Apply for a Grant

Our goal is to spare teachers the need to spend money out of pocket to provide for their classrooms and students. We have two types of grants to accomplish this.

Future Grants

These offer the guarantee of reimbursement for a purchase that a GrantEd member plans to make in the future. This grant request type can only be used to request funds for student experiences (guest speakers, event admission, transportation, etc.) and professional development opportunities (courses, lectures/seminars, conferences, etc.).


Past Grants

These offer the reimbursement of funds a GrantEd member has already spent on classroom-related items, student experiences, or professional development opportunities; they relieve teachers of expenses they have already personally incurred. In order to apply for a Past Grant, the receipt(s) for the goods purchased must be submitted at the time of application and reflect a purchase date in the 2 months leading up to the grant deadline. Past Grants can be used on anything except computers and tablets.


Past Grants

I have already spent the funds I am seeking reimbursement for.

I have the receipt for that purchase.

The receipt reflects a purchase date within the current month.

I am NOT purchasing a computer or tablet.

I have carefully reviewed the video requirements below and ensured that my video contains all of the necessary information.

Past Grant Application

Future Grants

I have a plan for a purchase I would like to make; I have not yet spent the funds.

I am NOT purchasing a computer/tablet, food, drinks, gift cards, seed money, personal hygiene items, or any items or supplies for my classroom. I am only applying for a student experience (field trip) or professional development opportunity.

I have carefully reviewed the video requirements below and ensured that my video contains all of the necessary information.

Future Grant Application

Video Requirements

Classroom Items

The video is the most important part of your application! Without touching on these five points, your application will not be considered for a grant award.

  1. State your name and school name clearly.
  2. As you speak, show us the items you have already purchased (note that a Past Grant is the only request method by which to seek reimbursement for classroom supplies). The items shown here must be reflected in your purchase receipt.
  3. Explain how these items directly correlate to your curriculum, support your school culture, or benefit your students. Tell us about how you have used them or plan to use them.
  4. Finally, tell us why you have come to GrantEd and are not seeking these funds elsewhere.

Field Trips and Student Experiences

  1. State your name, school, and ward clearly.
  2. Tell us about the experience you want to provide for your students, including the cost, location, and expected dates.
  3. Explain how this experience directly correlates to your curriculum, supports your school culture, or benefits your students. Be specific.

Professional Development

  1. State your name and school name clearly.
  2. Provide your teaching position and grade(s) or role at your school.
  3. Describe the course/workshop/event, its purpose, the provider, the date(s) it will take place, and the location.
  4. Tell us whether the course or activity will earn you credits for certification or if it's simply of interest to you.
  5. Tell us why you have come to GrantEd and are not seeking these funds elsewhere.

Key Facts

If your school is a GrantEd partner, then you can log on to become a member.

  • GrantEd membership is contingent on an individual’s employment at a GrantEd partner school. Teachers, instructional coaches, counselors, psychologists, and nurses are eligible for membership; adminstrative and business staff are not.
  • Grant funds can only be used for the school that is associated with your membership account. For example, if you work at Ballou, you can only make requests to benefit Ballou.
  • If a GrantEd member moves to an unpartnered school, their membership will be deactivated. If a member moves to a partner school, they must simply notify GrantEd staff of the change.
  • Teachers employed simultaneously in multiple schools must create a unique member account for each school for which they want to receive grant funds.
  • If one of your schools isn’t a GrantEd partner, ask your principal to contact us and we can establish the partnership in just a couple of days!
  • If you have received three grants, we may ask you to contribute to the GrantEd Foundation community by reviewing a product, sharing best practices, or telling us about your GrantEd experience for use in fundraising and our efforts to measure impact.

You can apply any day of the year. You will find out if you got the grant by the 15th day of the next month.

  • Grant applications can be submitted at any time. Applications received before 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the month will be considered for the next month’s grant cycle.
  • Applications received after 12:00 a.m. on the first day of the current month will be considered for the following month’s grant cycle.
  • For example: An application submitted between September 1 at 12:01 a.m. and September 30 at 11:59 p.m. will be processed in the October cycle. An application submitted anytime after 12:01 a.m., October 1, will be processed in the November cycle.
  • Grant award notifications are made by email on the 15th day of each month.

We have two types of grants. One is for stuff you plan to get, one is for stuff you already got. You can’t buy food with the first one.

  • A Future Grant offers the guarantee of reimbursement for funds a GrantEd member plans to spend in the future on professional development or student experiences. Future Grant funds are intended to relieve teachers of expenses they would very likely otherwise incur personally, in advance of that expenditure.
  • A Future Grant applications can only be made for student experiences and professional development requests. The Future Grant CANNOT be used for the following:
    • books
    • classroom supplies (writing utensils, paper, folders, etc.)
    • furniture & decor
    • storage/organizational items
    • toys & games
    • printers & ink
    • learning aids & curriculums
    • computers (desktop or laptop), tablets, phones
    • food (fresh or packaged) & drinks,
    • seed money, gift cards
    • clothing & personal hygiene items (deodorant, tooth brushes, toothpaste, razors, etc.).
  • A Past Grant application is a request to be reimbursed for funds you have already spent in the 2 months leading up to the next application deadline. You must submit itemized receipts for these purchases.
  • The Past Grant method allows reimbursement for all of the items in the bulleted list above (which are not covered by Future Grant).
  • GrantEd awards do not cover computers, tablets, or phones.
  • Only one type of grant request can be submitted per member per month.

Your video is the most important part. Don’t ruin your chances by doing it wrong.

  • We don’t have that many requirements, so it’s extra important that you cover what little we do ask for. Once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll be a pro and making your video will be a breeze. And remember, content over production quality! We’re not looking for Hollywood, just clear info.
  • Application videos must be complete in order to reach the scoring stage (see Video Guidelines). If the video portion is missing any of the required elements, applicants will receive notification that the application was deleted, at which point they are free to resubmit.
  • Applicants will not be coached on the changes that their video applications require in order to be considered--please carefully review the video requirements and ensure that all points are met.
  • Videos must be no more than 60 seconds in length or smaller than 100 MB in size.

You’re being scored by your peers, though none who know you personally.

  • Your application is scored using a rubric that prioritizes school communities with the most need and requests with the most potential impact.
  • Your application is scored by 3-5 anonymous committee members. They do not confer about scoring; they don’t even know who else is seeing your application.
  • Your score is the average of these individual scores together with the score your school carries, which is determined by PTA/community support activity, and your personal member score.
  • Your personal member score is informed in part by how many awards you’ve already received. The tracking of the number of grants received will reset each year on September 1.
  • Maximum total award per academic year per applicant: $3,500.

We work on a reimbursement model. We're hear to reimburse you for money you’ve already spent out of pocket.

  • Receipts submitted for reimbursement must be itemized and reflect the purchase of the goods specified in the original application.
  • Receipts from any purchases must be submitted all at once as a single document in a single email. Reimbursement will be made after submission based on the totals reflected in the receipt(s) for that submission. Receipt submissions made over multiple emails will not be reimbursed.
  • GrantEd staff issues reimbursements within 1 week of confirmation of receipts by an applicant’s school principal.
  • For online or credit card purchases, the receipt must reflect that payment was made solely by the applicant and it must reflect the school’s address as the shipping address.
  • Forfeiture of grant funds (communicated by email to GrantEd) is allowable within the first week of receiving notification of the award, while there is time enough to pass on the award to another teacher. If grant funds are not spent within the allotted 30-day period, they are forfeited. The forfeiture of grant funds will be taken into account in the scoring of future applications.
  • Because award decisions are based in part on which school the applicant is working in, the goods purchased with GrantEd funds are property of the school, not to the applicant. (See Membership, above, for applicants employed in more than one school.)
  • If you need to change the item(s) you’re buying, notify GrantEd before purchase is made. Changes are allowable as long as the new item still fulfills the purpose of the original request such that the scoring would likely not change.
  • Violation of grant award terms (i.e., spending funds on something other than what the application specified, forfeiting funds on multiple occasions) may result in the temporary suspension of your GrantEd membership, a penalty on future scores for future awards, or permanent removal from membership, depending on the severity of the violation, and is subject to the determination of the GrantEd staff.
  • You can only be reimbursed for money you have spent. Do not combine your purchase with that of another teacher. Remember, your receipt can only have your name on it. Each teacher should apply for his/her grant separately.

Don’t worry, your info is safe with us.

  • Unless we have specifically requested permission to use, an application (including the video) is deleted permanently after 30 days.
  • Applications will be viewed by GrantEd staff as well as members of our scoring teams.
  • Membership data (as provided to us through the registration form) will not be shared with anyone.
  • Membership status (i.e., active, inactive) can be shared with a member’s school principal or GrantEd’s alternate point of contact within the school, but never with anyone outside of the school beyond GrantEd staff and scorers.

What's the grant cycle?

Applications are accepted every single day, though we award grants on a monthly basis. Every month, a new grant cycle is launched. The deadline to apply for each cycle is before the first day of the month. This means that if you apply on anytime between April 1 and April 30 (by 11:59 PM), for example, your application will be included in the May cycle. On the 15th of each month, all applicants in that cycle will be notified as to whether they have been awarded their grant. Awardees have 30 days from notification to make their purchase and submit a receipt for it. (GrantEd does not reimburse purchases made outside of the 30 day window.) The receipt will be sent to the school principal or school business manager for third-party confirmation. This involves a quick reply to an email from the GrantEd staff that outlines the original request. GrantEd allows one week for this verification process to be completed. GrantEd issues reimbursements for confirmed purchases every Friday through PayPal.

We only work in Washington DC public and charter schools.

Only teachers who work in schools that are partnered with GrantEd are eligible to become members and request grants. GrantEd is currently partnered with the following DC schools: Aiton ES Ballou HS Burroughs ES Burrville ES Columbia Heights Education Campus Ida B. Wells MS JO Wilson ES McKinley MS McKinley Tech Roosevelt STAY Simon ES Wheatley Education Campus Whittier Education Campus If your school isn't listed here and you would like it to be, ask your prinicipal to contact us.

Having trouble logging in?

If you're sure that you created an account in the past but are unable to login or reset your password, it is likely because of one of the following: 1) Your account was created when DCPS was using addresses. In this case, you will have to create a new account using an email that you can access. 2) Your school did not renew partnership for the current academic year and your account has been deactiviated. You can see if your school is a GrantEd partner by checking the list in the first FAQ question above. If you have moved from one GrantEd school to another, please notify Remember, if you recently created a username and password as a new member, you will not be granted access to the site until you have submitted the registration form. You should receive this within a day or two or requesting login access.