We’d like to share an exciting SEL funding opportunity from the NoVo Foundation. The NoVo Foundation is accepting applications from teachers and districts who will implement SEL initiatives in the 2019-2020 school year.

Complete the NoVo Foundation grant application here. Create a free account first. Then you can log in, review the application questions, draft your responses, and save as you go. The deadline is March 22.

Like Conscious Discipline, the NoVo Foundation is dedicated to fostering global transformation. The organization supports the development of skills that help create a caring and balanced world.

Through the grant program, the NoVo Foundation focuses on educators as key catalysts in changing schools, supporting students, and ultimately transforming the world.


Grant-awards for teacher-led projects will be a maximum of $5,000 each. Grant awards for district-level projects will be a maximum of $25,000.


For the first time, the NoVo Foundation will also award a small number of two-year grants. Applicants for two-year grants will be asked to provide additional information in the application.

NoVo Foundation Grant Guidelines

The NoVo Foundation is looking for applicants seeking to foster SEL skills at the classroom, school, or district level. In particular, they are interested in programs that will create environments and practices promoting belonging, well-being, tolerance, compassion, inclusiveness, restoring relationships, and repairing harm.

The lead applicant must be a teacher (for teacher-led projects) or district employee (for district-level initiatives). Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Finalists may be contacted for follow-up questions and will be required to submit a letter of support from the principal or superintendent.

The deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019, at 11:59 pm PT. 

All proposals are welcome, but priority will be given to proposals that support:

  • Students from indigenous communities
  • New arrivals, such as refugees or immigrants
  • Students with learning disabilities
  • Girls and young women of color
  • English learners
  • LGBTQIA+ students
  • Students disproportionately impacted by suspensions/juvenile justice system

The NoVo Foundation will also prioritize projects that:

  • Focus on student outcomes
  • Build on existing evidence-based practices
  • Serve students within a high-needs school
  • Are sustainable
  • Consider trauma-informed practices, implicit bias and culturally responsive approaches to
    teaching
  • Create alternative and restorative practices of accountability

Leaders of selected projects will sign a grant agreement with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and submit a report at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

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