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Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program

Grants to USA K-12 Educators to
Implement Creative Classroom Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Voya Financial - Scholarship America

Deadline Date:

04/30/19 3:00 PM CT


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $27,000 to USA full-time K-12 teachers and educators to support creative projects in classrooms throughout the country. Funding must be used to further the projects within the school or school system.

Each of the 100 finalists will receive an award of $2,000. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state.

Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards. First place will receive a bonus of $25,000; second place will receive a bonus of $10,000, and the third place winner will receive a bonus of $5,000.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178562

Number of Grants:

Each year, 100 educators are selected. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Educators receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. The three top awards provide an additional $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants to the Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program must be:
- Employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States.
- Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective and innovative projects that improve student learning.

All K-12 education professionals, whether or not they are clients of Voya Financial, are eligible.

Indirect costs or administrative fees should not be paid or withheld from the grant award.

Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Previous recipients of the Unsung Heroes awards are not eligible to apply for another award.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted on or before 3:00 p.m. Central Time April 30, 2019.

Applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline in order for your application to be processed.

Scholarship America will select 100 finalists. The Educators Advisory Board, consisting of teachers and education administrators, will select recipients of the top three awards in the summer of 2019. By Fall 2019, all finalists will be notified whether or not they have been selected to receive a bonus award.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Call: 1-507-931-1682 and ask for the Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program

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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