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. 

One school may have multiple applicants; however, no teacher will receive more than one grant.  Funds cannot be used for salary support of applicants, for the cost of substitute teachers, for graduate students, 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. 

Deadline:  The 2015 deadline has passed. The 2016 deadline will be announced in December 2015.

For questions or assistance, please contact Latonya Wright, 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.

Deadline:  The 2015 deadline has passed. The 2016 deadline will be announced in January 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 Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, 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. The selection committee seeks a wide variety of applications for grant support that will improve the educational quality in Mount Airy.  Emphasis will be placed on: the way in which initiative, creativity and imagination are demonstrated in projects; the proposed project's potential impact on students; and the strategic relationship between the proposed project and individual professional growth.  An appointed advisory committee will help judge proposals and choose award recipients.  

Deadline:  The 2014 deadline has passed.  The next deadline will be in September 2015.
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