Grant FAQs

Grant FAQS

The Foundation makes strategic grants in education to help prepare New England for the challenges of the future. For our region and nation to prosper, all students must be equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to make contributions in our communities.

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to speak with each grant seeker on an individual basis. Please refer to the following guidelines for more information about our grantmaking strategy.

 

  • What are the Foundation's grantmaking priorities?

    The Foundation's long-term strategic focus is to advance student-centered approaches that better prepare all students for the future. By focusing on student-centered approaches at the high school level, we feel that we can make the biggest impact for the greatest number of learners in New England.

    The majority of grants are awarded within the Foundation's four strategic initiative areas: Building Public Understanding and Demand; Building Educator Ownership, Leadership and Capacity; Developing Effective Systems Designs; and Advancing Quality and Rigor of Student-Centered Practices.

  • Is the Foundation currently awarding grants? How do I apply?

    Our current open grant opportunities can be found here. If you would like to receive notification when an RFP becomes available, please sign up here.

  • How do I let the Foundation know about work we are doing that aligns with its mission & strategies?

    The Foundation is interested in learning about innovative, student-centered approaches to learning that are happening at the high school and district level.  If you would like to inform the Foundation about your work please send a brief (1-2 page) synopsis to info@nmefoundation.org.

  • Which types of organizations are eligible for Foundation grants?

    The Foundation operates exclusively for the benefit of, and to promote the charitable and educational purposes of, educational organizations, including universities, colleges, secondary schools, elementary schools, and other educational organizations which are described in IRC Section 501(c)(3) and which are not private foundations as described in IRC Section 509(a). The Foundation’s activities include making grants to the public charities it supports and providing services to those organizations. The Foundation only supports public charities described in IRC Section 509(a) (1) or 509 (a) (2) and only organizations that are organized in the United States. The Foundation does not support religious groups or individuals, and does not fund capital campaigns, endowments, scholarships or fellowships, debt reduction or cash reserves, building construction or renovation, and certain indirect costs. 

  • Do you provide event sponsorships?

    Yes, the Foundation supports events and conferences – in New England and beyond – in order to reshape public education by advancing student-centered approaches. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please take this quiz