School Solutions Seed Fund

15th Annual School Solutions Showcase

EdVestors’ annual Showcase takes place in April and features innovative projects supported by the School Solutions Seed Fund. The event is an opportunity for frontline educators to share their work with a broader audience. Guests in attendance have an opportunity to take one-on-one with Seed Fund project leaders informally, and observe formal presentations from a smaller group of projects on what they’ve learned so far. The 2017 Showcase will be held on:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Program: 4:00-6:00 pm
Reception: 6:00-7:00 pm
District Hall

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EdVestors’ School Solutions Seed Fund is a nimble investment vehicle for Boston educators to receive support for problem-solving, experimentation, and innovation in their schools. Seed funding provides schools with the opportunity to move quickly and test, plan, or pilot a solution to ongoing challenges impacting student learning.

Through the School Solutions Seed Fund, EdVestors makes initial investments of $10,000 each to up to 10 promising ideas, with a smaller number of seed-funded projects receiving larger, longer-term investments to expand their work based on early success and the potential for impact.

Seed Fund recipients form a Learning Cohort and participate in structured learning, sharing, and reflection together. The Cohort connects teachers and school leaders working on similar challenges across schools to share their best thinking on how to improve teaching and learning for all students. Seed Fund recipients also share their work with the broader urban education community each year at EdVestors’ annual Urban Education Showcase in April.

Investing in on-the-ground solutions, in partnership with our funders, is an essential part of EdVestors’ approach to strategic philanthropy. The Seed Fund pushes us to think beyond what we already know about how schools change, to remain open to new ideas, and to find even more transformative ways to work on behalf of all students.

Learn more about the 2017 School Solutions Seed Fund Grantees.

Grant Seekers

Guidelines

The Seed Fund creates opportunities for solution-seeking educators and nonprofits to respond to the problems they face daily on the front lines of education and taps into the innovative spirit of Boston’s educators and nonprofits — those who recognize a problem in their school or classroom and are ready to try a new strategy to address it.

Initial Seed Fund investments are for $10,000 to pilot proposed projects from January to June. Larger, longer-term investments are available for a subset of seed-funded initiatives to continue their work and expand or replicate their efforts in the following school year. Seed Fund recipients also form a Learning Cohort to share their experiences and best practices with each other and with EdVestors. Priority is given to solutions that take place during the school day.

Eligibility

Entrepreneurial and problem-solving educators (teachers, principals, headmasters) and system and network leaders (of BPS, charter, parochial, and independent schools) are eligible to apply to the School Solutions Seed Fund. We also welcome applications from nonprofit organizations partnering with schools to solve a school’s priority need. Projects should be clearly defined as a solution to a specific urban education challenge in classrooms or schools serving high-needs students in grades PreK- 12 in Boston.

Apply

The deadline to apply for funding for the 2016-17 school year is now closed. The next deadline to apply will be in November 2017 for January 2018 funding. New application guidelines will be posted in September 2017. For you reference, please see below for our most recent application.

2016-2017 Seed Fund Application