Carnegie Corporation of New York: Grants for College Readiness

 

OVERVIEW: The Carnegie Corporation supports education, democracy, international peace and security and higher education and research in Africa. Its education program runs sub-initiatives in the areas of leadership and teaching, new designs for advanced learning, postsecondary success, public understanding and integration, learning and innovation. College readiness is supported through the new designs for advanced learning initiative.

IP TAKE: Carnegie's new designs for advanced learning program supports the creation of learning experiences that are meaningful and rigorous. Many of its grantees aim to achieve this goal via teacher development in the STEM disciplines. This funder accepts letters of inquiry via its online portal.

PROFILE: The Carnegie Corporation of New York was founded in 1911 by the industrialist Andrew Carnegie and is known as "America's oldest grant making foundation." The corporation aims to "promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding," prioritizing "international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy." Its four stated initiatives are education, democracy, international peace and security and higher education and research in Africa.

Carnegie's education program emphasizes the need for public education in the U.S. to provide "all students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions they need to be active participants in a robust democracy and to be successful in the global economy." To this end, the corporation has named five focus areas: leadership and teaching, new designs to advance learning, pathways to post-secondary success, public understanding and integration, learning and innovation. Support for college readiness stems from the corporation's new designs to advance learning program, which aims to create a "new vision" of education in which purposeful, holistic learning experiences lead to the mastery of "the higher order skills and knowledge that enable postsecondary success." One past grantee, Trellis Education, aims to improve the quality of California's teachers in the STEM disciplines. Another grantee, Illustrative Mathematics, is developing a professional learning support system for teachers of mathematics that aims to produce "measurable growth in teachers' knowledge and quality of instruction."

Carnegie Corporation's education grants range from $15,000 to over $1 million, with most grants falling between $200,000 and $600,000. Grants have been awarded to organizations of all sizes. A searchable database of grantees is available on the Carnegie Corporation website.

This funder accepts letters of inquiry on an ongoing basis through its application portal.

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