Teacher Grants

Forsyth County

Forsyth County Teacher Grants

Grants, in amounts of up to $2,500, are available for teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum coordinators, and media coordinators in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for various professional growth and enrichment opportunities.  Grants are awarded in support of innovative and results-oriented educational opportunities that enable educators to enhance their impact on students and enrich the subject and/or content being taught in the classroom.  These projects should expand the knowledge and skills of both teachers and students.

Read about 2014 Forsyth County Teacher Grant recipient Brad Rhew and his experience in bringing hands-on learning about oceans to his classroom at Walkertown Middle School.

One school may have multiple applicants in a single year; however, no educator will receive more than one grant in a single year.  Applicants should submit only one application per deadline.  Funds cannot be used for salary support of applicants, for the cost of substitute teachers, for graduate studies, national board certification, or add-on licensure.  Equipment is a low priority.  

Possible requests may include:

  • Local, state, and national conferences, workshops, or seminars
  • Foreign travel
  • Educational travel to be incorporated into the classroom and/or school curriculum
  • Other professional growth and enrichment opportunities
  • Innovative classroom experiences 

Examples of past grants awarded include:

  • $500 to support a poet-in-residence
  • $925 for a professional development opportunity at the Center for Creative Leadership
  • $1,493 for a Kenyan pen pal project 
  • $1,333 to participate in NASA space camp for educators
  • $1,500 to participate in a Spanish cultural exchange
  • $998 to engage students through literature circles and webinars with North Carolina authors

The average grant size is $1,500.

Selection process: An advisory committee of professional educators will review proposals and make grant recommendations. Applicants will be notified in April. Grants will be paid directly to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and will be designated for the grant recipient.

Priorities: Priority will be given to innovative and results-oriented requests that address the following:

  • Impact on students
  • Professional development of the applicant
  • Connection of the educational experience/project to classroom content
  • The dissemination of activities and lessons to other educators

The Winston-Salem Foundation is most appreciative of the following component funds that provide funding for the Forsyth County Teacher Grants:

  • The Sam and Anne Booke Family Trust was established in 1989 by family members of Sam and Anne Booke to improve the quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Grants fund professional development opportunities for PK-12 teachers in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.  
  • The Gaddy Educator Fund was established in 1995 by Dr. Joe E. Gaddy Jr. to provide grants for the professional staff at R. J. Reynolds High School. Dr. Gaddy graduated from Reynolds High School in 1963, completed his undergraduate degree at Davidson College and his medical degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. 
  • The Maytrice Walton Fund was established in 1989 by the family of the late Maytrice Walton, one of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ most remarkable teachers. The funds are used for professional growth opportunities and enrichment for a Winston-Salem/Forsyth County elementary teacher.  
  • The Blanche Raper Zimmerman Fund was established in 1986 by Mrs. Zimmerman and provides assistance for teachers to increase their understanding of and appreciation for various world cultures, with preference for teachers of social studies or history.

How to Apply:  The 2016 grants process is complete.  Applications for 2017 grants will be available online in December 2016.

For questions or assistance, please contact the Grants Manager via email or via phone at (336) 725-2382.


Wilkes County

C.B. Eller Teaching Awards

The C. B. Eller Education Fund was established in 1987 by friends and family of C.B. Eller.  The Teaching Awards are designed to improve the quality of education in Wilkes County by awarding grants for professional growth for public school teachers.  Awards of up to $1,500 will be made for educational experiences, training, or projects that will result in teachers' improved classroom effectiveness.  Awards may be made for enrichment studies such as university study expeditions, self-designed educational experiences that focus on individual research, and specialized training through participation in seminar or conference programs.  An appointed panel of reviewers will help judge proposals, and the Fund's advisory committee will choose award recipients.

Please note: If you are planning to submit a group application, please assign one educator to submit the application on behalf of the group.

How to Apply:  The 2016 grants process is complete.  Applications for 2017 grants will be available online in December 2016.

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For questions or assistance, please contact Andrea Hulighan, Program Officer, via email or via phone at (336) 725-2382.


Mt. Airy City Schools

Zach Smith Fund

The Zach Smith Fund was created in 2009 with gifts made in memory of Zach Smith from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, and his family and friends.  The fund will provide grant awards designed to improve the quality of education in Mount Airy, North Carolina and may be given annually to public or charter school teachers and/or administrators.

Grants will support projects which provide professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators, with priority for those which:

  • Encourage and enrich principal or teacher leadership
  • Support student and/or teacher originated activities in civic education, environmental education, local and state history, economic literacy, and leadership development
  • Promote creativity in student and/or teacher originated arts and humanities projects 

Funds will not be used to provide college scholarships or to support athletic teams.

Program priorities: Only educators or administrators employed by Mount Airy City Schools or local charter schools are eligible to apply. The committee seeks a wide variety of applications for grant support that will improve the quality of education in Mount Airy. Emphasis will be placed on the following:

  • The way in which initiative, creativity, and imagination are demonstrated in projects
  • The proposed project's potential impact on students
  • The strategic relationship between the proposed project and individual professional growth

Funding: Annual grants will be awarded to educators and administrators chosen through a competitive process. The number and size of awards will be determined annually by the advisory committee based on the scope of projects submitted and the income available. The minimum request amount is $250. This fund and the awards provided are not intended to replace the financial commitments to Mount Airy City Schools or charter schools made by the local or state school systems.

Review process:  An appointed advisory committee comprised of representatives of the local contributing foundations, the Zach Smith family or close friend(s) of the family, and the Mount Airy community will choose award recipients.

Contributions from the public may be made to the Fund at any time. Gifts should be clearly designated for the Zach Smith Fund and mailed directly to the Foundation. 

How to Apply:  Applications for 2016 grants will be available online in July or August 2016.

For questions or assistance, please contact the Grants Manager via email or via phone at (336) 725-2382.



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