Update September 24th: Funding for this offer is no longer available.
Update Sep 21st at 9AM MST: Given the popular demand of the first round of grants, the Governor is dedicating an additional $6.7 million in federal Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding to support the needs of hardworking Colorado teachers. Post a new project today!
Update Sep 4th at 10:06PM MST/12:06AM ET: Funding for this opportunity is no longer available.
Update Sep 1st at 11am ET: Funding for this opportunity is running low. Submitted projects are still eligible, but funding may run out before they're approved.
5:30pm ET: The campaign code for this funding opportunity has been closed. New projects will no longer be able to add the code or receive this funding.
Update Aug 29: Scholastic and Time for Kids items are no longer eligible for this funding opportunity.
Starting on September 21st, 2023, Governor Jared Polis & Colorado Department of Education will award up to $1,000 in Federal COVID Relief funding to Colorado classroom teachers’ projects requesting resources to support students in response to COVID-19. Funding for eligible projects will be applied shortly after a project is approved.
How to qualify:
- If you don’t already have one, create a teacher account at www.donorschoose.org/teachers. Then return to this page to follow the rest of these instructions. Do not create a duplicate account.
- Sign into your account.
- Teach PreK-12 in an Colorado public school.
- Create a new project on or after 9AM MST September 21st, 2023 and before September 29th, 2023.
On the “HI” page while creating your project, enter the campaign code COLORADO by clicking "Enter a campaign code."
Request resources to support students’ social, emotional, and mental well-being as well as the impacts of interrupted academic learning as a result of COVID-19.
- Keep in mind that your $1,000 grant includes the materials cost, applicable taxes and fees, shipping costs, and other processing costs. To keep your total project goal at $1,000 you should request around $800 in materials; you will see the project’s total goal update as you shop.
- In your project essay, make sure to describe how the resources you’re requesting will help your students through pandemic-impacted learning.
What won’t qualify:
- Projects posted before September 21st, 2023 or after September 29th.
- Projects with a total goal over $1,000 (this includes all fees)
- Any items that include a subscription component
- Materials from Scholastic, Time for Kids, or Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards
Resources categorized as "Food, Clothing, & Hygiene"
- This means any items like food/snacks, clothing, first aid kits, hand sanitizer, deodorant, tissues, air fresheners, irons, cleaning supplies, or other non-COVID learning response related resources.
- Projects within the subject area "Warmth, Care, & Hunger"
Professional Development, special requests, and virtual trip and visitor projects
- Special request projects are projects that request materials from outside of DonorsChoose’s vendor catalog. For this grant, you’ll need to shop from one of DonorsChoose’s 23 integrated vendors.
- Capital improvements to school building(s)
- Salaries or bonuses
How you’ll receive funding:
If your project meets the above criteria, you’ll receive $1,000 in funding as soon as your project is reviewed by our team and posted on our site, while funds last.
With thanks to the Colorado Department of Education
Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Education are proud to support Colorado teachers and their incredible work responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on student learning. These funds are part of a federal relief package and allowable uses of the funds include:
- Academic materials that students need to recover from learning loss
- Social-emotional or mental health support materials to help with the impact of COVID-19 on student mental health
All participating teachers should comply with any applicable local laws and school district policies when creating their DonorsChoose projects for this partnership.
The initial $11M project was wholly funded by the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, ALN 84.425D, through the Colorado Department of Education.
Additional funding for this project included $6.7M from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds, ALN 84.425C & R, through the Colorado Governor's Office and $400,000 from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, ALN 84.425D, through the Colorado Department of Education.