level awards. Two-year grantees’ second year grant payment will be contingent upon a year one grant report sharing challenges and opportunities related to their project objectives.

Term of Contract:

Grants are for the 2020-2021 school year. NoVo will also award a small, select number of two-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For the 2020-21 school year, applications are invited for the SEL in Action Awards from two applicant pools:
- School-based educators (including teachers, counselors, administrators and other school staff) seeking to implement SEL initiatives in classrooms or schools in the 2020-2021 school year, and
- 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:

There will be two informational webinars about this grant opportunity and application process:
1) The first informational webinar was on Thursday, February 20. You can view a recording of this session at
2) The second webinar is on Tuesday, March 24: 5:00-6:00pm ET / 2:00-3:00pm PT
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+ 1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
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Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted February 10 through May 29. No applications will be accepted after 11:59 PM Pacific time on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

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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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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