What are Donors Choose Matching Funds?

Through a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Boone County, ZEF provides matching funds to ZCS educators raising funds for an educational project through DonorsChoose.org.

Apply for Donors Choose Funds

  1. Before beginning, download and read the Donors Choose Guidelines to learn which types of Donors Choose projects are (and aren’t) eligible for ZEF grants.
  2. Go to the DonorsChoose.org page for teachers and click the “Get Started” button.
  3. Set up a teacher account. Then follow the instructions on that website to create and post a fundraising project with an educational purpose, and tap into your own network of potential donors.
  4. ZEF will fund a maximum of $250 per Donors Choose project. For grant requests totaling $500 or less, ZEF will fund the second half of the grant. For grant requests totaling over $500, ZEF will fund the last $250 of the grant.
  5. Teachers can email the ZEF office at ZEF@zcs.k12.in.us when a Donors Choose project becomes eligible for ZEF matching funds. Keep in mind that all calculations are based on the project cost minus any optional Donors Choose donations.

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