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Jennings Fund for Teachers

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #199165

Grant Description

Fellowships of up to $5,000 to USA educators and up to $10,000 to teams of educators to improve professional skills. This program is open to full-time K-12 teachers. Eligible proposals should include creative, thoughtful projects or activities that demonstrate potential for learning for the teacher, the student, and the school community.

Teachers are most effective, and improve in their practice, when they are problem solvers and innovators, who take risks, learn, reflect, and collaborate. Teachers who pursue Fund for Teachers’ transformational learning experiences catalyze these problem-solving experiences for themselves and students, ultimately changing schools and communities. Fellowship proposals that prioritize teachers seeking solutions to their own, genuine problems of practice will be best aligned to the program's goals. In addition, proposals that have the potential to center students as changemakers for problems in their communities are highly encouraged to apply.

Goals of a Fund for Teachers fellowship are for educators to:

  • Serve as problem solvers and innovators who create solutions to real problems of practice;
  • Reflect on their experience as a learner and transfer the most powerful aspects of their experience to student learning;
  • Integrate their experiences as Fund for Teachers Fellows into their teaching to create more globally minded students who are empowered to take action;
  • and grow as leaders and change makers.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- A full-time preK-12th grade teacher who spends at least 50% of your time directly providing instruction to students;
- Applicants must have plans to return to a classroom or teaching environment the year following their fellowship and demonstrate the ability to incorporate what they learn into their teaching; and
- Have at least three years’ experience as a preK-12th grade teacher at the end of the school year
(i) Student and substitute teaching do not count towards the three-year requirement
(ii) If the applicant has three years’ experience by the time of their fellowship, Fund for Teachers considers them eligible.
- Previous recipients must wait for five years before reapplying.

Determine if you are applying as an individual or as a team. While team members may be from different schools, districts or states, all members must meet the eligibility criteria.

Ineligible:

Teaching staff that do not provide instruction to students for at least 50% of their full-time position are not eligible. One-on-one instructional time does not count toward the 50%-time requirement described above. Administrators, such as principals, may not apply, nor may they act as the partner applicant.

The Foundation does not make grants to support student travel, the completion of post baccalaureate degrees, university/college credit hours, courses for graduate credit, licensing, or licensure, onsite (or campus) professional development at your school or by the district, compensation for substitutes, stipends and requests that only include classroom supplies, such as books, technology, or other materials. Grants cannot be used to pay for any portion of National Board Certification. All project eligibility is at the discretion of Fund for Teachers.

For more information on non-allowable expenses, see https://fft.fundforteachers.org/app/webroot/files/guidelines/documents/2022-Non-Allowable-Expenses.pdf#page=1.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants must apply online between October 1, 2022, and January 19, 2023, with final submission made by 5 pm CST on January 19, 2023.

Applicants will be notified of the selection committee results on March 28, 2023, by email.

Eligible teachers may submit one application per grant cycle.

Upon award, Fellows will receive 90 percent of their grant, the remaining 10 percent to be disbursed upon completion of post-fellowship requirements.

Guidelines: https://fft.fundforteachers.org/applications/guideline/program_id:206/step:overview

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individuals may apply for up to $5,000, and teams may apply for up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Fellowships should begin after the last day of school in the spring and be completed by the first day of school in the fall, with all fellowship related expenditures made by September 14, 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply Online: https://fft.fundforteachers.org/applications/guideline/program_id:206/step:coversheet

For questions regarding the online application process, please contact: info@fundforteachers.org.

Fund for Teachers
Stephanie Ascherl
stephanie@fundforteachers.org
346.258.6201

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