Running Strong will give away up to $25,000 in grants each year to teachers who serve Native American students. We’ll select Dreamstarter Teachers who will use their grants to meet an unmet classroom or school need and encourage Native students to follow their dreams. Grant funds may be used for almost anything you need for the classroom: resource materials, supplies, equipment, professional development, field trips/transportation, and/or stipends to support bringing community liaisons into the classroom.
Take a look at our brochure for even more details about the Dreamstarter Teacher Grant Program, and share with anyone who may meet the requirements!
How It Works
Teachers or other educators (librarians, counselors, coaches, etc.) can apply for up to $1,000 to meet a need or plan a project in their school or classroom. Dreamstarter Teacher projects may be one school-year long project or two different projects for the fall and spring semesters.
If approved, Dreamstarter Teacher grants will be made in two $500 installments in August and January before each semester.
When to apply
Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now closed. Check back here in Spring 2021 for the next round of open applications!
Please email Dreamstarter@IndianYouth.org with any questions regarding the grant program.
important dates for 2019-2020 School Year
Online Applications Due 11:59pm EST, July 3, 2020
Online applications are due by 11:59pm EST. To ensure your application is considered, be sure to hit "submit" and make certain there are no errors before the deadline.
Successful Applicants Are Notified August 4, 2020
Grant Distribution August 2020
Teachers receive first $500 installment of grant for the fall semester. Remember to keep your receipts!
Submit Receipts December 31, 2020
Receipts are due via our 2 page update form online or by mail.
Second Grant Distribution January 2021
Teachers receive second $500 installment of grant for the spring semester. Remember to keep your receipts!
Submit Receipts August 15, 2021
All receipts for the grant year are due via our 2 page update form online or by mail.