$500 School Supply Grants for Teachers

This fall, AdoptAClassroom.org will award 20 high-needs teachers each with a $500 supply grant. These are school supply grants for teachers who teach at a high-needs K-12 public school, where 40% or more of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

To apply, create or update your classroom page by September 30th, 2020 and include the hashtag “#HighNeeds20” in your classroom fundraising page description.

Don’t have a classroom fundraising page on AdoptAClassroom.org? Register on AdoptAClassroom.org and create a classroom fundraising page following the application criteria below!

These school supply grants for teachers can be used to purchase teaching and learning tools and materials from the AdoptAClassroom.org vendor marketplace, whether you and your students are connecting virtually or in the classroom. Our vendor marketplace has nearly 30 vendors and hundreds of thousands of products, including distance learning tools, basic school supplies, classroom PPE, books, furniture, and cleaning supplies.

If you are interested in applying, please read the below eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria:


Application and Evaluation Criteria

To apply, please create or update your classroom page by September 30, 2020. To be considered for these $500 supply grants for teachers, your page must include the following:

  • A high-quality photo of yourself or a photo of your classroom (no student faces visible). To upload your photo, click Edit Classroom Profile Page on the Teacher Dashboard, and click the photo icon.

  • In the Description section:

    1. Tell a specific and unique story about your classroom. You could talk about how the pandemic or other recent events have affected you and your students, or how you are managing distance learning or social distancing in your classroom. You could also tell a story about a specific student (please keep their identity anonymous), a personal struggle or success, or anything else that highlights the uniqueness of your classroom.

    2. Share your vision of how additional funding will help you engage your students and meet their needs. Highlight any unique ideas that will promote student learning, and list specific items you will purchase, if known. Applicants are encouraged to research the materials and supplies available for purchase on the AdoptAClassroom.org marketplace.

    3. Describe why you need funding. Discuss specifically how poverty affects your classroom or students.

  • Use the hashtag “#HighNeeds20” at the end of your description section so we know you applied for this grant.

Please note, priority will be given to teachers with the strongest applications and who teach in schools where 75% or more of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. If you are having trouble creating or updating your classroom page, please read this blog post before contacting us.


Eligibility Requirements for 2020 High-Needs Supply Grants

  • Any licensed K-12 teacher, or certified staff member, employed at a public K-12 school in the United States or Territories where 40% or more of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. If you do not know what percentage of students at your school qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, please check with your school’s administration. 

    • Please note, priority will be given to teachers with the strongest applications and who teach in schools where 75% or more of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. 

  • Teachers applying for funds give consent for their name/school to be published in a communication to AdoptAClassroom.org donors, or on the AdoptAClassroom.org blog in a post about the year’s recipients of High-Needs supply grants.

  • Teachers must agree to and follow AdoptAClassroom.org’s Terms of Use to apply and receive funds.

To apply, create or update your classroom page by September 30th, 2020 and include the hashtag: #HighNeeds20.

AdoptAClassroom.org will evaluate each classroom page and award supply grants by October 30th, 2020. The 20 applications with the highest scores will receive $500 each.

Teachers who receive funding will be required to complete an impact survey, detailing measurable impact on student success. This could include improved levels of student engagement or attendance, an increase in grade point averages, and/or several other success metrics. Funded teachers will also be asked to provide thank you content, including photos of what they purchased, a thank you video, and/or thank you notes from students.

If you are unsure if you qualify for these grants for teachers, please contact our team at [email protected].

If you are a school administrator and your school is in need of funding, click here to learn about our School Program. You can also contact us for more information at [email protected].