We are not accepting enrichment grant applications at this time. Applications will be open for 2023-24 Fall programs in late June. We are always accepting applications for Fund-A-Teacher.
NCEF is always looking for new ways to support NCSD educators so that you have the tools you need to be successful.
In addition to helping our schools through program grants and discretionary grants, NCEF supports teachers in two ways: by promoting your projects through our Fund-a-Teacher program, and by funding your enrichment grant requests.
Fund-a-Teacher gives teachers access to community crowdfunding, with minimal work on your part. All you have to do is submit your project through the application portal below and NCEF will add it to our website.
The usual time frame for a project to appear on the website is seven days. After that, you and your students' parents will be able to promote your project to your networks. NCEF will also share your project with our social media followers.
Once you've reached your funding goal, NCEF will send you a check. 100% of the money raised through this program goes directly to the teachers!
NCEF Enrichment Grants
NCEF awards more than $35,000 per year to NCSD teacher-led programs which meet our Enrichment Grant guidelines. After you submit your application, we'll post it to the Fund-a-Teacher page so that it can attract community funding, but NCEF may fund your project in its entirety if no other donations have been received.
To better serve our teachers, NCEF responds to your grant applications as quickly as possible. Most approved projects are processed and funded within three weeks from your submission date.
You can submit enrichment grant applications through the portal below. This form doesn't save your progress, so we recommend working on your responses offline, using NCEF's enrichment grant application worksheet. This will also help you to get an accurate word count.
Enrichment Grant Information for Applicants
In writing the application, please keep in mind NCEF’s mission statement: Bridging the gap to ensure students are engaged and ready to learn.
Matching funds solicited by applicants are strongly encouraged -- Once your project is posted on the NCEF Fund A Teacher webpage applicants are strongly encouraged to use the site to share their project through social media, and any other applicable methods, in order to solicit funding. Any sources and amount of such funding not secured through NCEF or their website should be included in the application as well as any fundraising plans. Community and parent involvement are also strongly encouraged.
NCSD teachers/staff may submit only one application as a project coordinator.
Full or partial funding may be awarded for grants selected. We do not usually fund transportation, food, or rewards. We do not fund staff salaries or consultant fees. The average grant size is from $800 to $1,500.
We prefer to fund projects that are innovative, replicable by other District teachers, likely to be sustained through other funding or resources, and that will benefit future classes beyond the grant year.
A brief, final report is required and should include pictures.
Preference is given to proposals that meet the following criteria:
• Original, innovative, and engaging for students
• Supplements and enhances the adopted district curriculum and goals
• Clear and concise objectives, work plan, and evaluation
• Has a high probability of success
• Replicable: Include a plan to share with other teachers in the district or for use in future classes beyond the grant year
• Sustainable or likely to leverage other sources of funding
• Includes active participation by parents, community, or other school staff
• Involves a greater scope and involvement of all students: IEP, TAG, etc.
NCEF Teacher and Classroom Enrichment Grant Requests Should Align with NCSD’s Goals for Student Achievement and Equity by:
• Aligning with K-12 curricula
• Providing extended student learning interventions and enrichments
• Supporting inclusive learning environments
• Removing barriers to equitable student outcomes
• Addressing key performance indicators to ensure quality graduates