Request for Proposals

In 2024, the Educating Character Initiative intends to award grants to both individuals and institutions, varying in scale, focus, and expected impact.

Grants for Institutions

In this grant cycle, we anticipate awarding up to 10 Institutional Impact Grants of between $100,000 and $1,000,000, as well as 20 Capacity-Building Grants of up to $50,000. Successful grantees will be teams of faculty, staff, and administrators at U.S. colleges and universities with outstanding proposals for developing the moral, civic, and/or intellectual character and capacity of faculty, staff, and students. 

To encourage an organic, inclusive, and context-sensitive approach, we seek to recognize the work already done to focus on character education and existing expertise at partner institutions. The Educating Character Initiative is prepared to pair the creation and dissemination of resources with context-specific support from Wake Forest staff, fellows, and consultants to aid institutions and individuals who seek to advance character education. These grants are meant to provide institutions with the time, resources, and freedom to discern what might work best in their context. Priority will be given to applications that show strong institutional support; clear alignment with the institution’s mission, vision, and values; and the potential for integrating character in ways that are robust and impactful across the institution.

Grants for Individuals

In addition to grants to institutions, we will award 5 Teacher-Scholar Grants of up to $15,000 and 10 Professional Development Grants of up to $5,000 to individuals who wish to research character education in higher education, deepen our collective understanding of character, and/or expand their capacity to educate character in their contexts. We welcome applications from individuals at all U.S. colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, or higher education organizations, including those whose institutions may not yet be part of the wider network. Project leaders and co-leaders of Institutional Impact or Capacity-Building Grants may not apply for these individual grants, though other faculty and staff at the same institution who are not part of the proposed institutional project may do so.

If you do not feel ready to apply for a grant this year, additional grants in all four categories will be available next year and potentially in future years.

Grants Webinar Replay

Click play to hear Beth Purvis and Jennifer Rothschild answer questions from the community regarding the four grant types available.

Dates to Remember

Institutional Impact Grant
Initial Application/ Letter of Inquiry February 29, 2024; portal accepting submissions beginning December 29, 2023
Decisions about Initial
April 16, 2024
Full Proposal Date June 17, 2024
Grant Decisions July 17, 2024
Grant State Date September 1, 2024 or as decided by grant agreement
Other Grants
Capacity-Building GrantTeacher-Scholar GrantProfessional Development Grant
Grant Due February 29, 2024January 29, 2024 January 29, 2024
Grant Decisions May 1, 2024 March 15, 2024 March 15, 2024
Grant State Date July 1, 2024 or as decided by grant agreementMay 1, 2024 or as decided by grant agreementMay 1, 2024 or as decided by grant agreement