AspireIT Toolkit

Attention: Aspire Leaders and AspireIT Partner Organizations

This page is your go to for everything you need to know about the AspireIT program – from planning, to applying, to implementing, to required pre/post award tasks, and even help for the AspireIT Portal!

Make sure to bookmark this page and refer to it throughout the AspireIT process. When in doubt, check here first. If you still have questions along the way, email the AspireIT team at

Key dates for the current AspireIT round are listed below. Please check back in early February for our next funding round, which will support Summer 2019 programs.

Application Deadline:

Allow at least 2 weeks to get through the full process!
July 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m., PST
Program Notification August 13, 2018
Partnership Agreements Executed

Done by the Partner Organization after program award.
September 17, 2018
Pre-Program Activates: Orientation, Waivers, Publish Program Session Details September 24, 2018
Program Implementation Period October 15, 2018 – June 14, 2019


Looking to run a program in Summer 2019 (6/15-10/14)? Check back in early February for that application cycle.

  1. Planning your AspireIT program: Start here!

    In order to have a strong application, you will need to spend some time planning before you get to the application process. This section will help you with finding an AspireIT Leader or AspireIT Partner Organization, and then guide you through the process of planning your program.

  2. How to Apply

    There are several steps required to apply for an AspireIT Application. This section will guide you through each of those steps and give you the resources you need. A good application will take at least 2-3 weeks to complete.

  3. Implementing Your AspireIT Program

    Once you receive word from NCWIT that we will fund your program – there is still lots to do! This section will help make sure you are all set for a great program and walk you through all the required grant paperwork along the way. Remember:

    • Pre-Program Tasks: Required before your program begins

    • Post-Program Tasks: Required 30 days after your program ends

  4. The AspireIT Portal: How To (Coming Soon!)

    The AspireIT Portal is where you will manage all aspects of your program – including registration, waivers, and required program tasks. Check here for how-do documents and videos to help you along the way.

  5. Leader Training

    This section contains some great videos, worksheets, and resource guides to help you throughout the planning and implementation of your program. Make sure to check it out early and often.

  6. Program Templates & Logos

    Check here for logos, sample press releases, sample emails, powerpoint templates, and more!

  7. Glossary of Jargon

    There are quite a few terms in here that might be new to you – so we have tried to define them here.

  8. FAQs