Carnegie Corporation of New York: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Carnegie Corporation of New York supports education, democracy, international peace and security. It also invests in higher education and research in Africa.

IP TAKE: Carnegie’s education program prioritizes leadership and teaching, new designs for education, postsecondary pathways, public understanding and integration, learning and innovation. This funder awards over 50 education grants each year and accepts letters of inquiry through its online application 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 comprehensive 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. The leadership and teaching subprogram prioritizes the recruitment, preparation and development of teachers for today's diverse classrooms, while the new designs to advance learning program aims to develop and implement "whole school" models that enhance learning. The foundation’s pathways to post-secondary success program supports efforts to align K-12 standards with the expectations and requirements of higher education. The focus of Carnegie's pubic understanding program is family engagement in K-12 education. Finally, combining the priorities of Carnegie's other education sub-programs, the integration, learning and innovation initiative aims to integrate a broad scope of research findings and best practices findings to support a model of public education that "embraces complexity, interdependence and nuanced implementation."

Carnegie Corporation's education grants range from $15,000 to over $1 million, with most grants falling between $200,000 and $600,000. The foundation awards over fifty education grants each year. Past grantees in the area of K-12 education include Columbia University’s Teachers College, InnovateEDU, Third Sector New England and Turnaround for Children, Inc. A searchable database of grantees is available on the Carnegie Corporation website.

This funder accepts letters of inquiry on a rolling basis through links on each of focus area pages and usually responds to potential applicants within four to six weeks.

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