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Education First: SEL in Action Awards

The SEL in Action Awards, a partnership of the NoVo Foundation with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students in grades pre-K-12. Projects are sought that build and foster greater compassion, honor the lived experiences of students, build skills in people and groups to embrace and understand differences, and work through challenges to promote healing from all forms of trauma and harm.

Proposals supporting one or more of the following student populations are of particular interest: students from Indigenous communities, newcomers, English learners, LGBTQIA+ students, girls and young women of color, students disproportionately affected by suspensions or the juvenile justice system, students with learning disabilities, and students impacted by housing inequities or homelessness.

Eligibility: For the 2021-22 school year, applications will be accepted from school-based educators seeking to implement social and emotional learning (SEL) initiatives in classrooms or schools, and district-level applicants seeking to implement SEL initiatives district-wide or across multiple schools within one district.

Award: Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded for educator-led projects, and up to $25,000 for district-level projects. All grantees will receive ongoing educator support for the duration of their grant.

Deadline: The application deadline is April 9, 2021.

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