Raikes Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Raikes Foundation’s K-12 education grants focus on providing all children access to a quality education in the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks organizations focusing on marginalized, vulnerable and historically disenfranchised students.

PROFILE: In 2002, the Raikes’ established the Raikes Foundation, initially focusing on young people. Jeff and Tricia Raikes met in the early 1980s while working for Microsoft. The couple later married and Jeff Raikes went on to serve as the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2017, the foundation’s focus evolved to “[b]reak down the barriers that stand in the way of young people’s success and build up the environments where they learn, live and grow.” The foundation’s grantmaking programs include Education, Expanded Learning Opportunities and Youth Homelessness.  

The foundation’s Education program broadly focuses on providing young people with “[a]ccess to rich, supportive and challenging education experiences that affirm who they are and prepare them to thrive as adults in family, community and career.” This program awards grants to organizations located all over the United States. However, the foundation limits its Expanded Learning Opportunities grants to organizations working in Washington state.  

Raikes Foundation grants vary widely, ranging from $750 to nearly $2 million. Howeer, the majority of grants range from $10,000 to $250,000. Past K-12 education grantees include the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), which received funding for its social and emotional learning work for students from preschool to high school; and Turnaround for Children, which received a grant for it work established Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) for students around the country. To learn more about the types of organizations Raikes supports and at what level, explore its grantees list.

The Raikes Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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