Our Mission

Fund for Teachers strengthens instruction by investing in outstanding teachers' self-determined professional growth and development in order to support student success, enrich their own practice, and strengthen their schools and communities.

Our Vision

Fund for Teachers Fellows transform instruction and become a national corps of empowered and validated educators, sought after in their communities and nationally as leaders, innovators and change-makers:

  • Who make learning relevant, meaningful and empowering for their students;
  • Who inspire and lead professional growth of their colleagues;
  • Who collaborate in sharing best practices, collective visioning, and solving shared problems;
  • Whose input helps close the gap between sound policy and best practice.

Our Values

These values define the enduring character of Fund for Teachers: who we are, what we stand for, and how we do our work. These values amplify our mission, foster leadership, and provide the foundation and framework for our work with teachers, Fellows, Board, staff and partners. They are the principles against which we measure the worthiness of our decisions and actions. We hold ourselves accountable for transforming these values into action. Continue reading


Watch live-action learning as teachers' pursue self-designed fellowships using Fund for Teachers grants. As teachers bring back to class insights and experiences from four continents, students reap the benefits of authentic inquiry and engagement.

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Why do teachers pursue certain topics with FFT grants? And how does their learning impact students back in the classroom? Our blog offers personal reflections and fellowship follow ups sure to inspire.


Bridging the Gap

A one-minute motion graphic video depicting how educators use Fund for Teachers grants to bridge learning gaps, inspire students and change the world. Watch how.

Calendar of Events

  • October 1: 2018 Grant Application Available
  • January 31: 2018 Grant Deadline

Click here for a list of events in your area.

New in 2018: Updated Application Questions, Rubric and text allowance!

For more information visit our Application Learning Center.

Project Search

  • $27.5 Million in Grants
  • 7,500 of America's top educators
  • 148 countries traveled, on all seven continents

Search our Fellows database to learn more.