May 1 and December 1
Apply for grants for Family and Community Roles in Supporting Student Success
The foundation’s Pacific Northwest Team is interested in supporting programs and research that advance understanding about the impact of family and community on student achievement from early childhood through college. Approximately ten grants of $25,000 to $50,000 each will be awarded annually.
Student success is a shared responsibility among families, communities, and schools. Family and community supports are a determining factor in student engagement and success in school. While research supports that effective teaching is the most critical student success factor within school settings, there is a growing body of emerging research and practice exploring the family and community roles that can have the biggest impact on student learning.
We support programs and research which:
- Target the elimination of educational disparities for low-income students and students of color
- Demonstrate a commitment to improving student engagement and achievement through the use of family or community supports and interventions
- Exhibit commitment and organizational capacity to facilitate meaningful collaboration and input from multiple community stakeholders or organizations, including at least one educational institution
- Provide evidence of sufficient capacity and commitment to collect and share data to inform activities and measure the impact of these activities on student achievement
The Pacific Northwest Team serves residents of Washington State and select Oregon communities (Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties). We are not able to fund proposals from for-profit organizations or individuals. Public schools seeking grants should work with their school district to have the district apply on their behalf. For this grant opportunity, we are not able to accept applications for projects that require a fiscal sponsor or fiscal agent.
If your project meets the criteria above, you may submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through our online portal. We anticipate ongoing annual deadlines on May 1 and December 1 beginning in 2013, though the specific area of focus (currently Family and Community Roles in Supporting Student Success) may evolve over time. We request only one submission per organization per deadline. Due to the large number of requests we receive, staff is not able to provide individual guidance on LOI submissions.
To get started, please access our online portal by clicking on the link below. Once you have created an account, identify the Pacific Northwest LOI opportunity and download the LOI guidelines to inform the content of your request. After you have completed your account profile, you will be able to review your LOI and make any changes before submitting your request to the foundation.
Create or Access Your Account
Review and Funding Determination
If your LOI meets our funding criteria, you may be invited to provide further information through a brief phone interview. A request for additional information does not guarantee funding. Staff members review your materials carefully, and make funding decisions based primarily on written submissions. In addition to determining whether the proposed project supports the foundation’s priorities, staff will assess the feasibility and sustainability of the project. Notification of a grant award decision will be made within three months of LOI due dates.