Change Agent Grants (formerly “Responsive Grants”)

Change Agent grants allow educators to have voice and agency in creating change in classrooms and beyond.  

Each year educators and community-based organizations submit grant proposals to fund innovative classroom and building based projects having a direct impact on students.  These grants give educators voice and agency as we empower them to lead and create real change as we strive toward educational equity. 


These grants can be valuable resources to teachers and local organizations and serve as an incubator for innovative ideas that have the potential to expand across the district.

Foundation 65 is pleased to support the following projects in 2019-2020:

  • 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 (Washington)
  • 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)
  • Changing Worlds Partnership (Lincolnwood)
  • Books and Breakfast Program Expansion: Haven (Dewey, King Lab, Kingsley, Lincoln and Lincolnwood)

Visit FY20 funding responsive grants to learn more.

Change Agent Grants (formerly “Responsive Grants”)

Change Agent Grant Guidelines

Change Agent grants are funded for an academic year starting in September of each year.  Grants range from $500 to $3000.  Grant applications are due on February 21, 2020.

We understand that educator skill lies in educating, not in grant writing.  For Change Agent grant applications, we simply ask that you share your idea and impact.  Grants will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Does the proposed project focus on literacy or the arts?
  • Does it help strive toward educational equity?
  • Is there a measurable impact to the program?
  • Could it be replicated or expanded in the future?
  • Does it connect with community or families? (if relevant)

Change Agent grants should promote institutional change by examining education through an equity lens in relation to race, socioeconomic status, ability, national origin and/or other social identities that have been impacted by disparate educational outcomes.  Foundation 65 will support grants that deepen understanding of windows and mirrors in curriculum design, expand knowledge of the world for our students, and build teacher leaders in making our educational community more equitable for all children. 

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.

  • Application deadline is February 21, 2020
  • Funding is limited to up to $3,000 per project
  • Successful applicants will be notified in May
  • Approved programs will receive funding the following July

Applications should be e-mailed to [email protected] and/or mailed to:

Foundation 65
PO Box 750
Evanston, IL 60204

F65 Grant Application Form.Change Agent 2020

F65 Grant Application Form.Change Agent 2020

Questions can be directed to 847-637-7193