AFT Innovation Fund: Schedule & guidelines

The Innovation Fund is offering two cycles to acknowledge the moving target of decision making around reopening schools. Our hope is that two cycles will allow locals more flexibility in terms of timing to meet the challenges associated with COVID-19.  

Funding guidelines

  • One-year grants with a maximum request of $50,000.
  • While locals may submit many application ideas, they will only be eligible to win one grant across both cycles.
  • The Innovation Fund is working with a limited budget and therefore not all applications will receive a grant award.  Also, please note that awarded grant amounts are solely at the discretion of the Innovation Fund and thus may not reflect submitted amounts.
  • Proposals should include ways your work can be disseminated and shared so that others can learn from your project (e.g., modules, trainings, manuals, videos, social media, Share My Lesson). All products produced by this grant will be branded and shared widely with AFT members and the general public.
  • We encourage applicants to use partners in their efforts. Some examples could include hospitals, institutes of higher education, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, wellness organizations, etc.

Grant schedule


Grant Period

Accepting Applications

Applications Deadline



Oct. 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2021

July 20

Sept. 13

Week of Sept. 28, 2020


March 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022

December 20

January 24, 2021

Week of February 22, 2021