Dare Education Foundation

Teachers, Schools and Students. We are here to support you.


Here’s how.


Classroom Grants

Thanks to a generous capacity-building grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation in June 2016, all of our Grants, Reimbursements and/or Scholarships are processed through an online portal. 
Please click here to access the portal. Please note our Spring Grant Cycle is accepting applications until February 28th, 2019. Apply today!

If you are applying for Classroom Grants, National Boards Reimbursements, Professional Development Scholarships, or Tuition Reimbursement, please follow these instructions for setting up an account. Click Here to access a Step-By-Step Walkthrough for submitting a grant.

If you are a DCS' student, applying for a student scholarship, please follow these instructions for setting up an account. Click Here to access a Step-By-Step Walkthrough.

Initially, you will need to create an account and a profile. Then, your information will automatically be saved for all future applications, regardless of the DEF program you are applying under. If you are a DCS' employee, we recommend using your DCS' email name as your Username on our system, so that it is easy for you to remember. But, that is not mandatory. It is highly recommended that you read the guidelines for the specific program you are interested in applying for funds under.

It is our pleasure to partner with you. Please contact us with any questions!


Affordable Teacher Housing

Our affordable teacher housing complexes, Run Hill Ridge and Hatteras Teacher Housing, are proven recruitment and retention tools, enabling Dare County Schools (DCS) to hire and keep highly qualified teachers in our classrooms.

Run Hill Ridge is a 24-unit apartment complex located adjacent to the First Flight Schools campus in Kill Devil Hills. Hatteras Teacher Housing is a 12-unit complex located adjacent to the soccer field and the former Coast Guard station. Interest-free loans from the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union Foundation facilitated the construction of both projects. (Naming opportunities are still available for both projects! Contact us for more information.)

Rented below market value at $850 per month, the 2-bedroom, 2-bath units are an affordable option for teachers who may not otherwise be able to afford to live in Dare County.

The housing has also assisted DCS in recruiting teachers for positions that are desperately needed, yet are more difficult to fill, such as foreign languages, advanced math, technology and special needs. In fact, the apartments have helped DCS build a foreign language program, particularly the elementary Spanish and ESL programs.

For more information, please contact us, at 252.255.5545 or via our contact form.


The affordable teacher housing complexes in Dare County were made possible in part through the generous support of the members of the State Employees’ Credit Union.

Thank you, SECU Foundation.


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