Earn up to $10k in grant funding for your school or up to $30k for your district when you adopt the Gold Standard: a standalone personal finance course that all students take before graduation.

$810k

GRANTS AWARDED SO FAR

$2M

IN TOTAL GRANT FUNDING

141

HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENTS TO DATE
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Grant awards are limited to one per school (up to $10,000, depending on number of students served, with a minimum grant award of $2,500). However, a district may be awarded up to three individual grants (up to $30,000) that collectively impact multiple district schools or the entire district.

NGPF GOLD STANDARD ADOPTION REQUIREMENT

Students are required 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.

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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 7 states with current statewide mandates: Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia.

Submit Your Board Minutes! >

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Advocacy
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May 06, 2021
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Advocacy
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Apr 28, 2021
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Advocacy
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Apr 27, 2021
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Advocacy
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Apr 21, 2021
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Advocacy
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Apr 17, 2021
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Podcasts, Advocacy
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Apr 12, 2021
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Advocacy
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Apr 05, 2021
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Advocacy, Current Events
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Mar 29, 2021
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Advocacy
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NGPF Podcast: Kiara Slaton on launching a new personal finance course

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Mar 12, 2021
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Podcasts, Advocacy
  This week's podcast starts with Yanely describing what high schoolers need to know about LinkedIn. Next, I talk to Kiara Slaton of Palm Beach Gardens Community High School (FL). She stepped up to lead the new personal finance course at her school. She shares why she cares so much about personal finance, her approach to grabbing students' attention and why she weaves an aspirational tone to her teaching. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~0:30 Introduction 0:30~6:59 Current Events with Yanely:...

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Jan 19, 2021
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Advocacy
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Dec 31, 2020
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Podcasts, Advocacy
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Nov 13, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing, Tips for Teachers, Behavioral Finance, Advocacy
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Oct 13, 2020
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Research, Advocacy
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Sep 18, 2020
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Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Student Loans
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