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.

Last year, our Teacher Innovation Grants:

  • Reached more than 4,400 students

  • Helped a teacher train school staff in the latest education techniques

  • Gave nonverbal autistic students a way to communicate with teachers

  • Provided real-world STEM experiences for elementary school students



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

Current Partners


The 2016-2017 grants have been awarded! Click here to see the winners.

Applications Have Closed for 2017-2018

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

Here’s what you can expect during the grant writing process:

March 1: Applications Open for 2017-2018

May 15: Grant applications submitted to WakeEd via online portal on our website. Include Principal/Supervisor Signature Page and notify WCPSS Office of Grants.

June 13: Grant Recipients from Year-Round Calendar Schools Notified

July 6: Grant Recipients from Modified and Traditional Calendar Schools Notified

July 20 – August 1: Grant funds released to schools for use during the 2017-2018 school year.


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 |