Teachers are the backbone of the education system, but they are often overlooked. Statistics show that new teachers rarely remain in the profession beyond their first year, and yet, few education improvement programs are aimed to support them. A student’s success is traced directly to their teachers, which is why ICNA Relief has created the EMPOWER Grant, so they have the means to form a legacy of great students.



Applications open June 20, 2023 at 12 AM and are due by July 20, 2023 by 11:59 PM. Classroom grants can be used for projects and materials relating to the core subjects (Science, Literacy, Math, Art, Physical Education, and Social Studies). Supplies include but are not limited to, the purchase of books, software, calculators, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, and lab materials. 


The number of classroom grants awarded will depend on the total number of applicants. Grants are available for up to $2,000, pending availability and demand. We anticipate that we can award 50 recipients. Within one month of receiving the award, classroom leads must submit a one-page report on the use of funds and its impact.


  • Any elementary or middle school teacher at a public or private school will be considered.
  • Must agree to and follow ICNA Relief Terms of Use to apply and receive funds.
  • Must have a copy of Social Security card.
  • Must complete a personal W-9.


Each application will be evaluated by a panel of experts and given a value out of 30 points. Applications will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Impact of meaningful instruction on students inside and outside the classroom (+5 points).
  • Funds will be used to develop an impactful and innovative experience for students (+5 points).
  • 30-120 seconds video (+10 points).
  • Letter of recommendation from school (+10 points).


ICNA Relief does not assume any responsibility or liability for the misuse of products or services purchased with the funds from this grant. This grant aims to empower students and teachers in the classroom and at home to achieve greatness through education. Please act responsibly.

Full Terms & Conditions


a. The copy of the Grant Offer Letter must be returned to ICNA Relief immediately, having been signed by an authorized person of your institution

b. The grant may be used only for the purposes outlined in your Grant Application, and any unused amount shall be refunded.

c. Any duplicate request for funding will make the applicant ineligible.
d. The project must start within 30 days of the date of the Grant Offer Letter unless otherwise agreed by ICNA Relief in writing.

e. ICNA Relief reserve the right to withhold payment of any grant if all the conditions are not met satisfactorily.

f. ICNA Relief’s liability in relation to the project is limited to payment of the grant.

a. Progress reports must be provided. Evidence of project delivery is a requirement of the grant. Progress reports are required at six-monthly intervals from the date that we inform you of your grant through a Grant Offer Letter until completion of the project. We also require confirmation of the expenditure funded by the grant. If applicant does not provide progress reports as required, ICNA Relief reserve the right to reclaim the grant.



a. Proper accounts must be available for inspection at any reasonable time.

b. The applicant must keep grant paperwork for a minimum of three years from the end of the fiscal year in which the grant was made.



a. An acknowledgment of the source of your grant must appear in your annual report and accounts and publicity or literature concerning the project we have funded unless otherwise agreed.

b. Unless otherwise agreed, you will use the ICNA Relief USA logo in accordance with our guidelines.

c. In the event of any significant or otherwise notable research or other published work is funded by the grant, you will agree to make the results of the research freely available to the public within a reasonable period unless otherwise agreed with us. You must acknowledge ICNA Relief USA in any findings you publish. You agree to submit any publications to us for our written approval in advance of publication. ICNA Relief USA will have the right to use the results of such research or published work as it sees fit in whatever form such research or published work appears.



a. The applicant may not transfer or assign any part of the grant or any rights relating to it to another educational institution or individual unless applicant has entered into an agreement which has been authorized by ICNA Relief in writing permitting applicant to work with another educational institution in the project.

b. The applicant must ensure to have appropriate security measures in place to protect the personal data. This is the ‘integrity and confidentiality principle of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), also known as the security principle.



a. ICNA Relief will require repayment of the grant if applicant become insolvent or go into administration, receivership, or liquidation; cease to be a registered charity or hold charitable status; become legally ineligible to hold the grant; if the project for which the grant was awarded has not been completed; or if funds have not been fully spent.

b. ICNA Relief may suspend payment of all or part of the grant if we wish to investigate any matters concerning the grant. ICNA Relief accept no liability for any consequences, whether direct or indirect, of a suspension, even if the investigation finds no cause for concern.

c. If applicant’s educational institution does not meet the requirements set out in this document, ICNA Relief USA reserves the right to require repayment at any time. For example, if

  • Applicant act in a way in which in our reasonable opinion has the potential to damage materially ICNA Relief’s brand, reputation, or goodwill.
  • Applicant fails to inform ICNA Relief of any issues applicant is aware of throughout the duration of the project, which could damage the organization’s reputation. This includes data breaches or safeguarding incidents.
  • Applicant or any other person or educational institution acting for the applicant, gave ICNA Relief any significantly misleading or inaccurate information, whether deliberately or accidentally, during the application process or during the project
  • Applicant or applicant’s educational institution becomes subject to an investigation or formal inquiry by the Police, Charity Commission, IRS, or other regulatory body.



a. You confirm that the information provided on the EMPOWER Grant Application is true and accurate. By signing it, you confirm that to the best of your knowledge, the information given in your Grant Application is accurate and agree that your educational institution will adhere to these terms and conditions.

b. ICNA Relief USA accepts no liability for any consequences, whether direct or indirect, that may arise from the running of your project, the use of the grant, or from suspension or termination of the grant. If you pay any or part of the grant to a third party, you have sole control over their selection, and you are responsible for ensuring that they use the grant in compliance with these terms and conditions.


Can teachers purchase the supplies before the grant is awarded?

No, teachers can not purchase the supplies before the grant is awarded.

Will the school reimburse the teacher?

No, the school will not reimburse the teacher.

Can the school keep the award check, partial funds, and or supplies?

No, the teachers will be awarded, and they are the legal owner of the supplies.