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

  • STEM

  • Literacy

  • Arts

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Exceptional Children with Autism

Current Partners


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

Grant applications for 2017-2018 will be available online on March 1, 2017.

You can view a sample application here.

Grant Writing Workshops

Learn the purpose, process, and strategies of the WakeEd 2017-18 Teacher Innovation Grants program. Workshop provides examples of award-winning grants and tailored coaching to assist each grant writer in submitting a successful grant. 

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

March: Application Opens

March-April: WakeEd will hold several grant writing workshops to help you through the grant writing process. Whether this is your first or fiftieth time applying, these workshops can help you develop and improve your application. We want you to have all the tools you need to succeed!

May: Application Deadline

June-July: Grant Winners Notified

First Day of School: Receive Funds

July 2017-June 2018: Implement Project


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 |