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Grant for Geographic Literacy

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The NCSS Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy was created to promote geography education in the schools; to enhance the geographic literacy of students at the classroom, district, or statewide level; and to encourage the integration of geography into the social studies curriculum/classroom. Award winners receive $2,500, a commemorative award, present a session on their work at the NCSS Annual Conference or via webinar/webcast at a later date, and up to $800 in travel reimbursement when presenting their work at the NCSS Conference.

Application/Proposal Deadline: TBA


  • Programs, not individuals, individual lessons or units, which will enhance the geographic literacy of students at the classroom, district, or statewide levels.
  • Recipients may be individuals or groups in school districts, public institutions, or universities.
  • Proposals from individuals having already received this grant may be considered after three-years from the last time they received this grant.
  • Nominees must agree to be available to present their work at the NCSS Annual Conference and via webinar or other outreach means if selected as the recipient of the grant.


Applications are judged on the following:

  • Sound rationale and appropriate methods for incorporating the study of geography into the social studies curricula.
  • Specific plans for enhancing geographic literacy.
  • Feasibility of program implementation.
  • Number of teachers and students served.
  • Potential for program continuation or its effects after initial implementation.
  • Incorporation of the National Geography Standards as identified in Geography for Life, the “Fundamental Themes in Geography”, and appropriate sections of Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.

Proposal Guidelines:

Applicants must complete the online application and be prepared to upload the following documents within the application. Links to external websites are not acceptable, and will be disregarded by the selection committee. Max. file size to be uploaded for each non-text box item is 1MB. File types accepted are: pdf, doc, docx.

You will have five days to access and update your form after your initial submission.

The proposal should be five (5) pages, double spaced (maximum), and include:

  • Concise rationale statement.
  • Complete program description that highlights specific geography skills and knowledge that will be introduced or reinforced.
  • Number of teachers and students served.
  • Specific criteria for and means of evaluating program effectiveness.
  • Statement of potential program impact after the first year.
  • Specific line-item budget for $2,500 program grant. Grant funds may not be used for indirect costs.
  • Vitae or professional resume for key persons involved in the implementation of the grant (**Max. upload, 6 vitae or resumes: not part of the 5 pages).

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