The North Central Education Foundation was formed in 2008 to support classroom learning by providing small but meaningful teacher grants to creative and innovative teachers in North Central Washington.

The foundation is growing quickly. In 2010, the foundation gave its first eight grants totaling $2,000.  In 2021, the foundation awarded over 155 grants totaling over $44,000.  That’s a 22-fold increase in grants awarded in just 12 years. This year we were delighted to award grants to teachers in 28 out of 29 districts in the North Central ESD region!

NCESD Foundation


See the 2019 NCEF Teacher Classroom Grant news release to learn more. For a list of teachers who received grants and a description of their projects see 2019 Teacher Classroom Grant Awards.

Because of the crisis brought about by Covid-19, we have updated our categories to be more relevant in these unprecedented times. Teachers are welcome to apply for grants in a variety of subjects, including:

  • Literacy
  • Music and Arts (Woods Family Music & Arts Fund)
  • Financial Education (Young Adult Consumer Education Trust)
  • Cultural Awareness/History/Social Studies (Friends of Lower Grant Coulee) (9/11 Spirit of *America Memorial)
  • Health/Social Emotional & Behavioral Wellness

Friends of Lower Grand Coulee (FLGC)

The grant opportunity provided by the Friends of Lower Grand Coulee (FLGC) has been extended to all districts within the North Central ESD region, whereas last year it was available for the most part just to teachers in districts located within Grant County. Teachers are invited to apply for FLGC grants in areas of Social Studies, Literacy, Music and Arts, STEM and STEAM that will further the knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the geology, culture, history and natural beauty of the Lower Grand Coulee, occurring inside or outside of the classroom. See FLGC’s website for more information

9/11 Spirit of America Memorial Foundation

NCEF Foundation is partnering with the 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial Foundation to offer three $300 grant opportunities for students to reflect upon the significance of 9/11/2001 to our history and the impact on our society. One grant will be awarded at the elementary, middle and high school level.

Young Adult Consumer Education Trust

BACK AGAIN for the 3rd YEAR: Young Adult Consumer Education Trust Financial Literacy 2018 YACET grant flyer 5.25.18 (YACET).

The Foundation is affiliated with the North Central Educational Service District, a state agency that coordinates educational programs and supports school districts for 29 districts in the region.


The students at the Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center created a fabulous video about projects funded by the North Central Education Foundation 2019 Teacher Classroom Grants. The video can be seen on Facebook.

Thank you to Eric Link and the Skills Center students ~ and a heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful donors!

Found below is the video from 2015 Teacher Classroom Grant awards.