Edward E. Ford Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Edward E. Ford Foundation supports independent, private secondary schools in the U.S. with a focus on advancing best practices for teaching and learning. 

IP TAKE: This funder awards traditional grants for school-based projects and educational leadership grants, which are directed toward larger projects that have the potential to impact secondary education more broadly. The application process begins with an agenda placement phone call with the foundation.

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 educational leadership grants for projects that have the potential to impact secondary education broadly.

The Edward E. Ford Foundation's traditional grants address specific needs at individual schools such as program expansion or establishment, professional development or capital improvements. In San Francisco, the Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart used funding to support a technology-based emotional intelligence and wellness program. Educational leadership grants support projects which "promise a significant impact on the practice and thinking in the independent school community throughout the country." The Bentley School of Oakland, California used a leadership grant to develop and implement its Transformative Learning for Transformative Leaders 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 educational leadership grants are available on the foundation's website.

The foundation requests that heads of schools make an appointment for an agenda placement phone call, after which schools may be invited to apply for grants using the online application materials.


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