Foundation 65 Awards a Record Number of Responsive Grants

Foundation 65 is pleased to announce its Responsive Grant awardees for the 2019-20 school year. A record 35 applications were submitted to Foundation 65 this year, more than triple the amount that have been received in past years. The 15 winning projects impact nearly every school in District 65 and are largely teacher-led. In total, more than $27,000 in funding for grantees will be provided by Foundation 65.

“The purpose of Responsive Grants is to help support teachers and local organizations to bring new and innovative ideas to District 65 schools,” said F65 Board President Dr. Keith Robinson. “We are thrilled to fund these outstanding, important projects for our D65 students.”

Primarily centered on arts and literacy, the responsive grant projects will offer support for underrepresented student populations, such as English language learners (ELL), low income, students of color and students with disabilities. Topics include a book club focused on black girls, expansion of the Books and Breakfast program, and an artists-in-residence program. Past grant recipient, the Musical Offering, plans to put on an opera at two separate schools.

Funding for the responsive grants is limited to up to $3,000 per project for a one-year period.  Evanston community members, District 65 alumni, and local foundations fund these projects each year. 

Grantee award winners will be recognized at the District 65 School Board meeting on June 3 at 7:00 pm.  The meeting is open to the public.

The 15 winning Responsive Grant projects and the benefitting school(s) are:

  • Empowering Kindergarten Latinx Families (Washington)
  • Learn-A-Bration: A Black History Month Celebration (Bessie Rhodes)
  • Black Girl Magic Book Club (Walker)
  • Send-home Centers (Dawes)
  • Heard! Working with graphic artist Verzell James (Walker)
  • Take Home Books (Walker)
  • Musical Offering’s Opera Project (Dawes and Oakton)
  • Drama CDC Collaborations (Lincoln)
  • Artists In Residence with Eye on Equity: Ben Blount (Dewey)
  • Mudlark Theater’s Evanston School Desegregation Play and Workshop Series (Kingsley)
  • Literacy Bags (Willard)
  • AAC Core Vocabulary Initiative (King Lab, Nichols, Lincoln, Park School, Joseph E. Hill Education Center)
  • Sensory Based Creative Drama (Park School)
  • Change Worlds Partnership (Lincolnwood)
  • Books and Breakfast Program Expansion: Haven (Dewey, King Lab, Kingsley, Lincoln and Lincolnwood)