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That’s Geography! Educator Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International
Teachers for Innovative Geography Lessons

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National Geographic Society

Deadline Date:

01/15/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to USA, Canada, and International K-12 teachers to create innovative geography lessons. Funding is intended for lesson plans that incorporate geography into other classroom subjects, such as history, art, literature, science, and more.

Proposed projects should benefit students between the ages of 6 to 18. Preference will be given to projects that outline how they will incorporate the National Geographic Learning Framework and Geo-Inquiry Process.

Geography has never been about just finding places on a map or memorizing names. It’s about exploring connections. It’s about seeing how the complex, dynamic human and natural systems interact and change over time. It’s about beginning to understand humanity's role in those systems. Geography is about designing smart solutions that benefit the planet, envisioning new futures, and acting. It touches all subject areas—making them come alive and enhancing student learning. 

Through this grant program, the Society will fund innovative teaching professionals in all subject areas who bring these ideas to life in K-12 (or equivalent) classrooms. NGS seeks applicants who will adopt one—or a select few—standard(s) from the National Geography Standards (and, if required locally, align them with country/state/local geography standards) to design and teach rich geographic lessons within the context of their current courses and content curriculums. NGS is interested in examples of how geography enhances and bolsters student learning in applicants’ own subject areas, whether history, art, literature, science, or any other field. Successful applicants will then share their work broadly with colleagues to impact education, geography, and their particular subject areas.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187436

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request between U.S. $10,000-$75,000 for a grant period between one and two years.

Term of Contract:

Proposed projects must be between one and two years in duration. The start dates for all National Geographic grant projects must be at least six months from the application deadline. Please plan your start date to be July or August 2020 to allow for teacher planning during the time many schools are on break.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Teaching professionals globally who work directly with K-12 (or equivalent) classroom teachers and/or students in schools are eligible to apply. You must apply as an individual on behalf of a teacher group, team, or network.
Preference will be given to:
- K-12 (or equivalent) teaching practitioners (e.g., classroom teachers, teacher coaches);
- Applicants who substantiate their team’s or network’s ability to engage a large number of teachers, either as direct participants in the project or through a detailed dissemination plan; and
- Teacher teams or networks that work with students from vulnerable, disenfranchised, or economically disadvantaged communities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a webinar on Tuesday January 7 at 7:00 PM EST.

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Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: January 15, 2020. All applications received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the deadline will be reviewed, and decisions announced 4 months later.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.