The Bay & Paul Foundations: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Bay & Paul Foundations support transformative preK-12 learning, arts and humanities education, indigenous communities, research for ecosystem integrity and educational applications of cultural collections. The foundations are active in the New York-New Jersey area, but fund projects in other areas of the U.S.

IP TAKE: The Bay and Paul Foundations are active in the New York-New Jersey area, but fund organizations in other parts of the United States as well. This funder does not accept unsolicited inquiries or proposals.

PROFILE: The Bay & Paul Foundations are the result of a merger of the Bay Foundation and the Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation, both of which were established by Josephine Bay Paul, a former president of the A. M. Kidder securities company. Based in New York City, these foundations operate as a single entity to “support organizations that prepare agents of change working to strengthen our social compact and develop authentic solutions to the problems of this pivotal century.” The foundations four initiatives are transformative preK-12 learning, arts and humanities education, support for indigenous communities, research for ecosystem integrity and educational applications of cultural collections.

Funding for K-12 education stems from the foundations’ transformative education, arts and humanities and cultural collections programs. The transformative learning initiative supports projects in which students and educators collaborate in the development of “environments that contribute to strengthening civil society” with an emphasis youth voice and agency. A recent grantee, Up for Learning, uses researched based methods to improve the working relationships of teachers and students. In terms of arts and humanities education, the foundations support projects that move beyond the academic study of the arts to involve communities in the development of cultural literacy. For example, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, a past recipient of funding, connects a diverse body of students to musical traditions from around the world through a rigorous after school program. Bay and Paul’s educational applications of cultural collections initiative invests in educational programs that use collections at museums, libraries, archives and other institutions as a means of encouraging students to become active agents of change. Among the institutions supported by this initiative are New York City’s Brooklyn Museum and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Connecticut.      

The Bay and Paul Foundations run grant cycles in January and June each year. While there are no geographical restrictions, many grantees operate in the greater New York-New Jersey area.

This funder does not accept funding inquiries; application is by invitation only. General inquiries may be made via email.

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