Apply here to earn up to $10k for your school or $30k for your district when you adopt a standalone personal finance course that all students take before graduation.

$880k

GRANTS AWARDED SO FAR

$2M

IN TOTAL GRANT FUNDING

155

HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENTS TO DATE
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Details

Grant awards are limited to one per school. Grant amounts are determined based on the number of students served and can range from $2,500 - $10,000.

  • If your school serves fewer than 300 students, the maximum grant amount is $2,500. 
  • If serving between 300 and 999 students, a school is eligible for up to $5,000 in grant funding.
  • If serving 1,000 or more students, the maximum grant amount is $10,000.
  • district may be awarded up to three individual grants (up to $30,000) that collectively impact multiple district schools or the entire district.

The Gold Standard Challenge will be open for applications until August 31, 2022. Once an application is received and approved, schools and districts have 18 months to implement the guaranteed course(s).

NGPF GOLD STANDARD ADOPTION REQUIREMENT

Students are guaranteed to take at least one semester, or the equivalent of 60-90 consecutive instructional hours, in personal finance through a standalone course.

No other course may be used to satisfy the personal finance requirement.

See examples >

RATIONALE:

  • To galvanize advocates who are committed to ensuring that ALL students in their school or district take a one semester personal finance course before they graduate.
  • To partner with advocates through the planning and coalition-building necessary to achieve this goal.
  • To award grant funds that will support the implementation of personal finance courses.
  • To SUPERCHARGE this growing grassroots movement on behalf of the next generation of Americans. 

Full Grant Program Details >

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT BOARD MINUTES IN PURSUIT OF A GRANT?

  • Teachers at public and private high schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, who, as of Jan 1, 2019, had NOT YET received school board approval adopting a standalone graduation requirement for personal finance.
  • Graduation requirements must be NEWLY ADOPTED after Jan 1, 2019.
  • Excludes high schools in the 8 current 'guarantee' states (states with legislation guaranteeing a standalone personal finance course for all students): Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia.

Submit Your Board Minutes! >

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