Teacher Innovation Grants

More than $1.5 million given directly to educators to improve classroom innovation


Investing in Education

Since this program’s inception, WakeEd has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to support hundreds of educators and help improve education for thousands of Wake County Public School students. Each year, classroom and team grants are awarded to inspired educators who ask the question, “What would happen if?

These grants represent education venture capital to nurture unique projects. These new ideas that evolve into best practices that improve education across the county.



Earn up to $7,500 for your classroom or school-wide project.

Grant Categories

  • Learning & Teaching

  • Achievement

  • Balanced Assessment

  • Community Engagement

WakeEd grants support the objectives of the WCPSS Strategic Plan. Learn More
All WCPSS educators are eligible to apply for WakeEd Teacher Innovation Grants, but priority is given to educators who participate in our nationally recognized SummerSTEM professional development program.

Current Partners


The 2017-2018 grants have been awarded! Click here to see the winners.

Application Coming Soon for 2018-19

Grant Recipients will be Announced in June (Year-Round Calendar Schools) and July (Modified and Traditional Calendar Schools.) 


These inspiring stories only happen with your support. Each year, educator applicants far outnumber the amount of grants we have to invest. Your support can help expand best practices throughout Wake County by investing in the people who make our education system run. Give back to our schools through WakeEd Partnership with a tax-deductible gift.


To learn more about Teacher Innovation Grants, contact:

Teresa Pierrie

Director of Programs

(919) 780-5235 | tpierrie@wakeed.org