DonorsChoose- More Money: Create Your Project Today!!!

DonorsChoose- More Money: Create Your Project Today!!!

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If you did not get funded during the first round, please make sure your project meets all the requirements and you must enter the campaign code correctly! 

Since funding is limited, submit as soon as possible for the best chance to get your project approved.

Given the popular demand of the first round of grants, the Governor is dedicating an additional $6.3 million in federal Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding to support the needs of hardworking Colorado teachers. Post a new project today

Starting on September 21st, 2023, Governor Jared Polis & Colorado Department of Education will award up to $1,000 in Federal COVID Relief funding to Colorado classroom teachers’ projects requesting resources to support students in response to COVID-19. Funding for eligible projects will be applied shortly after a project is approved. 

How to qualify

  • If you don’t already have one, create a teacher account at Do not create a duplicate account.
  • Sign into your account.
  • Submit a project on DonorsChoose using the campaign code COLORADO, keep your total project goal under $1,000 (that’s about $800 in materials and $200 in shipping and other fees). 
    • Request resources to support students’ social, emotional, and mental well-being as well as the impacts of interrupted academic learning as a result of COVID-19. 
      • Keep in mind that your $1,000 grant includes the materials cost, applicable taxes and fees, shipping costs, and other processing costs. To keep your total project goal at $1,000 you should request around $800 in materials; you will see the project’s total goal update as you shopClick here for an example
      • When submitting your project request, describe how the supplies will help support student learning after the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • If your project is approved, funding from CDE, of up to $1,000, will appear on your DonorsChoose project page and you’ll receive an email from DonorsChoose when the funding arrives.
    • When you receive an email from DonorsChoose indicating your project has been funded, confirm your funded project using a district email address as soon as possible and before Sept. 30.
  • Create a new project on or after 9AM MST September 21st, 2023 and before September 29th, 2023.

Create your project

What won’t qualify:

  • Projects posted before September 21st, 2023 or after September 29th.
  • Projects with a total goal over $1,000 (this includes all fees)
  • Any items that include a subscription component
  • Materials from Scholastic, Time for Kids, or Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards
  • Resources categorized as "Food, Clothing, & Hygiene"
    • This means any items like food/snacks, clothing, first aid kits, hand sanitizer, deodorant, tissues, air fresheners, irons, cleaning supplies, or other non-COVID learning response related resources.
  • Projects within the subject area "Warmth, Care, & Hunger"
  • Professional Development, special requests, and virtual trip and visitor projects
  • Capital improvements to school building(s)
  • Salaries or bonuses

How you’ll receive funding:

If your project meets the above criteria, you’ll receive $1,000 in funding as soon as your project is reviewed by our team and posted on our site, while funds last. 

With thanks to the Colorado Department of Education

Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Education are proud to support Colorado teachers and their incredible work responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on student learning. These funds are part of a federal relief package and allowable uses of the funds include:

  • Academic materials that students need to recover from learning loss
  • Social-emotional or mental health support materials to help with the impact of COVID-19 on student mental health

All participating teachers should comply with any applicable local laws and school district policies when creating their DonorsChoose projects for this partnership.

The initial $11M project was wholly funded by the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, ALN 84.425D, through the Colorado Department of Education.

Additional funding for this project included $6.3M from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds, ALN 84.425C & R, through the Colorado Governor's Office and $400,000 from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, ALN 84.425D, through the Colorado Department of Education.