National Geographic: COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators

The National Geographic Society recognizes that educators, who are among the many dedicated individuals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, are pioneering new ways of teaching so that students can continue learning. Educators are doing much more than simply adapting their approach in a socially distant and remote learning world. Educators are pushing boundaries, testing new skills, and advancing learning in profoundly new ways. They are discovering new solutions to enrich your teaching and help students understand the significance of the moments they are currently living through.

Specific interests include:

  • Use the power of science, social studies, and/or geography to help students understand the challenges and impacts of pandemics such as COVID-19
  • Use the power of science, social studies, and/or geography to help educators teach social and/or environmental justice
  • Adapt one of National Geographic’s science or social studies units for elementary, middle, or high school audiences (refer to our online Resource Library) to address your curricular needs and for use in a hybrid learning environment and develop a teacher’s guide accordingly
  • Draw on the concepts and pedagogy in the National Geographic Learning Framework or the National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Process to design instructional resources or projects that meet the goals of this opportunity
  • Design innovative methodologies and practices for science, social studies, and/or geography teaching and learning in a hybrid environment
  • Design innovative ways to bring the world to students and help them bridge their personal experiences to a more global perspective on critical issues (e.g., pandemics, social or environmental justice, racial justice, sustainability, climate)
  • The resources developed via this funding must be scalable across different schools and communities and will be made accessible to all educators through the National Geographic Society website.

Amount: $1,000-$8,000 to individual educators (or to an individual educator working in collaboration with other educators or National Geographic Explorers) to design instructional resources that help educators effectively teach in remote or hybrid learning environments. Priority for this opportunity will be given to educators working in communities that have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and who have not previously received National Geographic funding.

Eligibility: K-12 (or equivalent) teaching professionals worldwide who work, including the following:

  • Classroom teachers of any subject
  • Instructional leaders/teacher coaches
  • Teacher specialists
  • Special education teachers
  • Informal educators

Deadline: Rolling.

Resource Information
Funder National Geographic
Eligibility Individual
Resource URL:
Sector COVID-19 Emergency Response, Education
Grant Amount $1,000-$8,000
Deadline Rolling Date