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Initiative Grantee Date Amount City State
Build Public Understanding & Demand Educate Maine

Educate Maine  

Educate Maine is a business-led education advocacy organization whose mission is to champion college and career, and increased education attainment. 

Grant Description  

This grant is to support Educate Maine as the backbone organization for the CCR Alliance effort in Maine in its 3rd year. In Year 3, Educate Maine will turn the engagement and education from Year 2 into action and implementation. In addition, they will take their research and communications plan and continue to execute a statewide outreach initiative on the value of education and Maine’s economic future. The primary lens for this will be equity and they will discuss what that looks like in terms of economics, geography, gender, and race. They will have a finer focus on the metrics of college and career readiness and clearly define achievement gaps, their root causes, and promote solutions. 


1/28/2019 $150,000 Portland ME
Build Public Understanding & Demand Growth Philanthropy Network

Growth Philanthropy Network 

The primary goal of the Growth Philanthropy Network (GPN) is to create a growth capital marketplace that can consistently finance the scale-up of high-impact nonprofit initiatives. In 2010, realizing that a cross-sector effort was needed to establish a marketplace, GPN established its signature initiative, the Social Impact Exchange. All of GPN’s work is currently conducted through the Exchange.

Grant Description  

This grant is to support completion of Phase 3 of this MA Systems Transformation effort by end of June 2019, as it moves from leverage point teams into action steps within an implementation plan. 

1/28/2019 $295,000 New York NY
Build Public Understanding & Demand Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University 

As a private university with a public purpose, RWU is: investing in excellence while holding costs; addressing problems that matter to society; promoting community-engaged work and civic scholarship; preparing lifelong learners, professionals and citizens; meeting learners of all ages and career stages where they are; mirroring the diversity of their region; welcoming and valuing all expressions of identity and diversity; promoting sustainability.  

Grant Description 

This grant will support CYCLE's full oversight of YLI 2018, which includes paying for the use of the venue, Babson Executive Center and other related costs. 

1/28/2019 $275,000 Bristol RI
Build Public Understanding & Demand The Connecticut Forum, Inc.

The Connecticut Forum, Inc. 

The Connecticut YOUTH Forum, a CT Forum program, nurtures high school aged youth in ways that compliment and often go far beyond what their school and home environments can provide. The YOUTH Forum engages 700 teenagers from over 35 Greater Hartford high schools in issue-focused discussions and youth initiated/led activities year-round. Youth are empowered to become effective spokespersons and leaders. 

Grant Description  

CT Youth Forum will continue building awareness and support for SCL in Hartford schools. They will also work toward Forum student leaders getting ELO credit for their involvement in the organization. 

1/28/2019 $30,000 Hartfod CT
Build Public Understanding & Demand Middletown Public Schools

Middletown Public Schools 

Middletown Public Schools educate 4800 students from preschool to high school, and offer a robust adult education program. The school system combines dedication and enthusiasm with current technology and facilities to educate and inspire our students. Middletown Public Schools take pride in the fact that their student body is rich in diversity. Coming from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds, their students thrive and grow as well-rounded individuals. 

Grant Description 

As part of this grant, district leaders work closely with coaching teams from Everyday Democracy and Great Schools Partnership to implement the district's community engagement plan. This grant will focus on building the capacity of the district to design, execute, and sustain authentic student, family and community engagement strategies for the purposes of shaping and influencing the future of learning in Middletown. The grant also provides support to continue to develop and strengthen a diverse coalition, ensure that historically marginalized groups are represented, integrate community engagement strategies in to the day-to-day operations of the district. 

1/28/2019 $20,000 Middletown CT
Build Public Understanding & Demand Education for Liberation Network

Education for Liberation Network 

The Education for Liberation Network is a national coalition of teachers, community activists, researchers, youth and parents who believe a good education should teach people—particularly low-income youth and youth of color—how to understand and challenge the injustices their communities face. The network aims to help improve the practice of Education for Liberation by bringing people together to learn from each other’s experiences. The network provides a space for members to share knowledge and work together to create tools for liberatory education. By building alliances that cross the boundaries of geography, occupation and age we hope to nurture communities of thoughtful, socially-engaged people and to maximize the impact of their work. 

Grant Description 

Free Minds, Free People (FMFP) is a national conference presented by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together young people, teachers, researchers, parents, and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation. This conference is a space in which these groups learn from and teach each other by sharing knowledge, experience, and strategies. 

1/14/2019 $8,000 Boston MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Center for Collaborative Education

Center for Collaborative Education 

The mission of the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) is to transform schools to ensure that all students succeed. They believe that schools should prepare every student to achieve academically and make a positive contribution to a democratic society. CCE partners with public schools and districts to create and sustain effective and equitable schools. 

Grant Description 

This grant will support youth and adult organizers from the Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP) to attend the annual meeting/conference of the North Dakota Study Group on Evaluation (NDSG) in Jackson, Mississippi in February 2019. BYOP is a youth-led, adult-supported coalition built upon the premise that BPS students are the people most affected by schools and therefore have the greatest stake in the quality of their education. The NDSG event will focus on the current struggles to improve the Jackson schools, in the context of ongoing civil rights and social/racial justice efforts in Jackson. The National Center for Fair and Open Testing is coordinating the transportation and trip to bring students to this event. More information is attached to this grant record. 

1/14/2019 $8,000 Boston MA
Build Public Understanding & Demand Close Up Foundation

Close Up Foundation 

Close Up informs, inspires, and empowers young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. They believe that a strong democracy requires active and informed participation by all citizens; therefore, they seek to reach participants of every race, creed, geographical community, socio-economic level, and academic standing. The overarching goal of Close Up is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective and responsible citizenship. 

Grant Description 

This sponsorship will support low-income students from Rhode Island and Connecticut to attend a non-partisan, civic education program - Close Up - in Washington, D.C. This experiential civics education program allows young people to receive educational opportunities to become active and engaged citizens, develop the skills needed to become community leaders, and more. The week-long, immersive education program takes a student-centered approach to teaching civics. More details on the programming can be found in the materials attached to this grant record. 

1/14/2019 $5,000 Alexandria VA
Grant Opportunities National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy 

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy is a progressive advocacy and watchdog group that monitors charitable spending in the United States. It advocates for a greater focus on social justice giving in the philanthropic sector. 

Grant Description  

Through a comprehensive program of research, advocacy, communications, and outreach, NCRP illuminates best practices for effective foundation funding of underserved communities, reports on sector funding trends, examines and shares successes and failures of individual foundations, and recognizes and highlights the work of exemplary foundations. 

12/21/2018 $100,000 Washington DC
Grant Opportunities Race Forward

Race Forward  

Race Forward's mission is to build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information, and experiences. They define racial justice as the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all and they work to advance racial justice through media, research, and leadership development. 

Grant Description 

This grant will support increased capacity of core programs—the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and Narrative, Arts, and Culture, as well as improved technology, infrastructure, and staff development. 

12/21/2018 $200,000 New York NY