Grant Opportunities

Our mission is to champion efforts to prioritize community goals that challenge racial inequities and advance excellent, student-centered public education for all New England youth. At this time, we are not reviewing unsolicited proposals. Our grantmaking and staff time are focused on partnerships that we proactively develop alongside organizations in our core grantmaking strategy. We do encourage you to subscribe to our email list so you may be notified when we do have open funding opportunities and take time to learn more about our current funding opportunities below.

Grant Opportunity

Strengthening Partnerships, Coalitions and Movements

This fund supports coalitions and partnerships focused on advancing racial equity in our public education system at both the state and national levels.  

We are now accepting applications for new coalition grantees. This application will remain open through October 4, 2021, 12 pm, EDT.

Grant Opportunity

Event Sponsorship Fund

New England based organizations that are working to advance racial equity and/or equitable, student-centered practices in public, K-12 education may apply to the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s event sponsorship fund.

Applications can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed in March, May, July, September, and November of 2021. Take the first step in seeing if the Foundation can sponsor your event by clicking on the link listed below. Contact Senior Communications Manager, Julita Bailey-Vasco at jbailey-vasco@nmefoundation.org should you have any questions.

Grant Opportunity

Cross-Racial Healing and Solidarity in a White Supremacist World RFP

The application process for this grant is now closed. Please check back at a later date for new opportunities.

Grant Opportunity

Supporting Organizations Led By People of Color

This fund supports community-based organizations that are led by people of color and are working with communities of color to transform barriers to racial equity in public K-12 education.


This year, the Foundation is utilizing a limited invite and concentration of efforts approach and is going back to the list of finalists from 2020, for the second cohort of the grant fund. Even though the Foundation is utilizing a concentration of efforts approach, the same criteria from last year’s RFP applies, with a focus on Black and Brown communities in southern New England where there is momentum for racial equity and young people of color are centered within it. We will announce organizations that are part of the second cohort later this year.

Grant Opportunity

Advancing Community-School Partnerships

This fund supports community-based organizations led by people of color to strengthen racial equity focused partnerships with schools and districts. The purpose of the partnerships will be to address systemic racism and oppression faced by young people of color.

We are not accepting applications for new grantees for this fund in 2020.

Grant Opportunity

Amplifying Youth Voice

This grant fund will amplify the authentic voices of young people, giving them a seat at the table around decisions that affect their future. Additionally, this fund will focus on building the capacity, power, and voice of youth organizing groups throughout the New England region.

The application for this grant fund is now closed. Please check back at a later date for new opportunities.

Grant Opportunity

Building Grantee Capacity and Learning

This fund seeks to support our current grantees through a robust learning community and responsive capacity-building supports.

This fund is designed to support grantees in other funds and does not have specific Request for Proposal opportunities.

Grant Opportunity

Championing Student-Centered Learning

This fund supports researchers, practitioners, community members, students, and families to widen and build upon our framework for student-centered learning to reflect a greater focus on racial equity.


The application for this grant fund is now closed. Please check back at a later date for new opportunities.