Apply for a 2020 Inclusive Classroom Grant

Note: The application for the 2020 Inclusive Classroom Grant is now closed. To fundraise for your classroom or school and receive updates for our next grant opportunity, you can register on Teachers register here. School adminstrators register here.

The 2020 Inclusive Classroom Grant is now open! Our Inclusive Classroom Fund addresses inequity in education on the basis of race, ethnicity, family background, sexual and gender identity, ability, or any personal or social circumstances. 

Now through March 31, 2020, any K-12 public, private, or charter school teacher or principal can apply for a $1,000 supplies grant to support inclusive classrooms. We are looking for teachers or principals who need anything from flexible seating to diverse books, to ensure all students are ready to learn.

Application and Evaluation Criteria

  • Each application will be evaluated by two staff members and given a value out of 15 points. Applications will be evaluated on the following:
    • Educator addresses inequity in education on the basis of race, ethnicity, family background, sexual and gender identity, ability, or any personal or social circumstances. (5 points) 
    • Educator clearly portrays themselves as an expert and leader in the profession (5 points) 
    • Educator clearly demonstrates that they will utilize funds to deliver an impactful and innovative experience for students (5 points)
    • +2 points: Educator appears to work at a school that meets our definition of “High-Needs.”
    • +2 points: Educator uploaded a photo.

Requirements for 2020 Inclusive Classroom Grants

  • Eligibility
      • Any K-12 teacher, principal, or certified staff member employed at a public, private, or charter K-12 school (as verified by the National Center of Education Statistics) will be considered. If you do not see your school accurately listed in their database, please contact our staff at [email protected] to let us know.
      • Educators in all 50 states and all US Territories are encouraged to apply. 
        • We are prioritizing funding for one grant in the Seattle, WA area.
      • Educators must agree to follow’s Terms of Use to apply and receive funds.
  • Permission
      • Educators applying for funds give consent for their application content, name, photo, and school to be published in communications by and/or LakiKid to promote their partnership.
  • Impact Reporting
    • Winners of a $1,000 grant will be required to complete a short survey and provide a photo or video to show the impact this grant had in their classrooms and on their students by September 30, 2020. This content may be used by and/or in LakiKid communications.

April 30, 2020. We will fund as many grants at $1,000 as we can, some educators may receive a higher donation depending on their application. 

If you are unsure if your school or classroom qualifies for this funding, please contact our team at [email protected].


Here are a few examples of teachers awarded an Inclusive Classroom Grant in previous years:

photo of Jenny

Flexible Classroom Seating

“I’m lucky to work with my favorite artists, which are my students. Right now our classroom is outfitted with traditional classroom furniture like tables and chairs. Unfortunately, almost all of our students require special seating because of a disability. So while our furniture is adequate, it is not meeting our needs.”

– Jenny, Visual Arts Teacher in New York, NY

Coding and Tinkering Games

photo of Jill“These items are meant to foster an alternative form of learning that will promote active game play to initiate conversation, laughter and deep learning in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Because I teach all 500 students in my building, I realize that I have to find clever ways to hook all of my students into my classroom. My goal is to break down cultural barriers that are often built up over time in social situations.”

– Jill, Technology Teacher in Louisville, KY

photo of Rose

Soap, Deodorant, Laundry Detergent, Socks, Hair Combs

“We plan to continue our extremely successful before-school hygiene, bathing, showering, and clothes washing program that assists several dozen students a week and over a hundred a month. We purchase these items to assist students who may be dealing with utility shut off, neglect, violence, homelessness, and more. This program is proven successful to reduce bullying and to increase inclusivity.”

– Rose, Special Education Teacher in Detroit, MI


Do you have more questions about the Inclusive Classroom Grant or this application?

Join us for our Twitter Party on March 8! staff and educators will be tweeting about all things related to creating an inclusive environment for your students. You can also contact [email protected]. 

Remember – you may receive a donation today if you ask! Check out the crowdfunding tips section of our blog and share your page with potential donors after you update it. 

Thank you to LakiKid and individual donors for sponsoring this year’s Inclusive Classroom Fund. If you need flexible seating for your classroom, LakiKid is holding a giveaway! Enter here.