AFT Innovation Fund: COVID-19 Response Grants

The AFT Innovation Fund is proud to announce COVID-19 response grants for the 2020-21 school year. We know that over the past several months your locals, your communities, and your districts have been grappling not only with academics but also with the collective and individual traumas everyone is experiencing, which impact both teaching and learning.

That’s why during this extraordinary time, we have taken steps to ensure that the AFT Education Foundation’s Innovation Fund is solely focused on supporting your efforts to mitigate the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on your communities.

This funding will take place in two cycles, with investments in grants ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 (based on affiliate size), in an effort to support more AFT affiliates.

We invite local and state K-12 and PSRP affiliates to submit applications that lay out projects to support educators, students, families and communities as they deal with the pandemic. Proposals can include projects focused on (but are not limited to) supporting educators as they go about transitioning students to hybrid learning spaces, addressing students’ social and emotional needs (as well as those of the adults), securing the necessary equipment and resources to teach in a changed environment, developing strategies to engage families in the new teaching and learning environment, and implementing strategies to strengthen our union.

Project priorities

Projects will vary but should fall under one of the following priorities:

  1. Supporting schools’ reopening plans
  2. Supporting children’s academic, social, and emotional health
  3. Supporting educators by rethinking and developing blended instruction
  4. Supporting educators by developing health and well-being strategies/supports for adults in school settings
  5. Supporting families by providing crucial resources