Wayside Publishing and Fluency Matters are proud to provide the World Language community with a new and unique, direct-to-teachers grants and scholarships program.

How much of your income do you spend each year on classroom or professional development needs? You probably would not be surprised to read that educators around the United States spend, on average, $500 of their own money on classroom supplies, memberships to scholarly organizations, and continuing education.

Wayside Publishing and Fluency Matters want to help, so we are proud to announce our newest initiative, The Languages Matter Grants and Scholarships Program.

Is it your dream to attend a conference? Does your classroom lack an essential piece of technology? Do you have a stand-out student who yearns for an intercultural experience? Each month brings a new theme to support a unique purpose and fill an unaddressed need.

We want to fill gaps in funding – gifts can range from $50 to $500 per award. No request is too small, and the application process is simple. The application window for each opportunity is one month, except for the November scholarship, which opens November 15 and runs through December 31. Brief application windows are designed so winners will receive their gifts quickly. We encourage you to apply for any that are relevant to you!

Grants and Scholarships

Nov 15 - Dec 31 Proficiency Teacher Scholarship
Proficiency Teacher

Have you left a conference with a new idea and all the tools and knowledge to implement... except for funding? We’d love to hear from you! This grant is to open to thought leaders who work in middle and high school language programs, who strive to advance their own proficiency practice. Grant funds can be applied to: professional development, materials for research, supplies to pilot a new proficiency-driven strategy in your classroom, or funds you need to share your voice: presentation/workshop supplies, conference entry costs, podcast or blog costs, etc.


Dec 1 - Dec 31 Student International Scholarship - travel or domestic/online immersion

Do you have a learner who is hooked on language? Maybe an aspiring chef, future translator, songwriter, or future language teacher? This grant is open to learners seeking intercultural communicative experiences in a target language, domestic or international. This can include study abroad, local classes, a volunteer experience, a trip in your community, or an online service, tool, or class. Priority will be given to learners interested in developing a career interest.

Program examples include: Concordia Villages, CIEE, idlewildbooks.com


Dec 1 - Dec 31 Wayside-CIEE High School Summer Abroad Grant

Wayside and CIEE have come together to raffle off a $1,000 travel grant for summer 2022! Do you have a student who needs to learn about K-Pop in Seoul, South Korea? How about one who wants to study wildlife conservation in Gaborone, Botswana? This opportunity is for adventurous learners who have made it clear their lives will not be complete unless they travel! Each adventure is full immersion, complete with daily classes, excursions and a homestay. The grant is combinable with a CIEE Global Navigator scholarship if the winner qualifies, and there are more than $5.4 million in scholarship funds to award this year. 


Jan 1 - Jan 31 Mighty Teacher Mentors Scholarship - funds for mentor/mentee pair or program

Have you taken a new teacher under your wing? Are you spearheading a new educator mentor initiative? We’d love to support your efforts! This grant can be applied to a project taken on by a specific mentor/mentee pair, or may be used to defray the costs of a broader mentorship program effort being undertaken by a school, district or association. Examples of projects could include but are not limited to: any costs directly caused by a new mentorship program, materials/registration fees for professional development around mentorship, costs incurred by a co-presentation where an experienced mentor co-presents with an emerging education thought-leader (conference registration fees, etc).

Feb​ 1 - Feb 28 Digital Innovation Grant – covering or defraying digital tools/services​

Curious about infusing edtech into your language classroom? In celebration of Digital Learning Day 2022, this grant's purpose is to cover or defray the costs of new online tools and services that you will use to innovate the learning experience for your ­language students. Preference will be given to requests for tools and services that connect learners to communicative experiences.

Mar​ 1 - Mar 31 "Sally's Scholars," a Learner Inclusion Grant - reaching an underserved learner population

In memory of a Wayside teacher, colleague, and friend, this grant will be awarded to support the learners Sally prioritized throughout her teaching career – youth who feel underrepresented, unheard, or underserved. Who is your Sally’s scholar, and what do they need to become more engaged or included within your language learning classroom? Educators in traditional and untraditional programs are welcome to apply.

Apr​ 1 - Apr 30 Classroom Culture Awareness Grant – bringing speakers or resources into the classroom​

Intended to support classes who would like to use their language skills to improve language and culture awareness, develop relationships and promote equity within their school or their community. Learners get support to connect to organizations, authors, artists, events, related to their language of study and invite guest speakers to their school or their community. Application should be submitted by a teacher, though inclusion of how learners contributed to the idea in the project narrative is encouraged.

May​ 1 - May 31 Ch-Ch-Changes Grant – teachers at a career transition point 

Are you making changes to how you teach, or taking on a new  language or level? This grant is to support new materials, subscriptions, or trainings to support you as you hit your stride. Preference will be given to two unique scenarios:

Educators concluding their second or third year in the classroom, with an understanding that sometimes new teachers don’t know all they need until after spending enough time in their own classroom to develop their style!

Educators new to AP - Have you recently and unexpectedly been placed at the helm of an AP program? Congratulations... and let us help you.

Jun​ 1 - Jun 30 Opening Doors For Future Teachers Grant – classroom set-up supplies for a new student teacher

Intended to support a student teacher as they prepare to become a leader of languages in their own classroom the following fall. Requests could include authentic resources, classroom supplies, etc. New educators with ability differences are encouraged to apply for unmet gaps in support/services as they plan their career in the classroom.

Jul 1 - Jul 31​ Teacher Intercultural Scholarship – because interculturality is not just for students!​

Itching to finally sign up for that local French culinary class, or Salsa dancing workshop? Are you a Spanish teacher craving an immersive language experience - in Swedish? This grant is intended to offset international costs, or cover a domestic or virtual experience, that delivers an intercultural communicative experiences in a second language of the educator’s choice.

Aug​ 1 - Aug 31 Resource Refresh Grant – new readers, copies of texts, digital tools, etc.

Open to educators who have a vision for implementing new instructional materials resources in the classroom and just need the funding to realize their dream. Grant can be requested to cover costs of supplementals or individual replacement copies, or defray the cost of class sets of new textbooks, or any program or service that connects your language learning class with others.

Sep​ 1 - Sep 30 Inspirational Intersections Grant – two educators collaborate across disciplines, grade levels, or language classes

Are you and a colleague from two different disciplines, grade levels, or schools, dreaming about a collaboration in 2022? This grant is intended to support two or more educators as they infuse language with another discipline (including extracurriculars), connect middle school and high school language learners, or kick off an interdistrict collaboration.

Oct​ 1 - Oct​ 31 Learner retention – Keeping kids in school
  Is your first priority keeping your learners in school? October is National Dropout Prevention Month – or from a strength-based perspective, a month to focus on Learner Retention. This grant is intended for educators who serve in a classroom that is subject to missed attendance from class or from school entirely. How can we support you in incentivizing your learners to stay engaged in their learning path? Example projects could include guest speakers, enrichment activities, or funds to offset college visits, field trips, etc. As you know your community best, these examples are not intended to limit your application.



Wayside Values

Our grants and scholarships have been developed in direct response to conversations with educators, or own understanding as educators, and research we have undertaken about issues in education. Each grant and scholarship reflects Wayside’s mission and values. ​


ACTFL strategic priority alignment

Our grants reflect our pedagogical roots and the thought leaders we follow, with at least three grants connected to each of ACTFL’s strategic priorities.​


Scholarship Review Board

Wayside Publishing and Fluency Matters are proud to include a brain trust of employees representing a range of language teaching and learning experiences. Our Scholarship Review Board members look forward to learning from, and fairly considering, every request in a timely and transparent manner! 

Jennifer Anderson Cristin Bleess  Madeleine Bonneau Eleonor Rio Burgess Nicole Charette
Becky Chateauneuf Henry Cleaves Lindsey Colling Trish Cooper Sarah Cotter
Angela Fredheim Sheri Hall-Miller Kelly Haas Crystal Housewright Lucia Igani
Canaan Lam-Skalko Faith Loy Mary McKeon Frank McMahon Amy Meadows
Chris Velletri Matthew Webster Tabatha Woodside    


Program Transparency

We use a consistent and transparent evaluation criteria across all applications. For the full evaluation rubric, click here.

The most important details:

  • Requests must connect to the month’s scholarship theme to be considered.
  • The window to apply will be short (one month), and applicants will receive decisions within two weeks after applications close.
  • We value interculturality in the language learning community. The evaluation rubric ncludes three scoring criteria for fostering diversity, building equity and promoting inclusion in your classroom or the field.
  • This is an accessible, gap-filling grant model with a range of $50-$500 per gift. No ask is too small (ex. $123 for a new podcast mic) and we are equally welcoming of budget items that are a part of a larger project (ex. airfare, or a conference registration fee). The application form will ask what you’ll be spending the dollars on and the approximate cost. This maximizes our ability to distribute more grants each month, be realistic, and fair.
  • We are looking for unmet needs: budget items that other grant programs or your district would not cover. (If you are paying for something out-of-pocket, to us that is an “unmet need”).