Anti-Bias Teacher Grants


Teaching for a Better World

United Way’s Anti-Bias Teacher Grants

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County believes in the power kids have to improve our world, and the power great teachers have to help them do that. Racism and other discrimination are the biggest threats we face to a future where everyone can thrive. We know many teachers have worked to foster students’ appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through their instruction. We want to reward those teachers, and to enhance the impact of their lessons. 

That’s why United Way and our generous supporters from our Emerging Leaders and our Diversity Leadership Society networks have created the Anti-Bias Teacher Grants initiative, which will make at least 10 grants of up to $1,000 each to support experienced teachers of DEI. Click the button below to apply or to donate to this effort.




Application FAQ

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 Who’s eligible to apply?

These grants may be awarded to qualified K-12 teacher applicants across our four-county footprint (Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties), regardless of grade, subject, student demographics or school sector. Fighting bias is everyone’s job, and we hope to support those efforts widely. 

 Are after school clubs or other youth programs eligible?

The lessons should be taught during the school day, even if done virtually. These awards are not intended for after school clubs or optional out-of-school-time programming. We believe it is important that these lessons occur during school time to meet the most students and normalize these concepts. 

 Can I co-teach these lessons with another adult, even if that person isn’t a teacher?

That’s perfectly acceptable as long as it follows school guidelines and at least the applicant is a K-12 school teacher. 

 I’m a teacher, but I’ve never written a grant before. What answers is United Way looking for?

Don’t stress. Educators who love their students and want to ensure everyone has a place to belong will know how to answer these questions. Be concise, be joyful, be centered on students’ perspectives, and most importantly, be sure to check out the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. The lessons don’t need to align to every single standard, but the strongest applications will build students’ age-appropriate knowledge and skills in the four domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action. 

 This is such an unpredictable school year, what if my plans are forced to change?

No worries. Submit the plan you’d like to teach under the conditions you believe are most likely, but feel free to make changes as needed, just as you would for any other lesson plans. Be prepared to share some examples of student learning before the end of the school year. 

 Who will be reading my application?

A multi-racial committee of United Way supporters will review and select which applications will receive funding. Not all reviewers will have backgrounds in education, so try to avoid jargon. 

 When is it due? When will decisions be announced? And how will the funding get to awardees?

Applications must be submitted by January 15th, 2021. The review timeline depends on how many applications are received, but we hope to announce decisions to all applicants via email on February 15th, 2021. We will notify applicants if we anticipate delays in those decisions. 

Other questions about this initiative or application? Contact Jim McLaughlin via email.

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