Grants

Bessie-Rhodes-kids-2Foundation 65 Grantmaking

Foundation 65 invests in targeted investments and programming for students and empowers educator innovation and leadership.  Our grants range from Strategic impact grants at the District level, to Engagement grants within schools and community to Change Agent grants supporting teacher innovation.

Core Programs –  As an independent operating foundation, Foundation 65 raises funds and makes grants to the schools and to organizations.

Goals –  Foundation 65 views “arts” as any product of human creativity and “literacy” as any activity that involves reading and writing.  Through focused arts and literacy based programs, Foundation 65 strives to…

  • Complement District 65 arts and literacy goals
  • Support eduational equity
  • Foster educator innovation
  • Support students during foundational years

Grant making principles

Foundation 65 gives priority consideration to funding programs that target the following:

  1. Focused on literacy and/or the arts
  2. Support educational equity
  3. Created and led by educators
  4. Focused on children’s foundational years
  5. Exploring possibilities of replicable programming
  6. Support community and family engagement  

Foundation 65 provides funding in the following ways:

Change Agent Grants (one year grants)

Change Agent grants allow educators to have voice and agency in creating change in classrooms and beyond.  Responsive Grant proposals are focused on supporting teachers’ work within our schools.  In the past, teachers have started projects like Evanston Speaks, a spoken word program for middle schools students, and the Equity Site Concert, a social justice focused orchestra event.  Grant proposals can help fund in school initiatives or afterschool programs focused on arts and/or literacy.  Grant proposals should align with the criteria above.  Applicants are welcome to contact our offices to discuss project ideas before submitting a proposal.  Grant proposals may be submitted electronically or via mail to the Executive Director at the Foundation 65 offices.  Please see this site for more details and to download an application.

Engagement Grants

Engagement Grants support projects and interventions that expand beyond a single classroom or year to create longer-term impacts and sustainability.Community Engagement Grants are single year OR multi-year grants that are targeted to reach a broader audience – affecting as many students and/or schools as possible in the designated time frame.  These grants must meet the criteria detailed in Foundation 65’s Purpose, Core Programs and Goals, and relate to our Grant Making Principles, as listed above. 

For Engagement Grants, Foundation 65 asks all interested applicants to contact our offices to discuss project ideas.

Proposals for these grants may only be submitted by invitation. 

Strategic Grants

Strategic Grants invest in District-wide change and sustainable improvement in literacy for our K-2 striving readers.Strategic Grants are multi-year grants focusing on achieving a specific outcome. These grants must be targeted to reach a broader audience – affecting as many students and/or schools as possible in the designated time frame and are expected to meet the criteria of at least one of Foundation 65’s Purpose, Core Programs and Goals, and relate to our Grant Making Principles, as detailed above. They must also demonstrate an investment in district-wide change and improvement in education.

For Strategic Grants, Foundation 65 asks all interested applicants to contact our offices to discuss project ideas.

Proposals for these grants may only be submitted by invitation. 

Review process

The Foundation 65 Program Committee will review all proposals and provide funding recommendations to the Board of Directors.  After initial review of a proposal, additional information may be requested.  Final funding decisions are made by the Foundation 65 Board.

Applicants who do not meet criteria for funding will receive notice from the Foundation 65 office.  Applicants may re-apply after criteria are met.

Responsibilities of grantees

All grantees are responsible for submitting a final evaluation at the end of the

program/project.  Multi-year programs will be required to submit annual updates.

Additionally, grantees are asked to submit photos, student work, anecdotal information and testimonials at the end of the project.  It is the responsibility of the grantee to ensure that a media consent form for all submitted photos of students and student work is on file at District 65.