WHAT IS THE RAF
The Regional Assistance Fund is no longer accepting applications for the 2019 corps. If this is an urgent request please reach out to Quiaria Asiedu, Lauren Weekes, Ryan Osborne or Steven Grosso via Slack.
The Regional Assistance Fund (RAF) is a micro grant program that provides up to $200 in support around Onboarding related expenses that are not otherwise covered by Teach For America.
How to Qualify
You must be a current Corps Member, in good standing*, with Teach For America. Your request for funds must be detailed and meet the "applicable expense" guidelines below.
*Good standing indicates that you are currently meeting the expectations and community commitments of the Onboarding experience, per the Welcome Webinar.
Applicable Expenses you can Request RAF Funding for:
Funds to send ACT/SAT scores to ISBE
Content test registration fees
Content test fee-based study materials
Payment for transcripts or transcript holds
Application fee’s for University Partners
ELS/T2T Licensure Registration
Professional dress for interviews
AmeriCorps background check fee
CPR/First Aid certification (Northwest Indiana corps member only)
Requests for support outside of this list will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, we cannot guarantee approval.
In order to respond equitably to the diversity of need and circumstance, RAF applications are approved on a case-by-case basis. Funds are limited, as a result not all requests will be approved and/or may only be approved for a partial amount of the request. All approved applications will receive grant funds within 6-8 weeks of the approval date. You may request support from the RAF more than once, however, no individual may receive more than $200 total in funding.