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Grant Opportunities LearnLaunch

LearnLaunch 

LearnLaunch Institute is a non-profit dedicated to increasing student achievement through the adoption of digital technologies. LearnLaunch Institute catalyzes a community that drives innovation to transform learning and increase achievement. LearnLaunch believes in expanding access to learning that is engaging, personalized, and effective. Edtech is a critical component of achieving this vision at scale. 
 

Grant Description  

With support from this grant, the Massachusetts Personalized Learning EdTech Consortium (MAPLE) will continue to deepen its work with MA K-12 districts to support the mission "to catalyze personalized learning in the Commonwealth with the purpose of better preparing ALL students for their future". Recognizing the particular urgency of preparing black, brown, and poor students for post-graduate success, MAPLE will work with its districts and Advisory Council to re-examine its mission statement and resource allocations to focus more on these populations of students. 

6/17/2019 $250,000 Boston MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Cambridge Public Schools

Cambridge Public Schools 

The Cambridge Public Schools is a department of the city of Cambridge, MA, and serves 6,600 students in grades Pre-Kindergarden to 12th grade. The Cambridge Public Schools is a diverse urban school system that works with families and the community to successfully educate ALL of its students at high levels. 
 

Grant Description  

After spending 16 months implementing a racial equity analysis process, CPS and its stakeholders will continue to collectively make sense of the information they’ve gathered, engage folks on next steps, and implement several concrete next steps to addressing identified equity barriers. 

6/12/2019 $125,000 Cambridge MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Waltham Public Schools

Waltham Public Schools 

The Waltham Public Schools exist to provide to all of Waltham’s children a high quality, enriching, engaging and comprehensive educational experience that is the first choice of all families. The WPS supports the development of the ‘whole child’ including students’ academic, social, and emotional development and prepares ALL students to be global, 21st century citizens who are college, career, and community ready. They achieve this by offering rigorous, diverse, and enriching programming.  
 

Grant Description  

After spending 16 months implementing a racial equity analysis process, WPS and its stakeholders will continue to collectively make sense of the information they’ve gathered, engage folks on next steps, and implement several concrete next steps to addressing identified equity barriers. 

6/12/2019 $125,000 Waltham MA
Develop Effective Systems Designs Central Falls School District

Central Falls School District 

The mission of the Central Falls School Community is to develop its diverse student population into responsible citizens, effective communicators, innovative problem-solvers and critical thinkers who are able to fully participate in and positively contribute to society. The school community is committed to the attainment of high standards by all students by ensuring a literacy-rich learning environment and providing results-oriented educational leadership at all levels. 
 

Grant Description 

After spending 16 months implementing a racial equity analysis process, CFSD and its stakeholders will continue to collectively make sense of the information they’ve gathered, engage folks on next steps, and implement several concrete next steps to addressing identified equity barriers. 

6/12/2019 $125,000 Central Falls RI
Build Public Understanding & Demand Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations 

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations exists to help grantmakers turn their desire to improve into real progress. With more than 7,000 grantmakers across the globe, GEO works together to lift up the grantmaking practices that matter most to nonprofits and that truly improve philanthropy. 
 

Grant Description 

This grant will sponsor Grantmakers for Education National Conference, to be held in Boston in 2020. The conference is the perfect opportunity for grantmakers of all backgrounds to come together, explore the most relevant topics in the field and problem solve with like-minded peers. Topics at the 2020 convening include equity in philanthropy, learning and evaluation, building partnerships, etc. 

6/12/2019 $25,000 Washington DC
Develop Effective Systems Designs Danbury Public Schools

Danbury Public Schools 

The Danbury School District is proud to provide the community and its children with a safe and caring educational environment. Committed to the intellectual and cultural development of their students, Danbury School District offers not only a quality education but also challenge their students with a variety of academic, athletic and civic-minded opportunities. They believe in preparing their students for a bright future with a standard based and enriched curriculum and the support of dedicated faculty, staff and Board of Education. 
 

Grant Description 

After spending 16 months implementing a racial equity analysis process, DPS and its stakeholders will continue to collectively make sense of the information they’ve gathered, engage folks on next steps, and implement several concrete next steps to addressing identified equity barriers. 

 

6/12/2019 $125,000 Danbury CT
Presidents The Rhode Island Foundation

The Rhode Island Foundation 

For more than 100 years, the Rhode Island Foundation has been dedicated to improving the lives of Rhode Islanders. They partner with generous individuals, families, organizations, and corporations that share our commitment to the state, as well as with nonprofit organizations that provide the "boots-on-the-ground" services that make Rhode Island a better place to live, work, and play. 
 

Grant Description 

The grant will provide funding for schools and school committees, particularly those with substantial populations that have historically been hard to count, to provide education, outreach, computer and Internet access to students and their families to increase Census participation. 

6/2/2019 $25,000 Providence RI
Build Public Understanding & Demand National Center for Families Learning

National Center for Families Learning 

NCFL works to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families. Partnering with educators, literacy advocates, and policymakers, NCFL develops and provides programming, professional development, and resources that empower and raise families to achieve their potential. Over their 30-year history, NCFL has changed the lives of millions of families across the country. Engaging multiple generations from the same family has been a fundamental and distinguishing aspect of NCFL’s work. 
 

Grant Description 

NCFL's annual Families Learning Conference started in 1991 and has steadily grown to be the premier event focused on innovative strategies and practices in family literacy and learning, two-gen education, and parent and family engagement. The Conference is well-known for its rich professional development offerings and attracts a national audience spanning the education field including, researchers; educators; practitioners; government officials; policy makers; childcare workers; philanthropic leaders; and parents.  

5/28/2019 $5,000 Louisville KY
Build Public Understanding & Demand Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy 

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) is an association of grantmakers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good. CCP is dedicated to providing its members with the highest quality programs, resources and services, networking opportunities, and insight and news about grantmaking and philanthropy. 
 

Grant Description 

Over the past two years, there has been a growing interest among CT’s philanthropic community in supporting organizing as a strategy to advance community change and promote equity and justice, both in specific localities and around issue areas including education, health care, criminal justice and immigration. Supporting Organizing Work Connecticut (SOW-CT) work grows out of the recognition that strong, effective organizing work – in any region and on any issue area—requires capacity and infrastructure for the organizing field that cuts across the boundaries of specific constituencies, geographic regions and issue silos. While individual foundations may have limitations and barriers that prevent them from addressing these intersectional, statewide needs, there is the potential to address them collectively and collaboratively. In order to move that work forward, SOW-CT is planning to hold an Organizer Gathering that will convene organizers across CT in a targeted and transparent dialogue to discuss needs, strategies and field gaps. 

5/24/2019 $5,000 Hartford CT
Build Public Understanding & Demand Institute for Educational Leadership

Institute for Educational Leadership 

Since 1964, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) has prepared and supported champions for equity in education and workforce development. IEL works at the local, state, and national levels, and increasingly within communities, to bridge longstanding political, racial, and systemic divides. IEL's mission is to equip leaders to better prepare children and youth for college, careers, & citizenship. 
 

Grant Description 

As part of their strategy to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and youth, the Institute for Educational Leadership (home of the Coalition for Community Schools and the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth) has employed a range of strategies designed to improve engagement practice while building systemic family and community engagement (FCE) capacity, including sponsoring an annual national FCE conference. Under this year’s theme, Engaging Families: A Sure Bet! the conference will highlight leadership at all levels and exciting local work in the Reno area and will be held July 10-12, 2019 at the Peppermill in Reno, NV. The 2019 National Family and Community Engagement conference will offer multiple opportunities for participants to learn about the latest research and examine how schools and communities around the country are realizing mutual goals and maximizing impact through productive family-school-community partnerships. NMEF funds will be used to support the participation of parent leaders, teacher leaders and a portion of the costs associated with the Family Engagement and Equity Plenary. 

 

5/21/2019 $5,000 Washington DC