OVERVIEW: The Edward E. Ford Foundation supports independent secondary schools with traditional and leadership grants.
IP TAKE: Supporting independent secondary schools in the U.S. and its territories, the Edward E. Ford Foundation awards traditional grants to support the development of best practices, sustainability and institutional collaboration. It’s leadership grants invest in projects that have the potential to impact secondary education broadly.
PROFILE: Based in Brooklyn, New York, the Edward E. Ford Foundation was founded in 1957 by Edward E. Ford, an entrepreneur and early director of IBM. The foundation aims to “strengthen and support independent secondary schools and to challenge and inspire them to leverage their unique talents, expertise and resources.” It prioritizes best practices for teaching and learning, sustainability, and institutional collaboration, offering traditional grants to individual schools and leadership grants for projects that have the potential to impact secondary education broadly.
The foundation’s traditional grants address specific needs at individual schools such as program expansion or establishment, professional development or capital improvements. Leadership grants support those projects which “promise a significant impact on the practice and thinking in the independent school community throughout the country.” For example, the Bentley School of Oakland, California used a leadership grant to develop and implement its Transformative Learning for Transformative Leaders interdisciplinary curriculum.
Edward E. Ford Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000 and all grants require recipient schools to match awards dollar-for-dollar with their own fundraising. Only independent secondary schools in the U.S. and its territories are eligible to apply. Lists of past recipients of traditional and leadership grants are available on the foundation’s website.
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