Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation invests in education, land conservation, healthcare, science and scouts, journalism and the Danbury, Connecticut area. Its education program supports charter schools, advocacy for education reform and the recruitment and training of high quality education professionals.

IP TAKE: The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation invest in education, land conservation, healthcare, science and scouts, journalism and the Danbury, Connecticut area. Its education program supports charter school networks, organizations that advocate for education reform and high-quality teacher training and recruitment programs. The foundation also supports K-12 education through its science and scouts initiative. This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals but invites potential grantees to call program officers to discuss funding opportunities.

PROFILE: The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation (PCLB) was established in 1999 by Peter Buck, a co-founder of the Subway fast-food restaurant chain, and his wife, Carmen Lucia. Based in New York City, the foundation is committed to "giving motivated people the tools they need to help themselves." Its primary funding initiative is education and aims to improve access to high quality K-12 education. The foundation's other initiatives--land conservation, healthcare, science and scouts, journalism and the Danbury, Connecticut area--receive less funding.

The foundation's education program names three sub-initiatives: charter schools, advocacy and "people quality," which refers to the recruitment and preparation of high quality education professionals. The charter school initiative supports both large and small charter organizations. One grantee, Success Academies, runs 51 schools in New York City, and another, Uncommon Schools, a network serving low-income urban students in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, runs 52 schools. Among the smaller charter school grantees are the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School organization, which runs four schools in New York city, and Jumoke Academy, which serves urban Hartford, Connecticut and is comprised of only three schools. Grantees in the area of advocacy include Education Reform Now, a think tank that addresses education policy on the national level, and Educators for Excellence, a teacher-led education policy initiative. The foundation has also supported the recruitment and preparation of teachers and administrator through grants to education programs at Quinnipiac University and New York University.

PCLB also supports K-12 education through its science and scouts initiative, which aims to provide students with "new ideas, experiences and opportunities" by supporting after-school and summer programs in the subject area of science. In addition to New York and Connecticut chapters of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America organizations, this initiative has supported youth programs at the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop in Hamden, Connecticut; the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut and New York City's American Museum of Natural History.

PCLB grants range from $12,000 to $1 million, with most grants falling within the range of $100,000 to $500,000. Most grantees operate in the Northeast. A complete list of grantees is available at the foundation's website.

This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals but encourages organizations to call program officers to discuss funding opportunities. General inquires may be made via email.

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