Update as of 2/9/2024 at 12:01pm ET: This campaign no longer has funding available for new projects. If you have a project currently live on the site, we encourage you to keep it on the site so that our community of donors may discover your amazing projects!
Update as of 2/5/2024 at 5:35pm 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 as of 2/5/2024: Funds are running low - submit your project as soon as possible for the best chance of receiving funding.
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) will provide $1,000 to Connecticut educators’ projects to assist them in supporting their students' learning and well being. ($1,000 in total project costs, including fees, is about $800 in resources.)
$4 million in total funding is available for this program, and we anticipate that there will be high interest in this funding opportunity. We will update this page when funds are running low and when none remain. For the best chance of receiving funding for projects, educators should submit projects as soon as possible. While funds last, donations to eligible projects will be made shortly after a project is approved.
How to qualify:
- Teach PreK-12 in a Connecticut public school. Head Start centers do not qualify for this funding opportunity.
- Create a new project on or after 11AM EST on February 1, 2024.
- On the HI page enter the campaign code “CONNECTICUT” by clicking "Apply a campaign code."
- Ensure that your project’s total goal is under $1,000.
- Request resources to enrich your students' social, emotional, and mental well-being, and to further accelerate their academic learning and development.
In your project essay, focus on how the resources you're requesting will map to the following CSDE ESSER priorities:
- Learning Acceleration, Academic Renewal, and Student Enrichment
- Social, Emotional, & Mental Health of Students & School Staff
How you’ll receive funding
If your project meets the above criteria, it will be funded as soon as your project is reviewed by our team and posted on our site, while funds last. (This donation covers up to around $800 in resources.)
What won’t qualify:
- Projects posted before February 1, 2024
- Projects with a total goal over $1,000 (this includes all fees)
- Materials from Teachers Pay Teachers
- Projects of the following types: Professional Development, Special Requests, Virtual Class Trip or Visitor
- Projects posted by Head Start teachers
Frequently Asked Questions
All Connecticut public school educators who teach students in Pre-K – 12th grade are eligible for the program. (Head Start centers are not eligible.) For the purposes of this program, “Connecticut educator” is defined as any full-time equivalent public-school employee who spends the majority of their time directly educating or counseling students. Only one DonorsChoose account per teacher is permitted.
Educators can request classroom resources, including but not limited to supplies, technology, and instructional materials.
No. Funding through this partnership is intended to address the individual and specific need(s) of each educator and classroom. Educators must submit their own projects to participate in the program.
If your project’s total project goal is under $1,000, then you will be fully funded by the $1,000 donation, while funds last. This means that you should request around $800 in materials.
Example project: “Building Robots Helps Build the Next Generation”
With a materials cost of $799.90, and a total project goal of $990.47, this project would be fully funded by the $1000 donation.
Other example projects:
Example project: “Learning to Think Outside the Box with STEM Manipulatives”
- Materials cost of $777.81, and total project goal of $975.86
Example project: “Take a Seat In Science: Empower Our STEM Stars!”
- Materials cost of $701.52, and a total project goal of $955.52
No. An educator can only receive this donation on one project. Projects posted before February 1st at 11AM EST are not eligible for funding. It must be a new project. If a teacher has multiple projects available, the project posted first will receive the donation. Educators are encouraged to post additional projects to DonorsChoose and benefit from our community of donors.
After your project has been fully funded and you’ve received all of your materials, you’ll be prompted to upload a short essay and some photos showing the impact your materials had in your classroom.
Your project will not receive the donation from the Connecticut State Department of Education. To receive the Connecticut donation, your project’s total goal must be under $1,000. This equates to about $800 in materials.
Let’s say you realize that your project’s total goal is higher than the $1,000 amount AND has not received any donations, you can make any edits you’d like by returning your project to a draft status. You can do this by heading over to the Projects section of your Teacher account and clicking on the "Return project to draft" button underneath your project title. Once your project is in draft status, you can make any edits to your carted materials and lower your total project goal then resubmit your project. Then, it will be re-screened by our team and re-posted if eligible. Read more about editing your project.
Yes, the $1,000 donation includes those additional costs as they allow DonorsChoose to support these projects. These fees and the suggested donation cannot be removed from the CSDE one-time donation.
If your project has not received any donations, you can make any edits you’d like by returning your project to a draft status. You can do this by heading over to the Projects section of your account and clicking on the "Return project to draft" button underneath your project title. Once your project is in draft status, you can make any edits and resubmit it. Then, it will be re-screened by our team and re-posted if eligible.
If you submitted your project without the campaign code, you can still add it. Return your project to draft within your teacher account (refer to Question 9 above for more details), then add the campaign code and resubmit.
With thanks to Connecticut State Department of Education
The Connecticut State Department of Education is pleased to leverage ARP ESSER funds to directly support our classroom educators. Commissioner Russell-Tucker and CSDE hope this investment emphasizes how important our educators are, and how deeply we value the learning of our state’s students.