Each year, the Edcamp Foundation awards Impact Grants to educators who have attended at least one Edcamp (must be registered with the Edcamp Foundation), and want to either enhance their professional learning or implement an idea or skill learned at Edcamp.
Twice per year, the Edcamp Foundation opens their Impact Grant application portal for online submissions. Applications are reviewed and scored by volunteer teacher readers who use a grading rubric to anonymously determine which applications will be awarded funding. Impact Grant awardees receive $500 USD towards their proposal. Within six months from their award date, awardees submit a final report to the Edcamp Foundation that details the impact of the funding on their professional learning and/or classroom.
The application period timeline is contingent upon Edcamp Foundation’s funding year and the standard U.S. school year schedule, which are are subject to change. The next application process begins mid September 2018.
The entire application process, from submission to award date takes three months (i.e., applications submitted in September are not awarded until December). So please be mindful of when you intend to use the grant money!
Grant applicants serving in Title 1, under-resourced city districts are strongly encouraged to apply and are given priority. Educators, administrators, and support staff employed by U.S. PreK-12 schools are all welcome to apply.
If you have questions, please email Justine LeDonne @ Justine@edcamp.org.
To qualify for an Impact Grant:
1) Applicant must have attended a registered Edcamp within the last year. (If you are unsure whether or not your Edcamp registered through the Edcamp Foundation, please contact your Edcamp’s organizer)
2) Applicant plans on staying with their current employer for at least one year from the date of their application.
3) Applicant is employed by a U.S. PreK-12 school and are living within the U.S.
Those who are employed by post-secondary establishments, for-profit companies or businesses, international schools based outside of the U.S., or are currently enrolled within a pre-service education program, are not eligible to apply.
Grading and Rubric
Applications are graded anonymously by fellow volunteer PreK-12 educators based in the U.S. Our volunteer readers are selected, trained, and supervised by Edcamp Foundation staff prior to reading applications. The top rated applications receive a $500 grant award.
Applicants are graded on a rubric scale that focuses on three key elements: program description, impact and sustainability, and plan and budget. Please view the rubric below for a breakdown of grading. For a printable version of this rubric, please click here.
For examples of previous winners of the Impact Grant, click HERE for inspiration!
For an example of a winning itemized budget for your application, click HERE!