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Deadline: March 22, 2019

NoVo Foundation: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Innovation Awards

The NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed teacher-led projects and district-wide projects that foster social-emotional skills in students in grades PreK-12. Proposals will be accepted from:

  • Individual teachers or teams of educators seeking to implement SEL initiatives in the classroom or school in the 2019-2020 school year
  • District-level applicants seeking to implement SEL initiatives district-wide and/or across multiple schools within one district (including a charter network)

The Foundation seeks applications that will create places, environments, and practices that value belonging, well-being, tolerance, compassion, listening, non-violence, inclusiveness, working productively together, and looking out for one another. 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, the Foundation 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

Amount: Dependent on project, as follows:

  • Teacher-led: A total of up to 100 one-year and and 30 two-year grants will be awarded that range up to $5,000 per year
  • District-level: A total of 35 one-year and 10 two-year grants will be awarded that range up to $25,000 per year


  • Teacher-led awards: Lead applicant must be a classroom teacher in a public school (including a charter school) in the United States in grades PreK-12. Applications from teams can include individuals with roles other than teachers, but the lead applicant must be a teacher.
  • District-level awards: Must be a district employee in any role (superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, teacher, director, specialist, counselor, etc.) in a public school district (including a charter network) in the United States. Districts are defined as any work that spans multiple schools. Charter schools that have an elementary and a middle school are welcome to apply, even if both are in the same building.

Note: Applications are welcome from a teacher/non-profit partnership or district/non-profit partnership, but the Foundation requires the lead applicant to be a teacher (for teacher-led awards) or district staff person (for district awards).

Link: http://education-first.com/social-emotional-learning-innovation-fund/

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